Category Archives: Fulfilled Prophecy

God’s Answers Habakkuk’s Second Plea

👑 “I will stand my watch And set myself on the rampart, And watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer WHEN I AM CORRECTED. Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, THAT HE MAY RUN THAT READS IT. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; BUT THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY HIS FAITH. “Indeed, because he transgresses by wine, He is a proud man, And he does not stay at home. Because he enlarges his desire as hell, And he is like death, and cannot be satisfied, He gathers to himself all nations And heaps up for himself all peoples.” ~ Habakkuk 2:1-5

Note:

Most bible experts agree that Habakkuk’s conversation with God centers on Israel’s rebellious refusal to repent from sin and God’s response – bringing a foreign nation in to its land as God’s corrective rod of punishment; that being the nation of the Chaldeans.

Habakkuk fears the obvious – that his people, the Jews, and his nation – will remain in bondage forever to a wicked people whom despised God’s holiness.

Herein lies the contradiction. Israel already had God’s favor and yet, chose to rebel against God. In response – God is bringing punishment against His people and nation by allowing a wicked rebellious nation more wicked than they – to overwhelm them.

Habakkuk is slowly beginning to see that God doesn’t deal with mankind the way mankind might deal with itself. No. God measures out punishment as a preparation for genuine repentance; drawing His own back to a right priority of obedience toward He rather than self and the world.

Do you think God may be dealing with His bride – the church that is Jesus Christ – in the same manner today? Might He be allowing our suffering as a nations so that we might examine ourselves properly and returning to right standing toward He? 💕

What is the Rapture?

The Coming Rapture

What is the Rapture?


The term Rapture indicates a swift catching up or rescuing of devoted followers of Christ before the terrible events of the Tribulation.

Does this mean that some people will not have to live through the holocaust that is coming? YES. Terrible events are coming—the Rapture is your ticket to escape.

The English term Rapture comes from the phrase “caught up” found in I Thessalonians 4. There the Greek text (the original language of the New Testament) includes the word “harpazo”, which means to seize upon with force or to catch or snatch up.

The Latin translators of the Greek New Testament Bible translated that word, harpazo, “rapturo”. The Latin, rapturo, became the root word for the English term Rapture.

Through the Rapture, God will catch-up His church—the devoted followers of Christ. By this event faithful followers of Christ will be saved from the terrible Tribulation-period events that are to come.

John, the writer of the book of Revelation, said it this way: The church will be “kept from the hour of testing that shall come upon the world” (Revelation 3:10).

Paul, writing of the quick and sudden nature of the Rapture records: “Behold I show you a mystery we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment in the twinkling of an eye…the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised…and we shall be changed.” (1 Cor. 15:51-52)

Writing to the Thessalonian Church, Paul wrote:

“For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout…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.” (1 Thess. 16-18)


Jesus spoke about the suddenness of the Rapture:

“There will be two in the field, and then suddenly one will be left.”
“There will be two women grinding at the mill. One will be taken, and one will be left.”
In addition, in Luke 12 Jesus notes the importance of expecting His return. In Matthew 24 Jesus spoke of the need to be watching and waiting and ready for his return.

Summary:

The Rapture represents Jesus fulfilling His promise to come again (John 14:3 and Acts 1:9) and rescue His people, the true Church, from the upcoming time of wrath (Rev. 3:10).

There are more than two dozen allusions to the Rapture in the Bible. The admonition is to be spiritually prepared for this event. Those who are not spiritually prepared will be left behind and will have to endure the horrors of the seven-year tribulation period.

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Praying for the Lost

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“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)

Intercessory prayer in church must not be for other believers only, but also for unbelievers. Many attendees mistakenly consider themselves true Christians, and others are merely curious. Both are doomed for a Christless and hopeless eternity. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

There is still an opportunity to reach them, as the hymn “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship” reminds us.

Brethren, see poor sinners round you
Slumb‘ring on the brink of woe;
Death is coming, hell is moving,
Can you bear to let them go?
See our fathers and our mothers
And our children sinking down;
Brethren, pray, and holy manna
Will be showered all around.

George Askins, “We Have Met to Worship”

Our hearts should especially be broken for loved ones who face eternity without Christ as Savior. What can be done? Pray. God answers the prayer of His children. We are assured that “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16).

What would this serving of manna be worth to you to see a wayward family member or neighbor repent of their sin and come back to fellowship with God? To see your fractured church healed of the disunity caused by wolves disguised as sheep? Surely this manna would be sweet indeed. Surely it is worth an hour of intercessory prayer. JDM

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