IS THE RAPTURE NEAR?

 

THE LORD IS NOT SLACK

The UN International Day of Peace, the Jewish year 5777 and the Great Revelation 12 Sign have come and gone. God’s Word has not changed, but skeptics pile on more callousness against belief that a rapture of the church will take place. Humanity does not seek out their own salvation in this hour and they perish for lack of knowledge! (Philippians 2:12; Hosea 4:6)

2 Peter 3:9 (KJV) 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

The Lord tarries, delaying His return, giving all that will the opportunity to repent, wishing none would perish. In this delay, signs and warnings increase attempting to motivate individuals to pay attention!

SIGNS INTENSIFIED

Consider news reports following the 30 days after the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse that some said was a warning from God for U.S. citizens to repent:

Aug. 21-31, over 2,300 earthquake clusters in Yellowstone National Park.
Aug. 25, Hurricane Harvey hit Texas.
Aug. 30, Hurricane Harvey hit Louisiana.

Aug. 30, at least 41 million around the world displaced due to flooding
Sept. 2-6, dozens of small earthquakes in Idaho.
Sept. 3, 229,000 acres have burned in California this year.
Sept. 6, 250,000 acres have burned in Oregon this year.
Sept. 6, Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean.
Sept. 6, Hurricane Irma passed near and badly damaged Puerto Rico.
Sept. 6, Hurricane Irma hit the U.S. Virgin Island.
Sept. 8, 8.1 earthquake hit Mexico.
Sept. 9, Hurricane Katia hit Mexico.
Sept. 10, Hurricane Irma hit the U.S. Florida Keys.
Sept. 10, Hurricane Irma hit the state of Florida.
Sept. 10, wildfires have burned one million acres in Montana this year.
Sept. 12, Hurricane Irma hit Georgia and South Carolina.
Sept. 19, Hurricane Maria hit the Caribbean.

Sept. 19, 7.1 earthquake hit Mexico City.
Sept. 20, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico.

Sept. 22, 6.1 earthquake hit Mexico
Sept. 23, 4.5 earthquake hit Mexico

I am skeptical many times of too much that is made out of events, but something I read dealing with these recent events is interesting:

The names of Hurricanes Jose and Maria are Spanish. The English equivalent is Joseph and Mary. While the Revelation 12 Sign (Virgo and Leo: Virgin and Jesus; First and Second Coming) was in the heavens for the first time in 6,000 years, Jose and Maria (Joseph and Mary) were impacting each other on earth.

Can anyone but God arrange this in the heavens and on earth?”

I do know that Jesus said:

Luke 21:25-28 (KJV)

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

PEACE

On Sept. 22, 2017, White House Correspondent, William Koenig, said the following about President Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan:

It is comprised of the following elements: a U.S. coalition of Sunni countries with Israel to oppose Iran, while calling on the Sunnis to normalize relationships with Israel; expecting Arabs to force Abbas to accept a peace plan with Israel; and requiring Israel to give up most of Judea, Samaria and maybe parts of East Jerusalem.

Trump is motivating Egyptian President el-Sisi and possibly King Abdullah of Jordan to get involved in the Israeli-Palestinian talks, with the inducement of U.S. foreign aid to two countries in great economic need, as well as providing much needed military equipment. Moreover, they have the Saudis and other Sunni countries supporting a U.S./Sunni/Israel coalition out of great concerns over Iran. This follows President Trump’s Sept. 18 statement, “I think there is a good chance it could happen.”

Also, Egyptian Pres. el-Sisi’s Sept. 22 appeal to the Palestinian people said to “be ready to coexist with the Israelis in safety and peace to achieve stability and security for all” (see 1Thess. 5:3).

Notice that while President Trump was talking about his peace plan on Sept. 18, 2017, the very powerful Hurricane Maria was moving in on the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, and the devastating earthquake hit Mexico (Joel 3:2).

GOG AND MAGOG

Late Aug. 2017, Israel advised the White House that it is nearing the end of its diplomatic efforts to stop Iran from stationing of troops and building bases and factories in Syria.

Aug. 30, 2017, Russia warned Israel “not to authorize an attack on Iranian military facilities in Syria.”

On Sept. 1, 2017, it was reported that Israel has notified the world to stop Iran’s buildup in Syria or “Israel will take military action.”

Sept. 20, 2017, Russia advised the U.S. in a secret meeting that Russia will respond with force if the Syrian army or Russian assets are fired upon by U.S. proxies (possibly including Israel).

Sept. 22, 2017, Israel destroyed an Iranian-backed Hezbollah weapons convoy near Damascus.

BIRTH PAINS

The disciples asked Jesus, what will be the sign of your coming, what will the signs be? (Matthew 24:4-7) Jesus answered them listing signs, wars and rumors of wars, famine, pestilence and earthquakes. He called these things “the beginning of sorrows.” The Greek word translated “sorrows” means travail (labor pains or birth pangs).

Birth pains increase in frequency and intensity as the birth of a child nears. The idea is that sorrows or travail (deception, war, famine, pestilence and earthquakes, etc.) will become more severe (closer together and more intense) as His return draws near.

INTENSE FOCUS

Never has there been an hour more critical than now to be watching, waiting and anticipating the return of Christ!

Hebrews 10:25 instructs us to meet and exhort the glorious return of Christ! It is a time of great anticipation and happiness. A time to be intently focused on the return of Christ!

Hebrews 10:25 (KJV)

25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

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