PART I MEETING THE LORD HIMSELF IN THE AIR 15For this we [Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy] say to you [the church of the Thessalonians] by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord Himself […]

PART I MEETING THE LORD HIMSELF IN THE AIR 15For this we [Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy] say to you [the church of the Thessalonians] by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord Himself […]

JESUS IS COMING

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The fig tree which Jesus mentioned in Matt. 24:32 is the key to understanding the timing of the next prophetic event’s fulfillment—the rapture of the church. The parable of the fig tree was recorded in Luke 13:6-9 and may be understood as follows: 1. the man who had a fig tree was Jesus; 2. the […]

Some 18 suppositions and facts about the Rapture: 1. it will likely happen between 5-8 a.m. (New York time); 2. it will occur on Rosh Hashanah (aka the Feast of Trumpets) in the Jewish year of 5775 (celebrated in 2014 on Sept. 24th and 25th); 3. in Jerusalem synagogue services, the shofar is sounded several […]

THE RAPTURE

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Introduction Presently, a reluctance exists in local churches to address the subject of the Rapture of the church.  This essay will suggest reasons to resist this reluctance as well as to present some facts that point toward the Rapture being an imminent event. Reasons to Study the Rapture Four of the nine letters Paul wrote […]

Introduction Shortly following this writer’s new birth, God impressed seminary upon his new spirit as well as his wife’s new spirit.  The seminary of choice featured dispensationalism. Fortunately, the seminary’s curriculum strongly emphasized meticulous study of the scriptures.  Unfortunately, the seminary’s professors taught two doctrines regarding the rapture: one, that the rapture was imminent; and […]

Total Depravity

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Introduction In a recent discussion about the Rapture of children, it was suggested that pre-adolescent children of believing parents would be raptured based on their having no knowledge of good or evil (cf. Deut. 1:39 for evidence of the lack of this knowledge in children; cf. 1 Cor. 7:14 for a believing parent causing the […]

ON KNOWING THE LENGTH OF A BIBLICAL GENERATION AND THE TIME OF THE RAPTURE     Introduction Jesus warned the leader of a believing Jewish congregation in Sardis, “. . . If therefore you will not wake up, I will come like a thief (emphasis mine), and you will not know at what hour I […]

Introduction   In the late summer of 1992, Thomas Ice authored an article in Biblical Perspectives entitled, “Israel’s Fall Feasts and Date-Setting of the Rapture,” vol. V, no. 4. Austin, TX: Biblical Awareness Ministries, 1992.  Ice’s article argued that only Israel fulfills its Fall Feasts—not the Rapture of the church.  His essay may well have […]