A DAILY LIGHT BITE

DOES AND DON’T’S

Some say that Christianity or religion is just a bunch of does and don’ts meted out by a judgmental God! Well, one things for sure, when my son was little I often had to say don’t do that, or you can do that! Did that make me a harsh, judgemental dad? Of course not, I did it because I love him and wanted the best for him and I knew because I’m older and wiser that something’s are harmful, thus I said no or don’t or don’t touch, but if it was good and helpful I would of course say yes!!

God is so much wiser than any of us, and because He is all-knowing He say’s DON’T, to something’s, and DO, to others! Here are some beauties from Psalm 37 and I challenge anyone to say that God HASN’T got our best interests in mind here!

Psalm 37

Verse 1 don’t worry and don’t be envious of those who do wrong.

Verse 3 [Instead], do trust in the Lord and do good, then you will live safely in the land and prosper.

Verse 7 [Do] be still in the presence of the Lord and [do] wait for Him to act. [Or my paraphrase, ‘Stop fidgeting, keep still, don’t be restless, lay in God’s arms and in His time He’ll act’!]

Verse 8 don’t be angry and don’t be full of rage. Do not envy others- it only leads to harm.

Verse 34 don’t be impatient for the Lord to act! Travel steadily along His path.

Pretty sage and sound advise if you ask me. So go and do the do’s and don’t do the don’ts! [Sounds a bit like a Police song!] LOL

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

30.7.2017

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God puts the CALM in CALaMity.

So, we have looked at 3 possible scenarios regarding harpazo [the forceful snatching away of the Church from the earth!] The second and third on the surface could lead us to get a bit stressed out and anxious at just the thought of it. I was trying to think of words to express what it would be like if there was a world war 3 or the forces of nature [which are being rocked even now] get 10 times worse!? So here are the ones I’ve thought of:

*Disastrous *Catastrophic *Cataclysmic *Devastating *Dire *Tragic *Fatal *Ruinous *Crippling *Awful *Dreadful *Terrible *Woeful *Grievous *Calamitous *Direful *Disastrous *Calamity.

It was when I looked over these words that I noticed that the word “calamity” had within it the word calm! This reminded me of Jesus in the boat in the middle of the raging storm and he slept like a baby because not only did He know His Father in heaven would protect Him, He also knew He Himself was the Prince of Peace and He was the calm in the storm and He knew also that He had complete power and authority in and over this demonic storm!

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FIG 1 The eye is so calm because the now strong surface winds that converge towards the center never reach it. The Coriolis force deflects the wind slightly away from the center, causing the wind to rotate around the center of the hurricane (the eye wall), leaving the exact center (the eyecalm.

So, whatever storms are in your life right NOW find Christ at the centre of the storm and abide in Him! Or those that may yet come or the increase of those worldwide as we see riots and almost civil war in Venezuela, the threat of North Korea, Iran, China and Russia. Of the threat of conflict in India and China, the escalating tensions in Israel, the threat of more volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunami’s, more storms to come, flooding, famine, the threat of drought and fires in Italy and fires across Europe and the States, civil unrest worldwide, not to mention financial troubles ahead, and the possible threat of Cosmic cataclysmic destruction. He can also be found in these storms likewise! No wonder the Lord said:

And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; and upon the earth [there will be] distress (trouble and anguish) of nations in bewilderment and perplexity [without resources, left wanting, embarrassed, in doubt, not knowing which way to turn] at the roaring (the echo) of the tossing of the sea,  Men swooning away or expiring with fear and dread and apprehension and expectation of the things that are coming on the world; for the [very] powers of the heavens will be shaken and caused to totter”. Luke 21:25-26

But in Jesus’ words to the disciple regards His going away and His return for His Bride [the Church] and what would transpire over the years between these events,  He comforted them with these words: Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me. John 14:1 Jesus would not use this phraseology if there was not something coming that our flesh and souls would fear! However, He said also “Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled”.] John 14:27 Jesus knew what would befall His disciples and He knows what is just around the corner from us! But the words He spoke to them then also apply to us now! Jesus also said: “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you”.] John 26:33

And finally a few very wonderful and timely words from Paul:

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WHATEVER IS COMING UPON THE EARTH, AND SOMETHING IS COMING, NEVERTHELESS, WHATEVER IT MAY BE, FIND THE PEACE OF CHRIST IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM. REMEMBER, BOTH THE WISE MAN’S AND THE FOOLISH MAN’S HOUSES [LIVES] WERE BATTERED BY THE STORM, BUT THE WISE MAN BUILD UPON A STRONG FOUNDATION OF THE STUDY AND APPLICATION OF THE WORDS OF CHRIST! THE FOOLISH MAN BUILT HIS LIFE UPON THE FOUNDATION OF THE LIES AND PHILOSOPHIES OF THIS WORLD! THE WISE STOOD STRONG IN THE STORM, THE FOOLISH COLLAPSED! SO, WHICH ONE ARE YOU?

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

29.7.2017

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Today we will look at the 3rd possible scenario for the ‘forceful snatching away of the Church’. But first let us recap: Firstly we saw that it could be simply Christ’s desire to return for His “bride to be”, because the Father has said, “now is the day, now is the hour?” Then secondly, we saw that it could possibly be the start of world war 3 and as the missiles come down, the Church is immediately and forcefully snatched out of the maelstrom?

3. And so, thirdly the scenario could be one of a cosmic, seismic, meteorological or tidal catastrophe? This is not like some Hollywood blockbuster style fantasy like ‘the day after tomorrow, or 2012 or something similar! Look what Jesus said: Jesus answered, ‘you will continually hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end [of the age]. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs [of the intolerable anguish and the time of unprecedented trouble]. MT 24:6-8

There will be violent earthquakes, and in various places famines and [deadly and devastating] pestilences (plagues, epidemics); and there will be terrible sights and great signs from heaven. Luke 21:11

Now, this is just an overview, but Jesus and Paul made it crystal clear that terrible, awful, catastrophic and devastating times are ahead for the human race, and that things would not get better before His parousia [His return to the earth], but they would in fact get worse in intensity, magnitude and frequency just as the birth or labour pains of a woman. So what we have to ask ourselves is: “IS THIS HAPPENING NOW? IS THERE ANY EVIDENCE OF THESE OCCURENCES?”

There have been 100s of earthquakes in the last 7 months maybe even 1000s since the turn of the new year. Many of them in the ‘SIGNIFICANT” magnitude range. And the chances of ‘the BIG one’ happening are getting higher by the week. Hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding are on the increase. I saw something yesterday about 2 hurricanes clashing into each other! But do you think I can find it now?! However, just go onto you tube and check it all out, it’s crazy now! Don’t rely on your main media news channels for information! Most of the big ones are run by the Global Elite and One World Government proponents who will only feed you the information they want you to know for their evil purposes! There’s worldwide volcanic activity going on and especially in Yellowstone park. There are strange skies almost every day, strange seas and tides. Every day here in the UK we have strange fiery red sky mornings and evenings. Cloud formations I have never seen before in my life. Chemtrails galore, [yes many of them are chem and not con trails!] Even a child could tell the difference!

Check out the magnetosphere! There’s something going on there and we all know how vital that piece of divine engineering is to our protection from deadly cosmic particles! Imagine that falling into holes! People would be scorched and seared! [Oh, now where have I read that before?] Then the fourth [angel] emptied out his bowl upon the sun, and it was permitted to burn (scorch) humanity with [fierce, glowing] heat (fire). People were severely burned (scorched) by the fiery heat, and they reviled and blasphemed the name of God, Who has control of these plagues, and they did not repent of their sins [felt no regret, contrition, and compunction for their waywardness, refusing to amend their ways] to give Him glory. Revelation 16:8-9 [AMPC] Hmm, I don’t somehow think the partial preterists and Post Millennialist’s would like to meditate on that scripture, and definitely not the left wing Liberalists in the Church!

Also, check out the solar flare activity from the sun. It seems to be going crazy at the moment. Check out the possibility of large Electro Magnetic Pulse emissions [EMPs]! See what that could do to every electrical system on planet earth. And on the subject of SOL, what on earth has happened to it over the past few months? It’s becoming a white-hot, dazzling, glaring, intense ball of pulsing light and heat! It’s never looked that crazy before? Please, am I the only one seeing all this stuff? No, there are 1000s, but we’re generally accused of being Kooks or conspiracists! Hey Ho. Then there is the possibility of the Nibiru/Nemesis system being for real! What if it is? What are we, you, I doing to prepare for it? Could IT be the reason for the harpazo? Or any or all of the above? Look, I’m not scare mongering, if something’s coming on the horizon then prepare for it! If it comes to nothing, well you have stuff spare for the future, and even if we’re going to be raptured, we may still be affected by something coming this way before the rapture actually takes place! So prepare and have extra.

Go check this stuff out! What have you got to lose but a few hours of TV, face book or whatever time! Go study this stuff. If it’s pie in the sky that’ll just pass by, then fine, no one’s any the worse for wear. But, if it’s the real deal that they’re trying to conceal, then take these words of wise Solomon and apply them to yours and your family’s lives.

A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. Proverbs 22:3 I have chosen to be wise just in case!

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

28.7.2017

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I thought this was worth posting today. Some great teaching here from Bob Gass. Worth sitting down with a cuppa, chewing this stuff over then applying it to your life by prayer and action. I’ve highlighted words etc that I think are very significant!

‘I knew you…I sanctified you…I ordained you.’
Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV
God told Jeremiah, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew yousanctified you [set you apart]…I ordained you a prophet to the nations.’ Observe: 1) God knew you. The word knew means ‘to have intimate knowledge of’. When your delicate fingers were just a web, before your heartbeat registered on the monitor or the doctor could predict your gender, God knew all about you. ‘You…scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe’ (Psalm 139:16 TLB). God knew what you were born to be, and provided everything you’d need to fulfil your life’s purpose. 2) God sanctified you [set you apart]. He fixed it so you wouldn’t fit in, and designed you so you couldn’t rest any place He didn’t want you to be. He intended you to wander and feel lost until you found Him. That’s why you’re uncomfortable in certain places and around certain people. It doesn’t matter how hard you try, you won’t fit in because God has set you apart for Himself. 3) God ordained you. Men may ordain, but only God can foreordain. Stop worrying about who does or doesn’t recognize your gifts. John Mason says, ‘Each person has been custom-made by God the Creator. Each of us has a unique and personal call on our lives…to be our own selves and not copies of other people.’ God told Jeremiah, ‘Go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you’ (Jeremiah 1:7-8 NLT). So the word for you today is: you’ve been called by God.

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PRAYER: Heavenly Father God, this knowledge is astounding, that before I was knitted together in my mother’s womb, you knew me, chose me and divinely designed me to be the unique me that I am. WOW. All I ask is that you would help me to be me, help me to serve you, help me to be significant and help me to make a difference. Please. Amen.

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

26.7.2017

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2. The second reason the word harpazo or forcefully snatching away could possibly be used in rapturing the Church away  is because of a world war 3 scenario?! Now, this is one no one wants to think about so we bury our heads in the sand or work or whatever and hope it is for another generation! But according to scripture it is a distinct possibility that it could happen in our generation.

Jesus said: You will continually hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end [of the age]. Matthew 24:6. Now, wars and rumours of wars are nothing new; however, when you tie it in with the birth pangs signs of increase and intensity, then I believe we have a very good case for the possible world war 3 scenario! Just do the math and wake up and smell the coffee! Escalating trouble on the border of China and India in the Bhutan region. then there’s the ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan. Russia and China are now doing joint military manoeuvres and war games  in the Baltic sea region also, and these 2 big players are joining up with Iran, and we know what Iran’s ultimate agenda is? The elimination of Israel! Hmmmm! Then there’s the continuing unrest in Turkey, Syria, unrest on Israels northern border with Syria and its southern border with Gaza, not to mention the escalating tensions between the Palestinians and surrounding Muslim nations against Israel. Then there’s North and South Korea, North Korea’s sabre rattling against the USA, the ongoing tensions between Iran and the USA and the continuing unrest between Russia and its Baltic region neighbours! Need I go on?

The potential for world war 3 is staggering and only the sovereign hand of God is staying execution. The book of revelation speaks of the four horsemen of the apocalypse of which one [the red horse] is war! Whether the Red horse of war is pre trib or during the tribulation is open for debate and speculation and your end-times view point, however, it could potentially be the commencement of world war 3 that causes Christ to come for His Bride! It’s worth thinking about at least!

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

 

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Okay. So, just a reminder that the word used for the snatching away of the people of God, His true Church is rapture RAPIO [Latin] or HARPAZO [Greek].

  1. Jesus simply desires for us to return home to His Father’s house for the bridal house is ready  and so also is the banquet! Everything is ready and the bride needs to ready herself for her bridegroom as the wedding of the Lamb nears! This would explain harpazo as ‘the eagerly desiring to claim the object of ones love and affection for oneself and thus eagerly take it up and back to oneself!?’

    Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me. In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you. And when (if) I go and make ready a place for you, I will come back again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be alsoJohn 14:1-3 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) This is the eagerly desiring to return and claim the object of ones love! Below I have added the generally accepted view of the Jewish wedding protocols in Bible times Jewish culture.

    Although various sources describing the practice of Jewish marriage at the time of Christ differ in the details, there is general agreement concerning its major elements. Unlike Western marriage practices, the Jewish marriage has a greater degree of formalism involving numerous steps:

    Jewish marriage included a number of steps: first, betrothal (which involved the prospective groom’s traveling from his father’s house to the home of the prospective bride, paying the purchase price, and thus establishing the marriage covenant); second, the groom’s returning to his father’s house (which meant remaining separate from his bride for 12 months, during which time he prepared the living accommodations for his wife in his father’s house); third, the groom’s coming for his bride at a time not known exactly to her; fourth, his return with her to the groom’s father’s house to consummate the marriage and to celebrate the wedding feast for the next seven days (during which the bride remained closeted in her bridal chamber). 

    So, First, the father of the groom made the arrangements for the marriage and paid the bride price. The timing of the arrangement varied. Sometimes it occurred when both children were small, and at other times it was a year before the marriage itself. Often the bride and groom did not even meet until their wedding day. The second step, which occurred a year or more after the first step, was the fetching of the bride. The bridegroom would go to the home of the bride in order to bring her to his home. In connection with this step, two other things should be noted. First, it was the father of the groom who determined the timing. [THUS NO ONE KNOWS THE DAY OR THE HOUR, NOT EVEN THE SON (THE BRIDEGROOM!) ONLY THE FATHER KNOWS THE DAY AND HOUR WHEN EVERYTHING IS READY! Second, prior to the groom’s leaving to fetch the bride, HE must already have a place prepared for her as their abode. This was followed by the third step, the wedding ceremony, to which a few would be invited. Prior to the wedding ceremony, the bride underwent a ritual immersion for ritual cleansing. The fourth step, the marriage feast, would follow and could last for as many as seven days. Many more people would be invited to the feast than were to the marriage ceremony. In the Marriage of the Lamb all four of these steps of the Jewish wedding ceremony are evident.

The major steps of the Jewish wedding analogy are summarized below with related Scriptures:

Steps in a Jewish Wedding
Step Description Scriptures
Marriage Covenant The father pays for the bride and establishes the marriage covenant. Acts Acts 20:28; 1Cor. 1Cor. 6:19-201Cor. 11:25 Eph. Eph. 5:25-27
Bridal Chamber Prepared The son returns to his father’s house and prepares the bridal chamber. John John 6:62John 14:2; Acts Acts 1:9-11
Bride Fetched At a time determined by the father (Mtt. Mat. 24:36), the groom fetches the bride to bring her to his father’s house. “Although the bride was expecting her groom to come for her, she did not know the time of his coming. As a result, the groom’s arrival was preceded by a shout, which forewarned the bride to be prepared for his coming.”3 John John 14:3; 1Th. 1Th. 4:13-18
Bride Cleansed The bride undergoes ritual cleansing prior to the wedding ceremony. 1Cor. 1Cor. 3:12-15; Rev. Rev. 19:7-8+
Wedding Ceremony The private wedding ceremony. Rev. Rev. 19:7+
Consummation In the privacy of the bridal chamber the bride and groom consummate the marriage. Rev. Rev. 19:7+
Marriage Feast The celebratory marriage feast to which many are invited. Mtt. Mat. 22:1-14Mat. 25:1-13; Luke Luke 12:36

At the time of our writing, the first step in the wedding has already taken place. The marriage covenant was established at the First Coming of Christ. Whenever a person places their faith in Jesus Christ, they enter into this covenant (the New Covenant) and become part of His bride [Church or Body!] Since the ascension of Jesus following His resurrection, He has been at His Father’s house preparing the bridal chamber:

Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions (μοναι [monai] , (dwelling places); if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (John John 14:1-3)

More of this next time.

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

18:7:18

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Okay, so I want to continue to delve deeper into the word HARPAZO! What does it really mean and why did the apostle Paul choose this word or better still, why did Holy Spirit inspire him to use it? So, just a reminder that the word used for the snatching away of the people of God, His true Church is rapture RAPIO [Latin] or HARPAZO [Greek].

Harpazo [the original use in Greek] means to literally snatch away forcefully. So I asked the question: ‘why would our loving and gentle God have to snatch us away in a forceful manner from this earth?’

I immediately Got this picture of a father and his small child walking up the high street which was obviously to me an ‘all through traffic’ road! As the pair walked along, a massive juggernaut came into view and at the same time the little child spotted a toy shop! The child moved to the kerbside as the juggernaut came closer. The father saw the juggernaut and at the same time saw his child getting ready to cross the road and he knew the child would be hit by the truck, so he reaches out, grabs the child by his collar and “Forcefully” snatches him away from the danger of death and destruction! It is to snatch away or out of the way or out of harms way! It is also to eagerly claim for oneself an object of love, desire or something you care about. What does that tell you? [Sellah], go ponder that!

And so, I thought and thought till my thinker was sore, what on earth could happen to cause Christ to return in the air and snatch us forcefully away to be with Him for evermore? [A bit of the Grinch rhyme there!] And I came up with 3 major things! You may come up with more?

  1. Jesus simply desires for us to return home to His Father’s house for the bridal house is ready  and so also is the banquet! Everything is ready and the bride needs to ready herself for her bridegroom as the wedding of the Lamb nears! This would explain harpazo as ‘the eagerly desiring to claim the object of ones love and affection for oneself and thus eagerly take it up and back to oneself!?’
  2. The rider on the red horse has ridden out and world war 3 commences! This would obviously include nuclear warheads going up and fired upon all the nations of the world! As the warheads are about to hit, would not Jesus come to rescue us “snatch us up and out” away from the maelstrom? I think so!
  3. There are massive cosmological, meteorological and seismological events on the horizon that are about to impact our solar system and planet! These will initially decimate possibly 1/3rd of the earth, its resources and population for starters. As these systems are about to clash into one tumultuous event, ‘zap’ we’re snatched up and away from it or taken out of it just as Noah was and lot was!

So, I’ll look more deeply into these 3 possible case scenarios over the next week. Be blessed and be at peace.

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

16.7.2017

HARPAZO

 

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Okay, so I want to delve deeper into the word HARPAZO! What does it really mean and why did the apostle Paul choose this word or better still, why did Holy Spirit inspire him to use it? Again, some will jump on the fact that the word ‘rapture’ is incorrect! However, in the Latin as in the Greek, it means the same thing RAPIO [Latin] or HARPAZO [Greek]. I’ll post on that another time, but if you want to, go check it out yourself!

  • to seize, carry off by force
  • to seize on, claim for one’s self eagerly
  • to snatch out or away forcefully

Harpazo (har-pad’-zo) is the Greek word which the New Testament translators have rendered as “caught up”“I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knows;) such a one was caught up [Greek, harpazo] to the Third Heaven” (2Corinthians 12:2). “Rapture” is taken from an obsolete French word, which means “abduction” or “to carry off”. Though Greek scholars may refrain from using “rapture” to translate “harpazo”, it is not a wresting of Scripture for the honest Christian to see the connection between the two.

Regarding the term rapture and its use in theology the following should answer your questions. It is taken from Ryrie’s Basic Theology.

Our modern understanding of rapture appears to have little or no connection with the eschatological event. However, the word is properly used of that event. Rapture is a state or experience of being carried away. The English word comes from a Latin word, rapio, which means to seize or snatch in relation to an ecstasy of spirit or the actual removal from one place to another. In other words, it means to be carried away in spirit or in body. The Rapture of the church means the carrying away of the church from earth to heaven.

The Greek word ‘harpazo’ from which this term “rapture” is derived, appears in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, translated “caught up.” The Latin translation of this verse used the word rapturo. The Greek word it translates is harpazo, which means to snatch or take away. Elsewhere it is used to describe how the Spirit caught up Philip near Gaza and brought him to Caesarea (Acts 8:39) and to describe Paul’s experience of being caught up into the third heaven (2 Cor. 12:2-4). Thus there can be no doubt that the word is used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 to indicate the actual removal of people from earth to heaven.

Now, I want to leave you with a thought that I’ll pick up on next time!

WHAT “ON EARTH” HAPPENS TO CAUSE GOD TO HAVE TO FORCEFULLY SNATCH US [His true Church] UP AND OFF THE EARTH? I’ll be looking at one or two possible case scenarios on that one.

 

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