HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

12.7.17

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The  Greek word ‘HARPAZO’ is very interesting and controversial. It is defined as rapture in the Latin script and once you start using that word, well,  some people [Christians] get a little upset, especially if you say I’m a pretrib rapturist! Did I say I was a pretrib rapturist? Sorry, I mean I’m a pretrib HAPAZO-IST!

WHAT IS HARPAZO? The above image spells it out as it is! I often picture a little child who has wondered onto a highway or train line and a great juggernaut or locomotive is coming towards the child and you have to violently snatch the child out of the way!

Now we know that God is a loving God, so He would have to have a very good reason for snatching/seizing or carrying off by force the object of His love, His Church/body of called out ones/Ecclesia. [but more of that next time!]

Now I really like the above image, however; whoever did it, didn’t quite get it right as the word used in Revelation 4:1 is not HARPAZO, but ANABAINO, which has a similar meaning but it doesn’t imply the snatching up! Nevertheless it does imply a taking up into heaven! So here are the English from Greek meanings of anabaino, and I’ll leave it with yourselves to draw your own conclusions and interpretations:

ARISE, ASCEND, CLIMB UP, COME, ENTER, GO, RISE, SPRING.

However, very interestingly [and very rarely touched upon] until very recently is the fact that the word HARPAZO is used in Revelation 12:5 in relation to the Great Sign in heaven. The child is SNATCHED UP [harpazo]. Even more interesting is the view of many that this Great Sign will appear in our skies on September 23rd 2017!  [FIG 1] GO FISH!!

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

11.7.2017

BEHOLD HE COMES.

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2 Events! It is clear to me from scripture that there are 2 separate returns of Christ! In the air and to the earth.

IN THE AIR: For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons, with the shout of an archangel, and with the blast of the trumpet of God. And those who have departed this life in Christ will rise first. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Vs 17 AMPLIFIED Then we, the living ones who remain [on the earth], shall simultaneously be caught up along with [the resurrected dead] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so always (through the eternity of the eternities) we shall be with the Lord!  

The Bible describes how Jesus will come again to receive believers into heaven and this called the [harpazo] rapture. Verse 14 of this passage says, “even those asleep in Christ will Jesus take to heaven.” So verse 16 says, the dead in Christ shall rise first into heaven. Verse 17 says, “Those alive and who remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet Jesus in the air and so to be ever with the Lord. So the rapture instantly transforms us in  a moment in the twinkling of an eye [1 Corinthians 15:51, 52]. And we ascend to heaven just as Christ did!

TO THE EARTH: 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 also. John 14:2-3

And when He had said this, even as they were looking [at Him], He was caught up, and a cloud received and carried Him away out of their sight. And while they were gazing intently into heaven as He went, behold, two men [dressed] in white robes suddenly stood beside them, Who said, Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing into heaven? This same Jesus, Who was caught away and lifted up from among you into heaven, will return in [just] the same way in which you saw Him go into heaven. Acts 1:9-11

On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. Zechariah 14:4

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So I believe Christ will return at the Second Coming 7 years after Rapture and we will return with Him in our glorified bodies.  Zechariah 14:5 says, “the Lord my God shall come and all the angels with Him.”Revelation 19:11-21 describes the Lord’s return in detail saying, “the heavenly army will follow Christ verse 14. So the tribulation period ends when Jesus Returns on earth with His armies of heaven at the Second Coming and He will be Victorious in the battle of Armageddon. Jesus and the armies of heaven made up of angels and the saints dressed in white linen symbolize holiness, will fight against the antiChrist, a deceptive evil figure in the Bible who appears on the Earth before Jesus returns. So antiChrist will be influenced by satan and his fallen angels. Christ will destroy them at His appearing and thus Jesus, His saints and the holy angels will emerge victorious from the battle. That is a very compressed look at this subject.

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

9.7.2017

THE GREAT ESCAPE:

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I have already alluded to the deliverance of God’s people from His wrath to come because Jesus already bore God’s wrath for us and therefore being as the tribulation period is the dispensation of God’s wrath upon the Godless world at that time and it is the time for Jacob’s trouble, we therefore must be removed out-of-the-way of the coming onslaught! So let’s look at the scripture proofs and some thoughts on this. 

For God’s [holy] wrath and indignation are revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who in their wickedness repress and hinder the truth and make it inoperative. Romans 1:18

Let no one delude and deceive you with empty excuses and groundless arguments [for these sins], for through these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of rebellion and disobedience. Ephesians 5:6

Therefore, since we are now justified (acquitted, made righteous, and brought into right relationship with God) by Christ’s blood, how much more [certain is it that] we shall be saved by Him from the indignation and wrath of God. Romans 5:9

And [how you] look forward to and await the coming of His Son from heaven, Whom He raised from the dead—Jesus, Who personally rescues and delivers us out of and from the wrath [bringing punishment] which is coming [upon the impenitent] and draws us to Himself  investing us with all the privileges and rewards of the new life in Christ, the Messiah].      1 Thessalonians 1:10

For God has not appointed us to [incur His] wrath [He did not select us to condemn us], but [that we might] obtain [His] salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) 1 Thessalonians 1:10

Also, let us remember that Noah and his family escaped the wrath to come [Gen 7:13-17]. So too did Lot and some of his family. [Gen 19:16-22] and finally, my thought is that because we’re called Ambassadors of Christ [We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.] [2 Corinthians 5:20] As ambassadors, when the King of Kings comes to deal with the Godless nations, the first thing the King does is remove His Ambassadors from their Embassy on that foreign soil! [DO THE MATH!]!

ARE YOU RAPTURE READY???

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

7.7.17

SOUND THE ALARM

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Okay, so I am going to round off the teaching on the rapture with a few thoughts for the next few posts!

THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL: The preaching of the gospel:  And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race]. [Mark 16:15] But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.” [Acts 1:8] The New Testament is very clear in its doctrine as to who preaches the Good News after Jesus has ascended and who empowers them to do it. It is the Church from the day of Pentecost! So, look at these 3 verses then:  And I will grant the power of prophecy to My two witnesses for 1,260 (42 months; three and one-half years), dressed in sackcloth. [Rev 11:3]

The Jewishness of this chapter, and especially the ministry of these two witnesses, must be seen within the larger context of God’s promises to restore Israel. In an important parallel passage, the apostle Paul anguishes over Israel’s need of the gospel: 

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. . . . How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? . . . For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob.” (Rom. 10&11) These two witnesses are among the “beautiful feet” which preach the gospel of peace to Israel. Their ministry involves the entire earth, but takes place in Jerusalem and has all the markings of  Old covenant Jewish prophets.

“Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel” (Rev 7:4), nothing in the passage leads to interpreting the 144,000 as anything but a literal number of Jews—12,000 taken from every tribe of the “sons of Israel.” The New Testament offers no clear cut text replacing Israel here with the church This passage is extremely JEWISH in context!. These Jews are “sealed,” which means they have the special protection of God from all of the divine judgments and from the Antichrist to perform their mission during the tribulation period (see Rev 6:17), in which people will wonder who can stand from the wrath to come). The tribulation period is a future seven-year period of time in which God will enact divine judgment against those who reject Him and will complete His plan of salvation for the nation of Israel. All of this is according to God’s revelation to the prophet Daniel (Dan 9:24-27). The 144,000 Jews are a sort of “first fruits” (Rev 14:4) of a redeemed Israel which has been previously prophesied (Zecheriah 12:10; Rom 11:15-27), and their mission seems to be to evangelize the post-rapture world and proclaim the gospel during the tribulation period. As a result of their ministry, millions—“a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language” (Rev 7:9)—will come to faith in Christ.

And I saw another angel flying through the sky, carrying the eternal Good News to proclaim to the people who belong to this world–to every nation, tribe, language, and people. [Rev 14:6] My point is this: If the gospel is to be preached by the Church only, then why are 2 Jewish prophets, 144000 sealed Jews and even an angel preaching the gospel? Surely IF the Church goes through the Tribulation period, it will still be the Church’s ministry to preach the Good News!?  Here we see 2 Jewish prophets preaching the gospel! 144000 Jews preaching the Gospel! And God Himself, so earnest for people to receive His Christ/Messiah that He even sends an angel to preach the gospel before the reapers arrive so He can get more saved!

No, for me, at least I believe what we see here is the fulfillment of Romans 10/11! The True Olive branch [the Jews] who were cut off from the True Olive Tree [Messiah] when they [the Jews] cut off their Messiah at the Cross and were replaced by [the Gentile Church]; they are now grafted back into the True Olive tree because the time of the Gentile Church is over, and they [the Ecclesia] have been removed through the harpazo to heaven so that Israel can pay back the 7 years they owe God when they go through the Tribulation period [the time of Jacob’s trouble] and a large number of them receive their Messiah and preach to all the earth during that 7 year period.

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

5.7.17

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THE MISSING ECCLESIA:

As I have previously stated and wish to emphasize here, after revelation 3 closes with Jesus left outside the Church, suddenly the Church IS NO MORE! The people who receive Christ during the tribulation are not [I believe] the Church, [Ecclesia, called out ones]! They are tribulation believers who receive Christ during the tribulation period, or at least that is my take on it! From chapters 4-22 the word Ecclesia [Church] of Christ Jesus is no more. The only time we see it is in Chapter 22:16 I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” Which is referring to the chapter 1 timeline when John was still on Patmos! This is not future! But notice very very carefully the very next phrase of this awesome book: The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. It doesn’t say the Spirit and the Church say come! Why? Because at this future point that the Church is the bride!

THE REMOVED RESTRAINER: Paul does not specifically identify what or who the restraining force is. Many scholars have speculated as to the identity of the restrainer, naming the restraining force as 1) the human governments; 2) gospel preaching; 3) the providence of God; 4) the Jewish state; 5) the church; 6) the Holy Spirit; and 7) Michael the archangel. I believe the restrainer is none other than the Holy Spirit, or the Holy Spirit working through the New Testament church which is salt and light. Salt restrains corruption [decay] and light restrains or pushes back darkness,

Supporting the idea that the Holy Spirit within the church is the restrainer is the fact that the restrainer is referenced both as a thing (neuter gender, verse 6) and as a person (masculine gender, verse 7). Also, the power delaying Satan’s master plan to unveil his false messiah must be of God. It makes much more sense to say that the Holy Spirit is curbing the devil through the Church than a political entity or even an angel. The Holy Spirit of God is the only Person with sufficient (supernatural) power to do this restraining.

Of course, the Spirit works through believers to accomplish this. The church, indwelt by the Spirit of God, has always been part of what holds society back from the swelling tide of lawless living through our praise, preaching, worship, warfare, intercession and witness in the world. At some point, Paul says, the Spirit will “step aside” from His restraining work, allowing sin to have dominion over mankind. 2 Thess 2:7 can be literally rendered, “The secret of lawlessness is already working, only it cannot be revealed until he who now withholds disappears from the midst.” I believe this “disappearing from the midst” will happen at the time the Church leaves the earth at the harpazo/rapture. The Holy Spirit will still be present in the earth, of course, [people get saved during the tribulation period!] But He will be taken out of the way in the sense that His unique sin-restraining ministry—through God’s people—will be removed [see Genesis 6:3] Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive and remain with man forever, because he is indeed flesh [sinful, corrupt—given over to sensual appetites].

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2 Thessalonians 2 is clear that the removal of the restrainer’s influence precedes the revealing of the Antichrist. Given free rein during the tribulation, the lawless one will “use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders” to deceive the people of the earth (verses 9–10). After the Antichrist’s time is up, the Lord Jesus will return and overthrow the man of sin by “the breath of his mouth and destroy [him] by the splendor of his coming” (verse 8). Evil is restrained right now; however, once the Church age ends, the hindrance to evil will be removed, and the rebellion will seem to be winning; however, the ultimate doom of evil is sure!

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

4.7.2017

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Ok, so I am going to begin look at all the reasons I believe in the rapture and especially a pretribulation rapture.

  1. As previously taught, Paul and the Church of Thessalonica and indeed all the Churches that were planted before the book of Revelation was written, all of them had an imminent expectation that Christ would return in their day and deliver them from the persecutions and troubles that were brewing up and which they probably saw as tribulations and trials [mainly through the teachings of Paul] on His missionary journey’s. [However, we must remember that at this point John’s teaching on the tribulation period had not been developed!] All they knew was that there would be days of tribulation ahead that Jesus and Paul had taught about! The teaching about “The Great Tribulation” had not been revealed in its fullness! There were intimations in the writings of the Prophets especially in the books of Isaiah and Daniel and what jesus taught of corse in His Olivet discourse. So the point is as expressed before, the imminent pretribulation rapture teaching is not a new idea developed especially by John Nelson Darby in 1830!
  2. Even though the word HAPAZO [a forceful snatching away] isn’t in Revelation 4:1 I strongly believe the implication that John represents the raptured Church being taken up into heaven after the Church age ends is seen here! WHY? Simply because Jesus introduced the Church doctrine whilst He was the on earth! He revealed to His Apostles that something different was about to be conceived! A group of called out ones, a new elect people of God, a different branch on the olive tree which would be His body on earth whilst He the head returned to the Father! This Ecclesia was conceived on the day of Pentecost, and grew exponentially. Paul developed the present and future doctrine of the Church, Jesus the glorified King spoke through John [a present and future message] to and through these Churches and now, suddenly in chapter 4 onwards it’s gone! Disappeared FOREVER never to be seen [in that form again!] Why is the word Ecclesia not seen in Revelation 4 and 5? I believe it is because the Church has been received unto Christ and the Church has now been transformed metamorphosed, or been born again into His bride to be! Then from Chapter 6-19 the Church [Ecclesia] is not seen! WHY? Because the True Church is not on earth during the tribulation period of Jacob’s trouble. And the Church is not seen in Chapter 20 because she has returned as His Queen to rule and reign with Him on earth during the Millennial Kingdom period. And the Church is not seen in chapter 21-22 because she’s entered into eternity with Him to dwell in the New Jerusalem in the New heaven’s and New earth.
  3. The incomplete body/Bride: So, if we [the True Church] remain on the earth during the tribulation period to bring about a wonderful world for Christ to return to as some teach, then what is Christ, the Lamb of God going to be wed to in heaven? If we are the BODY of Christ which we are according to Paul [1 Corinthians 12:12-31] and the Bride of Christ:
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    The first person to picture Christ as a groom was John the Baptist (John 3:29). As the forerunner of Christ, John knew that he must decrease while Jesus must increase. In his understanding, Christ is a groom and His bride is the messianic community. As the groom’s friend, John rejoiced to attend the heavenly wedding feast where Jesus and His bride are united. Every marriage should be cause for celebration, but the marriage between Christ and His church is something for the entire universe to celebrate for all eternity.

    The apostle Paul also used the metaphor of the church as Christ’s bride. In Ephesians 5:22-33, Paul compared the relationship between Christ and the church to that of a husband and wife. In this most perfect of relationships, Jesus Christ is the “head of the church,” while the church submits humbly to Him. He loves the church and sacrifices His own life for her (25). He sanctifies and cleanses the church through His Word (26). Jesus Christ presents her to Himself “in splendor,” unmarred by any imperfection (27).1

     

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    Then the bride in heaven  will be incomplete! Some body parts will be missing because according to some,they are on earth going through the great tribulation. Now I know we can’t be exact in the chronology of Revelation 6-19, however, if some of the Church are on earth during the tribulation and Christ returns with His Queen at the parousia, then she is still incomplete! It makes no logical or theological sense, therefore to have the Church [ecclesia] in the tribulation period!

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

3.7.2017

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This is not the first time God has rescued His people from floods of trouble and tribulation! God did it in the days of Noah! The Lord God commanded Noah to build a BIG boat because there was a BIG storm on the horizon and God wanted to make a BIG rescue mission, ‘for everyone!!’ Yes, there was indeed room for everyone, but only 8 folk entered the Ark. Actually, the ark wasn’t a boat or ship, it was basically a big long oblong box, designed to float and not sail. It went where God pre-planned it to go. Noah wasn’t in control of the Ark or it’s destination, God was! There is much teaching on the Ark of Noah and it focuses on the usual stuff, you all know it. However, very few focus on “THE DOOR!” There was only one way into the Ark [God’s means of salvation] and there was only one way of escape from the storm to come, through “THE DOOR!” It was a choice! God never said the Ark was only for Noah and his family! In fact only Noah was counted as righteous, so it wasn’t based on these 8 folk’s righteousness, it was based on God’s mercy and their acts of faith in His means of salvation!

There is another door of salvation! A way of escape from the wrath of God to come! Listen: After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a [war] trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” [Revelation 4:1] After John’s messages to the 7 Churches and possible 7 Church ages or stages in history was finished, suddenly the scene changes from earth to heaven. Thirteen times the word Ecclesia appears in chapters 1-3 now, suddenly the word has disappeared from chapter 4 onwards, and the True Church of Jesus Christ has disappeared! The word Ecclesia is seen no more and neither is the True Church of God seen in and through the tribulation period. So, what has happened? The Church is now in heaven [and in the chronology of Revelation] She is being prepared as the Bride ready for the wedding of the Lamb of God!

  1. The true Church, the Ecclesia are those who have believed on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and received Him into their hearts and lives and have become the children of God through divine right and are now the legally adopted children of Father God! They have acknowledged that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and that only through Him do we have access to the Father. This is confirmed in John 10:9 Jesus said ‘I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture’.
  2. All who received Christ whether they have fallen asleep or are alive at the time will be caught up to heaven at the harpazo and enter through the door into the presence of Christ eternally. The storm about to hit is the tribulation period of God’s great wrath and the only way out of it is IN CHRIST, the TRUE ARK OF GOD! GOD’S MEANS OF RESCUE!
  3. Notice, though the Ark of Noah was on the ocean flood, it was nevertheless caught up off the earth [terra firma] and was suspended [caught up] in the air on the waters above the troubles, trials and tribulations! This was a picture of the rapture! The Ark was lifted, NO SNATCHED OUT very swiftly as the storm hit. Then God closed the door and sealed everyone and everything in the rescue ship! LISTEN. “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut”. [Matthew 25:10]

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PRAYER: Heavenly Father God, I thank you that your mercy is greater than your judgement. The earth was extremely wicked in the days of Noah, they are also in this present dark and wicked generation. And yet you still extend your hand of mercy. Nevertheless, as I read in the Noah account and the account in the parable of the 10 virgins, I see a parallel today. The DOOR is still open! Jesus you said just in the previous verse ‘behold, I stand at the door [of the church] and continually knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him (restore him), and he with Me. Rev 3:20. That was the open door on earth to every believer [and to a degree those yet to believe] and your MERCY is still available, but one day THE DOOR WILL BE SHUT! My prayer is heavenly Father that many will enter in through Christ the DOOR and enter in through the DOOR OF HEAVEN and be saved before it is shut. Amen

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