• The Rapture of the Church, The Tribulation

    Posted on September 16th, 2012

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    The Pre-Wrath Rapture

    The Pre-Wrath Rapture

    One of the discussions of greatest frequency regarding Bible Prophecy, is that of “When will the Rapture of the Church occur”. Will it be before the 7 year Tribulation Period, in the middle of this time of wrath, or at the end just prior to Jesus physical return to the earth?

    Let me say at the onset of this post that the doctrine of the Rapture of the Church, I consider that it is one of the most important foundational doctrines in the Bible. It is important in understanding correctly, the Grace of God, and His lack of will to punish with His wrath, His people along with the rest of the world.

    Jesus death on the Cross not only accomplished salvation for all those who believe it, but also a removal of ALL future wrath from God. Make no mistake, the last three and one half years of the seven year tribulation period will be a total and complete outpouring of the Wrath of God upon the world in a way that this earth has not, not ever shall again ecperience. Jesus wrote that this wrath will be so severe that “If those days were not shortened (to three and one half years) No one would survive.

    As we examine the text of the Old Testament, we will not find a single instance where the Lord ever poured out His wrath when His people were present.

    Beginning with the Flood of Noah, the Lord removed the Gentile Enoch, who had been walking in fellowship with God for 300 years, just prior to the wrath of the great flood. Enoch as a Gentile, being a picture of the Gentile Bride of Jesus, that we believe will be removed from the earth before He begins the time of His wrath during the Great Tribulation.

  • 1 Trillion Euro Bailout for Europe, Signs of Antichrist

    1 Trillion Euro Bailout for Europe, Signs of Antichrist

    The recently announced bailout of Spain and several other european countries who are in a desperate financial crisis, is the next step up the ladder to the introduction of the coming antichrist.

    According to the old testament prophecies regarding the coming of the world leader who will emerge during a global financial crisis, that introduction may be just around the corner. This world leader will be seen as a “savior” of the financial catastrophe that the leading countries in Europe have gotten themselves into. He will come at first with a peace plan for Israel and the Arab nations. On the wings of peace, he will exalt himself to the position of God and command the world to worship him. He will be a great military leader who is able to unite the armies of the world together, to fight a combined effort during the “Battle of Armageddon”. This battle will take place north of Jerusalem in the Valley of Megiddo, where many other great battles of history have taken place.

  • The Signs of Jesus Return

    The Signs of Jesus Return

    The purpose of Bible prophecy is so that we might know that the Bible is not just another book penned by men, but a supernatural document with it’s source from outside time and space. The Bible is unique in that it makes predictions of the future with such detail and precision, that the slightest error would make any one of those prophecies unreliable. In over 2,500 Biblical prophecies, every single minute detail has been completed with precision and accuracy. The odds of any book being able to predict over 2,5o0 events in advance with 100 percent accuracy, is beyond the possibility of chance. The certainty of the fulfillment of these events already predicted and already fulfilled, gives confidence to the remaining 1,000 prophetic predictions that are yet to be fulfilled. If the Bible has been perfectly accurate so far, it is certain that the events spoken of describing the last days before Jesus returns, most certainly will also be fulfilled accurately. The following is a short list of some of those prophetic events already fulfilled, to be fulfilled and in the process of being fulfilled.

    This article and the importance of the details of this article, are the reason that I started Bible Prophecy Update. So that you might realize that the Lord of the Universe has a plan that He has been unfolding for thousands of years, and that plan includes His desire to make Himself known to you. As you read, study and become familiar with the events of Bible prophecy, you will realize that the Lord is who He claims to be. That there is a God who is above all creation and who loves every human being equally and with great fervor. When we failed to be what He had created us to be and the defect of sin spread to all human kind, He took it upon Himself to become one of us, and give His life in exchange for all of ours. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ on a Roman cross 2,000 years ago, paid the price all of us owed for our own individual and collective sins, forever. If you will place your complete trust in what Jesus has done for you at the Cross, and accept Jesus as your own Savior, you will be cleansed of your total sin and obtain eternal life.

    When Jesus returns next, it will not be physically to the earth, but to the atmosphere above earth, from where He will call out of the earth all those who have already come into a personal relationship with Him and have accepted His sacrifice for their sins. (1 Thessalonians 4:17)

  • The Rapture of the Church and 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2

    The Rapture of the Church and 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2

    From the moment that I first learned the doctrine of the Rapture of the Church in 1975, there has been a deep controversy by those who claim that the Rapture will not occur until after the Tribulation has concluded.

    One of the verses of Scripture that is used to prove this position is 2 Thessalonians chapter 2.

    2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 “Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed…”

    It should be clear from the context of 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 that Paul is addressing a concern that the Thessalonian church had regarding the coming of Jesus for the second time. There were some in this small church that felt that perhaps the Rapture had already taken place. This being the case, they questioned what had happened to their departed loved ones. Where were they and when would they be resurrected?

  • World Financial Markets in Collapse, Preparations for the Antichrist

    World Financial Markets in Collapse, Preparations for the Antichrist

    On Wednesday, the United States stock market plummeted 389 point, or a 3.2% drop in value, after recent news of Europe’s financial crisis was announced. Italy, one of the largest economies in Europe, is also experiencing major debt problems, adding to the list of other European nations in major financial difficulties.

    According to experts, Italy has a public debt of over 2.5 Trillion, or 120 percent of their Gross Domestic Product. There is wide spread fear that Italy will also not be able to meet their financial commitments. Greece, Ireland and Portugal have already experienced similar financial problems, thought their economies are much smaller.

    Italy is a major player in the European economy because so many different banks hold’s their debt, and because their debt level is so high. All of the combined abilities of banks in Europe, do not have the capacity to bail out Italy from her debt pinnacle , making for a frightening scenario in the future.

  • Rob Robinson, The Book of Revelation

    Posted on May 28th, 2011

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    “The Revealing of Jesus”

    “The Revealing of Jesus”

    The Book of Revelation Chapter 1, Part 1

    We live in exciting days!

    The period of time that the Bible describes more than any other period in all human history, are the days that you an I live in. All of the Bible is about just one subject: Jesus. Who He is, Why He exists, What He Created, How His creation fell, How in His love He redeemed it, and How He will come again to remove those who love Him from the earth and then judge the world for it’s rebellion of Him.

  • Rob Robinson, The Rapture of the Church, The Tribulation

    Posted on May 27th, 2011

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    The Pre-Wrath Rapture

    The Pre-Wrath Rapture

    One of the discussions of greatest frequency regarding Bible Prophecy, is that of “When will the Rapture of the Church occur”. Will it be before the 7 year Tribulation Period, in the middle of this time of wrath, or at the end just prior to Jesus’ physical return to the earth?

    Let me say at the onset of this post that the doctrine of the Rapture of the Church, I consider that it is one of the most important foundational doctrines in the Bible. It is important in understanding correctly, the Grace of God, and His lack of will to punish with His wrath, His people along with the rest of the world.

  • A Chronological List of Events For the Last Days

    A Chronological List of Events For the Last Days

    This is the second in a four-part series on the Last Days. In this study we will look at a Chronology of the events from the present time in history, up to the end of time here on the earth, as described in the Bible

    Two of the most asked questions from those who are interested in Bible Prophecy, are

    “What is going to happen next in the world?”

    “What does the Bible have to say about the events of the Last Days?”

    Jesus said that the entire scope of all Prophecy in the last days, is centered around the nation of Israel. For almost 2,000 years the Jews were scattered all over the face of the earth. Being without a land of their own, they had lost their national identity and their homeland.

    While Israel was without their own country, the Prophet Ezekiel wrote of a time in the last days when God would draw the Jews from all over the face of the earth, and place them back to their own land again.

    Ezekiel 37:21-22 “Then say to them, “Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land…

    The promise of restoration by the Lord, is that once the Jews are back in their own land again, they will be protected by the Lord and dwell there permanently. Once they are in their land, in the last days, the Lord will allow Israel to rebuilt their Temple again and re-institute the temple sacrifice.

    Ezekiel 37:26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore.

    Israel is often referred to as being like a “fig tree” in the old testament:

    Hosea 9:10 “I found Israel Like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers As the firstfruits on the fig tree in its first season.

    Jesus said that when we see the fig tree once again blossom and put forth leaves, that we know that summer is near. This is a poetic play on words that was understood by the Jews to mean that when Israel became a nation again,back in their own land, that the Lord’s return was near.

  • Waiting For the Tribulation to Accept Jesus

    Waiting For the Tribulation to Accept Jesus

    Many times over the course of the past 35 years, I have heard comments from some that have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that they would wait to accept Jesus until they saw the beginning of the Tribulation Period.

    If the Rapture is true, and if Jesus is Lord and Savor, their thought is that when the antichrist appears on the scene at the beginning of the seven year Tribulation, then they will be ready to bow their heart to Jesus.

    What always struck me a strange was the fact that the very reason for accepting Jesus now was due to the fact that He is so wonderful. Why would anyone put off something that would bring them such amazing Joy? For me, knowing and loving Jesus has been the best part of the entirety of my life. I could not imagine living the past four decades without having Jesus as the center of my life.

    What is missing in the thought patterns of many people who take this view, is the idea that “if I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior then I will be missing out on the most fun that life has to offer”. I have to laugh when I hear comments like these because in actuality, the most fun that a person can have in this short life is when they are in a vital and living relationship with Jesus. There is nothing in the world that is more satisfying than looking back on nearly 40 years and remembering how many times the Lord has blessed your life.

    In every critical and live changing moment of my life, when I needed help, provision, love or direction, Jesus has never failed to do for me what I could not do for myself. The abiding joy and deep serenity that I have experienced as a result of knowing Jesus personally, is the most valuable part of my entire life.

    These things being true, I cannot imagine why anyone would want to wait to see if the antichrist really does appear at the beginning of the Tribulation Period, before they would surrender their life to Jesus Christ.

  • A Time When Men Cannot Die

    A Time When Men Cannot Die

    The Book of Revelation speaks of a time during the Great Tribulation in which men will be tormented by demon locusts with a sting in their tails like a scorpion. Though the pain and suffering will be intense and severe enough that men will cry out for death to be relieved of the terrible suffering, they will not be able to did.

    For five months, no matter how terrible of brutal the death of a person might be, they will not have the capacity to die and be set free from their suffering.

    Revelation 9:5-6 “And they (Demon Locusts) were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. And their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.”

    This is very interesting: The fact that a person cannot die. In fact the human body is so fragile, it takes very little at all to end someone’s life. When I took Black Belt Class in the martial arts studio where I practiced years ago, they taught us over 100 ways that a man could die from a very simple blow to his body. During this time of Great Tribulation, nothing will take a man’s spirit from his body. The Lord will not permit it to depart. Today scientists are still baffled by the fact that they do not really know when the time of death occurs. When does a person really die? From the Bible’s perspective, it is when our spirit leaves our body.

    The doctors watch the electrocardiogram machine and monitor the brain waves of a dying person until the signal that comes from the brain stops. When the green line on the monitor goes flat, the doctor pronounces that the person has died. It is at this point that all life support is stopped and the person’s body will take a few last labored breaths, then hold the last one. The Heart stops, all the organs cease to function, the person is dead.

    Technically, if the spirit of the person has not departed their body, they have not died. Though all signs of life are gone, the spirit may stay in the body for hours, even days as it has been recorded. Certain individuals have been pronounced dead. The life support machines are turned off, the person is placed on a gurney and brought to the morgue. Then suddenly, the color comes back into the body, the person begins to move, sit up or to speak. The person who looked dead has come back to life, how?

  • The Great Tribulation and Limited Time

    The Great Tribulation and Limited Time

    If a person hears about the need to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior before the seven year Tribulation begins and yet rejects Him, it appears that this person will not find it possible to receive the Lord when the antichrist arrives.

    The arrival of the antichrist will be with great power and amazing supernatural wonders that will deceive most people on the earth. 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 describes the fact that “Because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved”, these who have rejected Jesus, will have no desire to turn to Jesus during the reign of the antichrist.

    It is the gentle convincing work of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life, as He witnesses to our spirit of our need for Jesus, that compels a person to repent and turn to Jesus.

    It appears that during the seven years of the Tribulation, those who rejected Jesus before the Tribulation begins will not have the benefit of the Holy Spirit speaking to their hearts, as 2 Thessalonians declares:

    “Because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

  • Is the Doctrine of the Rapture Taught in the Bible?

    Is the Doctrine of the Rapture Taught in the Bible?

    Many years ago while teaching a home bible study, one of those who attended handed me a book that promised to dispel the whole doctrine of the Rapture. One of the major claims that the book made was that the doctrine of the Rapture was not being taught to the early Christian church. The claim of this book was that since the early church was not teaching the doctrine of the Rapture, it must not be true.

    As the years have passed, through the scholarly work of several men of God, we know today that the Rapture and the Tribulation were being taught in the early church as far back as the first century.

    A recent translation of the writings of Ephraem the Syrian from 373 A.D. have shed new insights into what the early church was teaching the members of their congregations concerning the Rapture of the Church.

    In 1994 Grant Jeffrey discovered a few ancient manuscripts written by Ephraem the Syrian and insured that they were correctly translated into modern English. The translation of these manuscripts was accomplished by Professor Cameron Rhoades of Tyndale Theological seminary.

  • Signs of the Last Days: 4 Trillion in World Debt

    Signs of the Last Days: 4 Trillion in World Debt

    One of the events that will precede the coming of the world ruler known as the ‘antichrist’ in the Bible, is a need for world-wide leadership in economic affairs. There will be such a catastrophic climate present just before the antichrist comes on the scene, that the world will welcome his plan of rescue to save the world markets.

    Banks in Europe and the United States have recently revealed that the world-wide debt is in excess of 4 Trillion Dollars. Today on the national news channels it was revealed that during the past 12 months the national debt has risen by 1.6 trillion dollars. Within just a short time, the economy of the United States of America will be bankrupt and we will have greater debt than we can pay interest on.

    As the financial markets in the United States fail, so also will those financial markets in Europe and Asia. Within the next year a global crisis will overtake our world and necessitate a rescue.

  • Bible Studies, The Book of Revelation, The Tribulation

    Posted on September 6th, 2010

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    What is the Purpose of the Great Tribulation? P2

    What is the Purpose of the Great Tribulation? P2

    Jesus warned the dwellers in Judea that when they see the Abomination of Desolation”a desecrating idol installed in the Holy of Holies of the Temple”to immediately flee to the mountains. The remnant of Israel will find refuge there for three-and-a-half years while God protects them and provides for them. From other passages, we learn that the remnant will flee to Bozrah in the mountains of Edom.

    The Great Tribulation

    The Tribulation is often used as a generic term for the entire seven years of the 70th Week of Daniel. However, the Great Tribulation is actually defined as the last half of the week: three-and-a-half, not seven years. And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a na-tion even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. - Daniel 12:1

  • Bible Studies, The Book of Revelation, The Tribulation

    Posted on September 6th, 2010

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    What is the Purpose of the Great Tribulation? P1

    What is the Purpose of the Great Tribulation? P1

    What is the purpose of the Great Tribulation? Where do those who are in Judea flee? (Matthew 24:16) Which mountains? What is the prophetic role of Ammon, Moab, and Edom (now known collectively as Jordan)? Where does Jesus return? On the Mount of Olives or in Bozrah?

    Israels Enemies
    As we read and watch todays media coverage of world events, its not hard to see Zechariahs prophecy being fulfilled in every newscast: Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. - Zechariah 12:2,3 This article will begin an exploration of some of the less familiar prophecies of the End Times, the Tribulation, and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. But first, some background history is needed. Where did Ammon, Moab and Edom come from and what are their prophetic destinies? It appears they escape the rule of the coming world leader (commonly known as the Antichrist):

  • An Early and Later Fulfillment of Prophecy

    An Early and Later Fulfillment of Prophecy

    With the latest attempts by the Obama administration to make peace in the middle east, those who watch the current events around the world in anticipation of the coming of Jesus become very excited. Whether or not the current effort will be successful at securing a seven year peace treaty as described in the Book of Daniel chapter 9, remains to be seen.
    There are many articles on the internet referencing the fact that Obama has shown signs of being either the antichrist himself or like the antichrist. This writer would not go so far to make either of those statements as neither of these possibilities are clear at the present time. No one really knows that a particular aspect of Bible prophecy has been fulfilled until after the fact. We know that in the last days before the seven year tribulation begins, there will be a great move in the middle east similar to the current effort, that will ensue into a seemingly miraculous set of events, finally bringing peace to the decades long struggle.
    According to the Bible, part of the peace process will be that Israel will be allowed to rebuild the third temple on the very same site as the former two temples. In order to do this, the muslim world would need to allow the construction of the temple next to the existing dome of the rock. Today no one but a muslim can even approach the temple mount. To allow any Israeli to begin a jewish house of worship next to their revered mosque would be of epic importance. Never the less, we know that when this final seven years do begin, midway into the seven year tribulation, an event will happen that will set into motion the final 21 plagues of the Book of Revelation and bring the return of Jesus to the earth with His church to set up a one thousand year kingdom of righteousness. Then at the three and one half year mark of the seven year peace agreement, a statue of antichrist will be placed in the holy of holies in the new temple and it will come to life. A command will be given to worship the new world ruler as God, who will be the antichrist. Jesus called this event the “Abomination of Desolation in Matthew chapter 24.

  • Rob Robinson, The Book of Revelation, The Rapture of the Church, The Tribulation

    Posted on August 20th, 2010

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    A New Book by Rob Robinson: ‘Simple Revelation’

    A New Book by Rob Robinson: ‘Simple Revelation’

    We live in exciting days!

    The Bible describes events that would happen around the world and also in the heavens themselves, that would cause men to tremble and their hearts to fail them over fear of things coming upon the earth.We are privileged to live in these final prophetic days and to see with our own eyes stunning developments that men have longed to understand for countless generations. These astonishing events predicted in the Bible, are now suddenly unfolding right before our eyes. The nations of the world are joining themselves together in an alliance that will be ruled by one man who will capture the hearts and imaginations of people around the world.
    Armies rising, financial markets destabilizing and collapsing, religions travailing, all in a prequel to the coming of the “Son of Perdition” to whom the world will marvel after and proclaim, “Who is like unto the beast and who is able to make war with him?” You and I live during a period of time that the Bible describes more than any other era in all of human history. Days that will bring the soon return of the King of all Kings and Lord of all Lords to finally rule over the nations of this hurting and dying planet. All of the Bible is about just one subject: Jesus. Who He is, what He has done, why He created the universe. How His creation fell, and how in His love He came to redeem it. In His ultimate victory, how He will return again to remove from the earth those who love Him, before He brings His final fury. In ultimate finality, Jesus will bring His wrath to this planet for a period of seven final years in which two-thirds of the people of earth will perish in three sets of twenty one judgments.

  • The Antichrist, The Tribulation

    Posted on May 17th, 2010

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    The Coming World Ruler

    The Coming World Ruler

    One of the dominant topics among prophecy buffs is the identity of the coming leader whom we call “the Antichrist.” As current events seem to be increasingly drawing us into the threshold of the climactic Biblical scenario, speculations continue. One of the most fundamental passages concerning the end times is the famous “Seventy Weeks” prophecy contained in the last four verses of Daniel 9. The Angel Gabriel interrupts Daniel’s prayer to provide him with what has to be the most astonishing passage in the entire Bible: he predicts the precise day-five centuries in advance-the exact day that the Messiah would present Himself as king!1

    In describing an interval between the contiguous group of years of 69 weeks (of years), and the final “70th week,” we notice that the Angel Gabriel declares that the: Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary - Daniel 9:26

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