Prayer Partners Around The World (PPATW)
HOLY SPIRIT LEADS
5/1 THRU 5/31
"THE RAPTURE -
GOING HOME, DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND"
1 THESSALONIANS 4:15-18
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Imagine being in a crowded grocery store or driving in your car in a busy highway and all of a sudden the loudest trumpet noise ever heard by human ears is SOUNDING all over the world! Then people disappear into thin air, scary? How about emergency news broadcast from all around the globe telling of disasters because millions of TRUE Christians have vanished without a trace? Well, get ready because it is going to happen sooner than you think. I believe without a doubt, you can ask other elders and pastors, that it will happen within our lifetime. ARE YOU READY FOR THAT? This is the next event on God 's prophetic calender and it is going to be like no other event thus far. It will make the flood of Noah or the opening on the Red Sea look like child's play. The signs are already in place. The Scriptures is clear,"And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows" (MATTHEW 24:6-8). You tell me, does this sound like now or not? Still not convinced, well let's take a deeper look at things today.
According to the International Bureau of Health and Sciences (IBHS), famine is the #1 killer of ALL TIMES of the WHOLE world and even today, with all of our technological advances, it is still growing out of control. There are more sicknesses and diseases today than ever before, for example the SWINE FLU, AIDS and STD's are considered to be at epidemic levels! Still not convinced, then how about this? It has been announced by global scientist from every region of this earth that there are more earthquakes in the last nine years than ANY other nine-year period on the recorded history of this planet! Early this year, Haiti was struck with 7.0 magnitude devastating earthquake that left nearly 200,000 lives lost! Then that was followed by another groundbreaking news when Argentina suffered the same fate where it left the city in ruins! And there is also this oil slick in the gulf of Mexico which until now is still unresolved where millions of oil barrels are spit up in the ocean. These are really sad, sad, news. Still a doubting Thomas? Well how about the many wars that are going on and rumors of wars with such nations as Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel, USA etc. Let's see what else does the Bible say will be signs of the end times. In (2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5) 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 Foremen shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despises of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Do I really need to emphasize how homosexually is so rapid along with sexual immorality in our society today? In all parts of the world, gay rights is marching on and changing laws to accommodate their lifestyle which is creating another Sodom and Gomorrah. Try watching TV or driving along the highway and tell me how much of our advertising today is really about selling sex. With shows on TV and movies now depicting dysfunctional families consisting of single parents or even gay parents, it is no wonder why we are in the mess that we are in today. We are in a civilization that mocks God and His values and Satan is in control of the societies of this world (2 CORINTHIANS 4:4) In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. People of today are told to do whatever it takes to get ahead and instead of loving one another as Christ taught, it is common practice to put down, back stab, cheat, lie, steal and hurt others so that you can do better than them.
I think I gave you enough evidence about the reality of the matter at hand so now let's talk about the actual event. Our Lord, in the twinkling of an eye on a day or time that no one knows, will meet in the air first those who are dead in Christ. These are the bodies of Christians whose spirit have gone to heaven when they died but their bodies remained here. Their bodies will meet them in the air and be transformed into bodies of incorruptible or glorified bodies or spiritual bodies such as Christ had right after His resurrection. We then, who are left alive, when Christ comes will secondly meet Him in the air and our bodies will also be transformed into bodies of glory. In (1 CORINTHIANS 15:52,53)52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruptible, and this mortal must put on immortality. WOW if that doesn't excite you then maybe it is because you are unsure of your salvation, well we will get to that in a moment, but let's talk about what happens next.
After the rapture, there will be so much pain and destruction and there will arise a world leader, the anti-Christ, who will lead this world on a path of pure misery. At first he will bring peace but it will be a false peace. Later he will cause worldwide destruction which will lead up to the next HOLY event which will be even greater than the rapture and that is the GREAT TRIBULATION. Those who thought that they were Christians and were not taken with Christ will have to die for their salvation. If you think it is hard to live for Christ, try dying for Him! In (MATTHEW 24:9)Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
Let's be real about this, you and I both know that as long as Satan is ruling over this planet, it will not get better. The signs are here. You have two choices to either heed to God's Word and get your life in order with Christ or continue to be blinded into believing that it will not happen anytime soon. That's the same thing they said when Noah was building an ark, for it had never rained, but we both know what happened next. All you need to know is that if you are saved then you will be going with Christ.
What is being saved? The Bible tells us that if you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart (ROMANS 10:9) that Jesus Christ died and rose again for your sins then you are God's child. Confession by itself does not make you saved! Anyone can say the words but it is the conviction of your heart that confirms what is said with your mouth! Only God knows your heart, so the best way to tell if you truly believe in your heart is to look at your life before and after Christ. You can't take a car to a car wash and don't expect that it will still come out dirty. All I'm saying is what the Word says, and that the fruits of the Spirit of a Christian are in GALATIANS 5:22-25. If you do not meet up to the standards of what God has said should be, then what? You know you love Jesus andyou want to make God happy but you are having such a hard time living for Him. Stop trying to serve Him through your flesh remember in (GALATIANS 2:20)I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. SO LET'S GET BUSY FOR THE LORD AND WE'LL MEET EACH OTHER IN THE AIR WITH OUR KING JESUS, MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST!
THANK YOU LORD,
Ptr Jeff Queen