Zero Hedge: For two weeks now, the world has watched the Russian war machine move into Ukraine. We have witnessed the shelling of cities and towns; we have seen crowds of women and children fleeing the country to escape.
We have watched hospitals, business districts, and apartment buildings emptied of people, emptied of vehicles; their storefronts destroyed, their windows blown out.
It’s a war zone. That’s what war zones look like. And if our hearts bleed for these refugees, then that’s as it should be. Our hearts should care.
But that’s not where our minds should be.
Our minds should be half a planet away, on the coast of Mainland China, and the little economic powerhouse just off its shore: the island of Taiwan, Republic of China (R.O.C.). Read More …
Opinion: A cycle of wars and rumors of wars has many Christians wondering if the world is now in the time of Matthew 24. Here’s why:
“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for [all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
In perhaps one of the most misunderstood chapters in the New Testament, Jesus gave His disciples, and the Jewish people, a step-by-step list of events that will happen in the tribulation.
- Matthew 24:1-2 Jesus prophecies the destruction of the 2nd temple
- Matthew 24:3-14 Jesus tells the Jewish people what to expect in the first 3.5 three years of the tribulation
- Matthew 24:15-41 Jesus tells the Jewish people what to expect in the second 3.5 years called the Great Tribulation
- Matthew 24:42-51 Jesus prepares His people for His return
Nowhere in Matthew 24 or 25 can the church be found; before the tribulation, the Church, those who have accepted pardon for sin that the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ provides, will be gone in the blink of an eye to the heavenlies.
“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1 Cor. 15:51-52
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” 1 Thess. 4:16-17
The prophecy of the rapture has been diluted by Replacement Theology and Covenant Theology adherents to a post tribulation event. See our paper Bible Prophecy 101 Chapter 3 here