The Jesus we talk about is alive.
You heard the words of the angels when they spoke to the women and said ‘He is not here. He is risen as he said’.
The angel asked ‘ why do you seek the living among the dead’?.
At Easter time, we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Because that’s when it happened. So, every year we celebrate it.
At this time, I want us to remember many of God’s people around the world who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ.
You know we are in a very special period. Just yesterday in Kansas, there was a judgement given forbidding churches in that state from meeting because of the covid-19.
The issue is the threat that came from the judgement. That if anyone went to church, he could be given a Jail term of One year or more.
That should say something.
If the Governor and those with her are thinking about jailing someone for going to church for a term of at least one year…. What does that tell you about what they think about going to church post covid-19. This means they are don’t plan for churches to meet .
But we are not ignorant of the devil’s devices. .
That case was not necessary but they wanted a place to start. The legislators were even ready to settle out of court, but the Governor knew she could get a judgement on her side because of how the court is constituted.
She took it to the state supreme court and got the judgement.
That judgement will become a reference for other states…but in the name of Jesus, that case will be squashed. It will not survive. It is only for a time.
The devil wants to take advantage of this situation. Let us not sleep as do others.
Where is the true church? It’s times like this that prove and when you discover the true church.
Who thinks that this is good? Vs who is seeing with the eyes of the spirit? That’s how you know. Its not difficult.
Those without the true spirit of Christ are never persecuted. Often they would be on the same side as the perpetrators, so they become collaborators.
Today, we will pray for those being persecuted.
Today ends a phase of the fast, so we will still celebrate our victories.
We are not dealing with Israel or Jerusalem physically. We are looking at it spiritually.
Years ago, as a teenager, I would pray with these scriptures for the church of Jesus Christ around the world. This is so important. What we are seeing today is a reminder of many things that the Lord has told us in his word.
From this Wednesday, all pastors and ministers will fast and pray for the churches of Christ around the world and for ministers of the gospel around the world for 7 days.
The bible talks about the apostasy that’s coming and the great falling away of the faith. So we need to fast and pray.
Pray for Gods people.
Pray for Gods church..
Nothing will dampen their faith.
They will be strengthened and encouraged by this message of resurrection.
Nothing will weaken them.
There are some people who have never heard of the Rapture of the church.
Today we will discuss it from a certain perspective.
Someone said they heard the Rapture is a Hoax. All they read in the Bible was about Jesus coming again.
We have a lot of Christians today who really never studied the bible. They just use the search Engine.
You will not find the word ‘Rapture’ in any verse.
1 Cor 15:51-
Paul is writing to the Corinthian church. Most don’t understand this because its a mystery: divine revelations and esoteric revelations that Paul brought to the church.
In the days of Jesus in the earth, the disciples knew nothing about the gentiles coming into Christ. In all the discussions that Jesus had with them, they didn’t have a clear understanding that it would happen. There were many things that Jesus didn’t talk about. He said ‘I have many things to tell you but you can’t receive them now, but when the Holy spirit of truth comes, he will teach you all things’.
He said he would build his Church but the disciples thought it was. Jewish church. To the point that the disciples were angry with Peter when he went to the house of Cornelius. He had to explain to them his experience with the spirit. He explained how the Holy spirit came upon the gentiles while he was speaking to them without his permission.
James dug out the first clue that the prophets of old spoke of it.
It was only Paul that was given this full revelation.
Paul called the Rapture a mystery. Its going to happen so fast. You won’t have time to prepare for it because you would have been preparing for it all your life.
1 Thess 4: 16-17
Same trumpet referred to in 1 Corinthians.
We will be caught up together with him. We will be snatched away. Raptured! No matter where you are, the power of God will snatch you away from this world.
Christians who have died will be resurrected first. Then we will join up and meet the Lord in the air.
When will it take place? ANYTIME SOON. Its closer than its ever been.
The church of Jesus Christ was given 2 days… That’s 2000 years. The scriptures are so clear (someone would have to pay you NOT to see it). Find out if there are any scriptures that contradict what was taught earlier.
All those who are in Christ Jesus will be caught up.
John 15:1-8. To be in Christ, you abide in him and be fruit bearing. Make up your mind that you will be a fruit bearing branch. Jesus is coming for every branch that remains in the vine, because anyone that is not bearing fruit will be cut off.
Who is going to be at the Marriage supper of the Lamb.
Jesus opens chapter 4 with this (after closing the monologue on the church in chapters 1-3 of revelation). You don’t see the discussion of the church mentioned again until towards the end of revelation. From Revelation 4 to 19, the church is not there. They are in Heaven.
We do have the tribulation saints which will join the body during the period of the tribulation.
In chapter 18, the destruction of religion (Babylon, the mother of Harlots) is shown.
Rev 19: 1
Next week we will discuss ‘mystery Babylon’.
If you knew what Religion and Religious people have done to the church over the years….
Most don’t know the history of the church.
In Rev 19, John is seeing what is happening in Heaven
Who is this Bride?
Rev 21:1-2, 9-
In chapter 4, the church is taken away.
In chapter 5, we see preparations..
From chapter 6, we see the horrendous things that will take place.
The church is not the body of Christ, not the bride of Christ. The bride of Christ is a City and the church is a part of the bride of Christ.
The Lamb’s book of life is the same as the Book of life. .Moses referred to it. Several books of scripture refer to it.
In Christ is salvation. The old testament saints have gone to heaven. They were in Hades when they died (Abraham’s bosom). The only 2 that never went there were Enoch, Elijah and Moses. Even though Moses died, God took him to Heaven because he came from Heaven to visit Jesus at the Mount of transfiguration.
When Jesus died, he broke into Hades and set the old saints all free. .
When He ascended, he took them to Heaven.
He was received by a cloud…. Same cloud referred to in Hebrews as the cloud of witnesses.
(Refer to scripture in Psalm regarding ‘lift up your head oh ye gates’).
Jesus was the first to come out of death.
(Imagine that David saw all that revelation before it ever happened)
Rev 19:10; 21:27; Hebs 12:22-24. Hebs 11:8-16.
This is the same city that we will be in. The heavenly Jerusalem.
During the second half of the tribulation is when the ‘second flight’ will take place.
Rev 7:9-17… At this time, Jesus had not returned to the earth, so when did they go to heaven???
Rev 15: 2-4, 20:4
Marriage supper of the lamb takes place before Jesus returns to the earth.
Those who went during the ascension are there.
Those who went during the rapture are there.
Those who did not worship the beast during tribulation are there.
we are in Heaven at this time; we have been at the marriage supper of the Lamb
Jesus comes out of Heaven and transforms from a bridegroom into a man of war.
Why does Jesus take the robe dipped in blood? Its a sign of the purchase he made with his blood for the soul of every man on earth. We were not bought with silver, gold or precious stones. We were bought with a price.
We are dressed in linen (the righteousness of saints – Christ’s righteousness) as we follow him.
Jude 1:14-15. The Lord is coming to end that tribulation on earth because they come to war over Jerusalem. .
Matthew 24: 29-30. He comes out of heaven Zech 14:1-5.
Jude 1:14-15 you will give account for the ungodly words you spoke against Jesus.
The Rapture is so close. We were not given a time for the Rapture but he gave us a timing for the second coming…and we know the rapture will take place before the second coming.
In the Rapture, Jesus doesn’t come to the earth … we meet him in the air. In the Second coming He comes with us to the earth to execute Judgement. The Holy Ghost is ministering all over the world at this hour, calling men to salvation.
He calls all men to repentance, into his salvation. Accept Christ into your heart. Walk in his light. This is your hour. This is your moment. Ask him to come into your heart. Its time to put away sin from your heart. Its time to serve him.
I want to encourage you all because I believe 2 things are going to happen soon.
There’s no doubt in my mind that persecution is coming to many parts of the world soon. .we will see a great falling away and as well, a great move of God in the church. It will be so powerful that what happened in Acts 5 will happen again. In the world we will see darkness we have not seen before and in the church, we will see great glory. The Rapture must happen before wrath comes upon the earth.
I believe its time we all become very focused and very connected to our heavenly calling and be disconnected to this earth, and our past and what this earth represents.
Now we are all rejoicing about the victory of Calvary and the resurrection of Jesus which is the foundation of our life Hebs 11:8-10, 13-16
Here is an amazing revelation of what Abraham was looking towards. For all of us, its time for us to press towards the same goal. We have to start seeing the heavenly. Seeing who we are. Seeing what God has promised us and seeing ourselves as strangers in this earth. Start declaring that you don’t belong here. Abraham stopped being connected to his ‘home country’.
Yes, persecution may even start sooner than expected but what do we do as believers when this happens? What do we do when the great falling away starts? The true church will NEVER walk away.
Any individual who ever had a face to face encounter with the Living Christ could never walk away.
We are to set our affections on things above. That’s the only way to survive the coming days.
Abraham was a rich man, but was willing to live in a tent away from his country… Because he was looking for a heavenly city.
The bible describes that city as 15,000 miles in every direction.
We are strangers here.
1 Peter 1:1., Psalm 102: 25-27, 2 Pet 3:4
People would say ‘things are the same, nothing has changed.. ‘ but they should remember this:
The world was once destroyed by flood. .. One day it will be destroyed by fire.. And only those who are in Jesus will endure.
Mankind will be placed in 2 classes.
1. Those who live to fulfill their desires
2. Those who live to fulfill the plan of God.
When we begin to see ourselves as strangers, knowing all these things are coming… How are we preparing? We are heavenly and must not see ourselves as people who belong to this world. 2 Peter 3:11-12
1. We should live holy lives.
2. We should be a forward looking people. Looking towards the appearing of the Lord. Call for his coming. We must keep preaching and teaching this. Titus 2: 13.
3. We shouldn’t be a passive people waiting for zero hour. We are to be BUSY declaring the word of God like never before. Occupy!!! Be actively involved in ministry.
Because we are a heavenly people rescued from the dominion of darkness and entered into the the kingdom, we are the heavenly colony on earth. Our thinking must become dominated by Heavenly things/Unseen world. 2 Cor 4:18.
We must start this NOW. We must stop looking at the things which are seen and begin looking at the things which are not seen. Acts 26:19
We have to be so captured by heaven that we begin living on earth, the Heavenly life. Begin living your heavenly life in this life. Don’t be MINDFUL of earthly things…. DISCONNECT!!!
Salvation is our heavenly call and vision. Phil 3:12-14. We are to press towards the goal with everything within us.
Forget everything that is behind. Press with everything within you. Press and take hold of the prize: gaining the fullness of Jesus. . Don’t be distracted. Don’t look at things that don’t help you.
Look at the scriptures like never before. Embrace Heaven!
Today, we have 3.25 billion people connected to this broadcast. Excluding those watching on 400 TV stations. Let Christ rule in you.
There are those who are not so proud to identify themselves with the Lord.
In 2nd Thess 1:10. The day is coming when Jesus will be admired. We will be so proud of him. He is coming in great glory. Others will be terrified of him because he will come for Judgement for them.