Wednesday, June 29, 2011

PROPHETIC INSIGHTS FROM JEREMIAH & THE RIGHT TO LIFE

I completed a verse-by-verse study of Jeremiah in the last few months and realized that I had yet to summarize his prophecies concerning future events in this blog. Like I did with Isaiah, I am going to go through the book of Isaiah and comment on some of the prophetic sections in the order they are recorded. I think we should note that Jeremiah’s ministry began during the reign of King Josiah (circa 625 BC) and that he was witness to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians (586 BC).

Although not pertinent to end times prophecy, I think it is also important to note that God set apart Jeremiah as a prophet “before I formed thee in the belly.”

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

This is a powerful statement as to God’s personal creative stamp on each individual. Yes, the laws of science describe for us how this amazing process unfolds, but they cannot deny God’s involvement with the birth of each and every child. God emphasizes that Jeremiah was designated to serve Him in a specific way before he came out of the womb. Jeremiah was a person of worth in God’s eyes before he was born. That is true of every single human child that comes into this world.

I like the thoughts of Ray Stedman: “All the babies God sends into the world, who look so innocent and so helpless -- and so useless -- at their birth, have enormous potential. There is nothing very impressive in appearance about a baby, but that is God's way of changing the world. And hidden in the heart of a baby are the most amazing possibilities. That is what God said to Jeremiah: "I've been working before you were born to prepare you to be a prophet, working through your father and your mother, and those who were before them."

I can hear the unbelievers screaming that a loving God would not form people just to have them suffer abortion due to the selfish choice of their parent(s). As with every other “God is not fair” argument, they are assuming a God who creates robots with no will of their own. They assume that a loving God would not allow bad things of any kind to happen. As always, they will not admit that it is the sinful actions of sinful people that cause so many of these bad things. They would rather argue that there is no God rather than face accountability to that God and admit that they are sinners before Him. God, the Righteous Judge, will make all things right in the end, and I tremble for those who so boldly reject Him and the truth of His word when they face Him in judgment.

Another interesting note about Jeremiah is that God basically told him that his ministry among the people would fall on deaf ears for the most part and the people would resist him—sometimes to his danger. However, He also told him that he had nothing to fear because God would be “with him” to deliver him.

Jeremiah 1:17–19 “Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them. For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.”

The true child of God today can claim that same promise. There are many promises in scripture that are in context to a specific person or group of people that are valid in principle to the believer today. God is always the same; His character is unchanging.

Malachi 3:6 “For I am the LORD, I change not….”


God’s heart is to bless His children as they look to Him in faith and obedience. Jeremiah suffered much throughout his ministry, and God allowed this for His purposes; but He was faithful to His promise to be with Jeremiah and deliver Him. God never promises that we will not suffer for our faith, but He does promise to be with us at all times and guarantees the victory in the end.

Matthew 28:18–20 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

1 John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Thinking out Loud re the Rapture…

As I was reading through Thessalonians yet again recently, I began thinking again about the following verses and again trying to fit all the puzzle pieces together in my mind.

2 Thessalonians 2:1–8 “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming…”

My keys to interpretation according to my study of scripture (as detailed on my website):

• “our gathering together unto him” = the rapture [special note: “gathering together” in the Greek is defined as “a complete collection”]
• “day of Christ” = “day of the Lord” = God’s wrath against His enemies
• “a falling away” = the departure of the church, the rapture, that results in the emergence of the completely apostate church
• “the man of sin” and “the son of perdition” and “that Wicked” who will be revealed = the Antichrist
• “he who now letteth” = the One holding down the full reign of sin = the Holy Spirit who indwells every true believer

Conclusions from this passage:

• God’s wrath cannot come until two things happen: the rapture and the revelation of the Antichrist.
• This revelation will happen after the Restrainer of sin is removed. Since the Holy Spirit indwells every believer, this is another description of the rapture.

In the process of my studies regarding end times I have already identified a distinction between the last seven years before Christ returns as King, commonly referred to as the tribulation, and God’s wrath. The seven-year period is directed toward the Jewish people as defined by the prophet Daniel.

Daniel 9:24 “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.”

The first 69 weeks (483 years) ended with the crucifixion of the Messiah; the last week (7 years) will end with His return to earth as King. During that 70th week God is going to bring forth a believing remnant of the Jewish people through whom He will fulfill His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. That is the primary purpose for that 70th week. (For further explanation you can go to the verse by verse study of that chapter on my website.)

The time of God’s wrath that is going to take place during that time period is a time of vengeance against His enemies, those who are wicked and have chosen to follow Satan in the person of the Antichrist. Revelation 6 defines the beginning of God’s wrath as part of the effects the 6th seal.

Revelation 6:16–17 “And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”

Conclusions: Both the rapture and the revelation of the Antichrist will occur prior to and/or in conjunction with the events of the 6th seal. The revelation of the Antichrist will occur after the rapture (cf 2Thess 2:7-8).

What is the signature event that reveals the Antichrist? According to Daniel, the confirmation of the 7-week covenant.

Daniel 9:27 “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease….”


As noted in my journal on Revelation, I believe that the effects of the first 5 seals occur over a period of time. There is no reason to believe that the effects of the 6th seal are any different.

Revelation 6:12–17 “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”

I actually think the wording of the NIV makes more sense and gives a better translation of the Greek.

Revelation 6:15–17 “Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?””

This translation supports the truth of scripture regarding “the day of the Lord” and “the day of Christ.” It is not a reference to two different events; the wrath of One is the wrath of the Other. Jesus was very clear in declaring that He is one with the Father.

John 10:27–30 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.”


The NIV translation also makes sense in describing the actions of men in response to what has happened as a result of nature’s devastation in context of that seal.

If David Lowe is correct (and I think he makes great sense), then the rapture occurs concurrent with that earthquake. The Antichrist will probably emerge in the aftermath using lying wonders to get the people of the world to trust him to restore a sense of order with his plan for the future. Part of that plan will be to get the people to work in unity with one another, and the confirmation of the seven-year covenant will be a part of that process. This would also support the conclusion that God will be accomplishing two purposes in the whole of that final seven-year period—bringing forth a remnant of Jewish believers to call for Jesus to return as their King (as declared by Jesus in confirmation of the prophecy of Zechariah) and executing vengeance on those who would reject Him and choose Satan as their Lord.

Matthew 23:37–39 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Zechariah 13:8–9 “And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.”


Revelation 14:9–11 “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”

The wrath of God in context in these verses from Revelation is a reference to everlasting torment with fire and brimstone; it is a reference to the eternal judgment they will experience in a very real hell—not the wrath of His vengeance that takes place during the tribulation period.

I think this thought process is also supported by the transition period that occurred as God brought forth the “church” after the ascension of Jesus. A transition period (though of short duration in light of scripture) will also accompany the completion of His work through the church and the time it will take to complete His work with the Jewish people. I believe the events of the 6th seal will result in the faith of the 144,000 Jewish believers who will then become God’s witnesses on earth. I also believe that the ministry of the two witnesses will begin in conjunction with the confirmation of the treaty by Antichrist and Israel and will serve as powerful witnesses to the Jewish people in particular.

I am convinced that I will be part of the multitude of people before the throne described in Revelation 7.

Revelation 7:9–10 & 14-15 “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb….These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.”

People often allow themselves to be misguided by the reference to the fact that this multitude comes out of great tribulation. Paul was clear in declaring that the church would inherit the kingdom of God by enduring “much tribulation.”

Acts 14:22 “Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”

Even so, Come Lord Jesus!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Why I Think the Rapture will be “Soon”

“Soon” of course is a relative term with a lot of leeway. I have to be honest and say that I am looking for the rapture in my lifetime based on the “signs of the times.” Argument could be made that some of these “signs” have existed for centuries, but certainly not with the increasing occurrences and intensity in evidence today.

I was having a discussion with a dear friend recently and she made a statement something to the effect of that she didn’t understand why I thought the rapture would be any time soon since things are no worse than they have always been. Immediately, that makes me think of the verse from 1Peter.

2 Peter 3:4 “And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”


My friend is a believer, not a scoffer. She just truly didn’t understand why I think the rapture is so near. From a historical perspective (and we both like historical Christian fiction) society is certainly no more decadent than it was in many past cultures. I think you have to discount the cultures, however, that existed before the spread of Christianity. Growing up in the “Christian” nation of America, I have witnessed the moral corruption of my homeland in a relatively short time. Compared to other decadent societies throughout history, I think it becomes a significant “sign of the times” when predominantly “Christian” cultures are turning pagan at an ever increasing rate. Moral decadence, however, is not the only “sign of the times.”

Obviously, the most significant “sign of the times” is the rebirth of the nation of Israel. Since that time in May 1948, the alignment of the nations is occurring as predicted in the scriptures in preparation for the events marking the end of the age before Christ returns as King of kings. Russia has partnered itself with Iran as well as other nations identified in the coalition of Gog talked about in Ezekiel 38. The nations surrounding Israel are intent upon defeating her and establishing a Palestinian state in her stead. The unrest in Syria reminds me that the Bible predicts the complete destruction of Damascus, the oldest inhabited city in the world, at some point. Most importantly, just as the LORD God predicted in His word, the city of Jerusalem in the tiny nation of Israel has become a cup of trembling and a burdensome stone to all the nations of the world.

Zechariah 12:1–3 “The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. 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.”

Wars and rumors of wars are constant. Famines, pestilences, diseases and earthquakes are continuing to increase as predicted—more and more with greater intensity in comparison to birth pains as predicted by the Lord Jesus.

Matthew 24:6–8 “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
“sorrows” = a pang or throe, especially of childbirth

Some of the most troubling and significant “signs” to me are not focused on so often. I just don’t see how the LORD can tarry much longer considering the amazing advances being made in science and technology in the fields of transhumanism and the manipulation of DNA and genetic modifications. God’s plan is to bring forth a refined remnant of the nation of Israel and establish Himself as King in Jerusalem over the whole earth.

Zechariah 13:1–2 & 9 “In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land….And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.”

Revelation 19:15–16 “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”


The advances in science and technology are occurring at such a rapid pace, I just don’t see how the Lord can tarry much longer. It would seem that the humanity of the human race is once again in danger of corruption just as it was before the flood of Noah, and I know the LORD will intervene much sooner this time in light of His plans for His earthly kingdom.

Even so, Come Lord Jesus!!!!!!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Correction and apology for information in post “The Aftermath - Ezekiel Part 5” from 3/4/08

While I was out of town recently I was notified of the following comment made on the subject post.

Comment: Russia is not making weapons from Lignostone. This claim goes back to a letter written to the Soviet foreign minister by a complete loon in 1974 and has been repeated unquestioningly, and with no attempt to check facts, by biblical literalists ever since. I have challenged literally hundreds of people to name ONE Russian weapon system that includes Lignostone parts, and have received no answers. By continuing to spread this claim you just make yourselves look like fools. Russia is not making weapons from Lignostone.

Since returning home I have done quite a bit of research and must admit that my “Anonymous” commenter appears to be correct. All of the information I could find regarding lignostone being used in Russian weaponry was from Christian sources. I made the mistake of assuming that the respected resources I had quoted were reporting from dependable news sources. I appreciate the correction from the commenter and want to apologize for misleading anyone by repeating this information.

I try very hard to be truthful when sharing information to support the conclusions I draw from scripture. I also try to be careful to let the reader know that I am on a journey of discovery in my study of scripture and that all commentary I make is a result of prayerful consideration. Still, it is only my opinion; and that opinion is subject to change as I continue to study and seek the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit in that process—and the journals on my website reflect that process. I always appreciate positive critique and/or correction. I am only interested in learning all I can about the truth of God’s word—wherever that may lead.

Whether or not Russia is using lignostone in its weaponry has no bearing on the truth of God’s word. Scripture is clear that the weapons will be used for fuel by Israel for seven years.

Ezekiel 39:9-10 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years: So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD.

It always bothers me when people choose to hide behind the “Anonymous” tag rather than boldly taking a stand for what they believe. It is obvious to me that this commenter does not know my Savior, and I want him/her to know that I am praying for you.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Scripture Framed in Creation's Beauty #4

This ends the series of posts of scripture cards. I pray you have been blessed by the truth of God's word and the beauty that surrounds us. If we have so much beauty in this fallen world, just imagine what awaits us in eternity! (Click on image to enlarge.)



Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Scripture Framed in Creation's Beauty #3

I love the ocean and sunrises! The first pic was taken in the Bahamas and the second in the states. (Click on image to enlarge.)


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Scripture Framed in Creation's Beauty #2

The first picture in this post was taken at sunset outside my front door; the second is of one of the roses in my valentine's bouquet from my sweet hubby. (Click on image to enlarge.)


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Scripture Framed in Creation's Beauty

For the next few posts I am going to share a few original scripture cards that I pray will bring a smile to your heart as you contemplate the truth declared and the beauty that surrounds us. I am going to spend a few weeks with my son and his family and rejoice in the birth of a new granddaughter.

My husband and I enjoyed a visit to Bill Baggs State Park, site of a beautiful lighthouse, and snapped these pics. (Click on image to enlarge)



Sunday, June 5, 2011

THE BRIDE OF CHRIST

Recently in the early morning hours the words of a poem began to form in my heart as I thought of the Lord's return. The result is posted below, and I trust you will recognize the scriptures being referenced (John 14:1-3, 1Thessalonians 4:16-17, 1Corinthians 15:53, Matthew 23:39, Zechariah 13:9, Zechariah 12:10, Revelation 19, Zechariah 14, Revelation 20:11-15, Revelation 21:1-7, 1Corinthians 2:9, & Ephesians 5:25-32).

I’m preparing a special place for you
It is in My Father’s house.
I’ll come and take you home when He says,
“It’s time” with His thunderous shout.

First the faithful who have died will rise;
Then the living will join in.
You’ll receive a brand new body
That will have no taint of sin.

Israel will one day call for Me
In deep sorrow for her shame
For rejecting the very Son of God
Who for her salvation came.

You’ll go with Me in great glory
When in victory I come as King.
Those who live on earth in My kingdom
Will enjoy the peace that I bring.

Then all sin will be judged and the earth made anew,
Truth and goodness will ever abide.
You’ll never imagine what I have prepared
For My own, My precious bride.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

JESUS IS PREPARING A PLACE FOR US IN HIS FATHER’S HOUSE

There is one other passage in scripture that I think supports a pre-tribulation rapture. It is clear to me that there is an obvious parallel between 1Thessalonians 4:16-18, the words in 1Corinthians 15, and the words of John. They speak of a time when the Lord will come to “receive” believers into His presence. This is very different from the description of the Lord Jesus returning to earth in all His glory to defeat the armies of Satan and assume His earthly throne.

John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

In these verses Jesus is giving comfort and encouragement to His disciples. He tells them not to worry or be sad; hold on to your trust in God—and in Me as One and the same in power and authority. Jesus declares that in His Father’s house there are lots of dwelling places (mansions). He emphasizes that He would never tell them a lie or withhold truth from them. He tells them that He is going to prepare a place for each one of them in His Father’s house. (I like the thought that there is a special place or spot in eternity just for me.) He promises to come again and take them to be with Him, in His presence.

In my study of prophecy, focus is keen on the phrase “I will come again and receive you unto myself.” This doesn’t sound like He is referencing physical death—“absent from the body, present with the Lord.” (2Cor 5:8) Nor does it match the description of His second coming in which all eyes will see Him as He returns to reign on planet earth. He is speaking of coming to take His followers to be with Him in the presence of His Father.

Note the following quote from Thomas Ice: "This passage, taken literally, indicates that the believer is going to go to heaven at the time of Christ's coming for Him." This will not occur at the Second Advent because that will be a time in which Christ comes with His saints, who are already in heaven, not for His saints as John 14:1-3 requires. The prophet Zechariah and the Apostle Paul both affirm this truth.

Zechariah 14:5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

1Thessalonians 3:13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.


Though I consider the passages presented in this series of blogs to be the main passages specifically referencing the rapture, there are a couple of other sections in scripture that I think provide strong support for this teaching. Consider the following scriptures regarding the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Genesis 18:23-26 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.

Genesis 19:15-16 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

2Peter 2:7-9 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

There are several important observations to be made from these passages.

• Abraham expected God not to punish the righteous with the unrighteous. God did not reprimand him for or refute the truth of that expectation.

• God physically removed the righteous from the place of judgment.

• Punishment is reserved for the unjust.

• If Lot is a type (a picture) of the church, then Luke 17:29 would indicate that the 70th week starts immediately after the rapture.

Luke 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

If 7 weeks = 7 years, then a day would equal a part of that year. We might conclude, then, that the rapture and covenant with antichrist would happen in the same year. With the church gone, it would be the time for God to again deal with the Jews. God won’t leave the world without a witness, i.e., the two prophets and the 144,000 Jews.

There is one other verse I would like you to consider.

Genesis 19:29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.

I think you could say that Abraham is a type of Christ in this situation. Just as God remembered Abraham and delivered his brethren, so too will He remember Christ and deliver His brethren (we believers) from coming judgment.

Romans 8:14-17 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God….The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

I hope that you are part of the family and praying with me… Revelation 22:20 ….Even so, come, Lord Jesus.