Does the Bible Say That Russia & Iran Will Invade the Land of Israel?

August 15, 2018


Pro-gay church to build brewery, donate to Planned Parenthood

August 14, 2018

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/08/12/pro-gay-church-plans-to-build-worship-spacebrewery-donate-profits-to-planned-parenthood.html

A building in Santa Cruz, Calif., is being converted into a worship space and public brewery by a pro-gay church that plans to donate some of its beer proceeds to Planned Parenthood, according to reports.


United Methodist Church of Minnesota Removes ‘Father’ From Apostles’ Creed

August 13, 2018

The UMC of Minnesota has removed the word ‘Father’ from the historic Apostle’s Creed for worship services, sparking outrage from the broader Christian community. The removal is because UMC Minnesota wants to be more tolerant towards transgenderism.

https://christianjournal.net/church/united-methodist-church-of-minnesota-removes-father-from-apostles-creed/?utm_source=FBShare


Are You Ready?

August 11, 2018

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The Bible tells us that even some of those who believe won’t be ready at His Return. Perhaps the most known example:

Math 25:
1 Then shall the kingdom of Heaven be likened to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 The foolish ones took their lamps, but took no oil with them.
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes! Go out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said to the wise, Give us some of your oil, for our lamps have gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, No , lest there be not enough for us and you. But rather go to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came. And they who were ready went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut.
11 Afterwards the other virgins came also, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Truly I say to you, I do not know you.
13 Therefore watch, for you do not know either the day or the hour in which the Son of man comes.

I go into great detail about this oil here:

Oil & the Holy Spirit

I will get straight to the conclusion of that page here:

When you are saved, you are sealed with the Holy Spirit, but it is just the earnest thereof, but when you are born again, you have the Holy Spirit which can then teach and lead you.

So yes, you must be born again. And yes, I am stating being saved, just believing in Jesus, is different than being born again. And I also go into more detail about that here:

Believing vs. Being Born Again

On that page I discuss in a few different ways the differences. But, once again, I will quickly get to the point here.

The key center point of our access to God is what Jesus did on the cross. Many believe He died for their sins and are saved. But the Cross did more than that. We died on the cross as well!

Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ, and I live; yet no longer I, but Christ lives in me. And that life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith toward the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself on my behalf.

To be Born Again, you must accept this truth. You died with Jesus, and you now accept Him in your life. Doing this makes you a new creation!

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Okay, so you may agree, but believe you have lots of time. First of all anyone can die at any time, even if you don’t believe in the imminent return of Christ. And you want to secure your place in the Kingdom. While salvation may grant everyone heaven and eternal life, it won’t grant them access to God’s Kingdom.

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Those who are not born again, but saved, will have a much harsher judgment on them and discuss this more here:

Outer Darkness Part 2

But there are numerous signs that His return is imminent. Most believe the greatest of these started with the rebirth of the nation of Israel in 1948. This is the 1st time in history a nation was gone from the Earth for nearly 2000 years and came back! But Jesus spoke of this sign here:

Matt 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree. When its branch is still tender and puts out leaves, you know that summer is near.
33 So you, likewise, when you see all these things, shall know that it is near, at the doors.
34 Truly I say to you, This generation shall not pass until all these things are fulfilled.

That generation will not die off until all the signs of the end times, which Jesus speaks of in this chapter, have come. And that generation is the one that sees the fig tree produce leaves. Israel is that fig tree and is their national symbol.

Hos 9:10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness. I saw your fathers as the first-fruit in the fig tree at her first time…

Israel’s reemergence is foretold in scripture more directly:

Hosea 3:4-5 “For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or idol. Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days.”

In fact, one of the biggest things look at concerning the end times is the Ezekiel 38 war, where it says after Israel has returned to the land they will be attacked.

But there are many other signs that we are fast approaching the end times, and Jesus calls this time, “the Beginning of Sorrows”.

Matt 24:8 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

We are in the Beginning of Sorrows, those days right before what is called the Tribulation, that time when the anti-christ will rule the world, but after the rapture of those ready.

What are the signs of the Beginning of Sorrows?

Matthew 24
6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled, for all these things must occur; but the end is not yet.
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in different places.

We are hearing lots of rumors of wars. The US vs North Korea. Israel vs Iran and others. There are many famines in the world, lots of drought. We have the big California drought.

https://www.seametrics.com/blog/california-drought-facts/

More than 44% of California is in “exceptional” drought — the worst level of drought.

Some parts of the Sierra Mountains that typically have 66 inches of snow pack are barren.

In the original Greek, the word “nation,”  is the word “ethnos” from which we get the English word “ethnic”. We have had ethnic cleansing in the world, and now their are ethnic factions and bitterness happening even in the USA. We are in the days of Ethnic disputes.

How about earthquakes?

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Not only are earthquakes on the rise, but other natural disasters too. We continually have been breaking new records on such things, high ttemperatures, hurricanes, and so on.

Just to think the tribulation will be worse! Revelation tells us that 1/4 the earth will be killed during the tribulation in just 1 sign! Jesus said if those days were not shortened no one will survive!

Do not put off being Born Again. Do it now before it’s too late. Accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord. Believe you died on the Cross and that Jesus in you makes you a new person. And then follow after Him, put off the old man, and sin.

Eph 4:22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,

Read the Bible, pray, seek after God. But let’s start with a prayer:

Dear Jesus,

I come to you, to offer my life, not only do I believe in You; in your crucifixion, and your resurrection; but I believe I died with you on the cross. My sin has been paid for, and I also have the resurrected life in me. I offer myself to you, to let You live through me. I will submit to your Holy Spirit to lead me into truth and away from sin. Lord, You are my Shepherd, and I will trust you to lead me to life eternal. Today, I not only call you Savior, but I make You Lord of my life.

In your Holy name I pray,
Amen

We can know He is coming soon!

1 Thess 5:
2 For you yourselves know accurately that the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety! Then sudden destruction comes on them, as travail upon a woman with child. And they shall not escape.
4 But you, brothers, are not in darkness, that the Day should overtake you like a thief.
5 You are all the sons of light and the sons of the day. We are not of the night, or of darkness.

So if you are of the day, then that Day will not surprise us.

Rev 3:3 Remember then how you have received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.

So is the opposite of Rev 3:3 true? That if you do watch, you will know the hour He comes?

Heb 10:
24 and let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works,
25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is , but exhorting one another , and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

So with those 3 scriptures we can see and know that Day coming.


Outer Darkness Part 2

August 9, 2018

A continuation from Outer Darkness Part 1 found here:

Outer Darkness

In this page we are going to take a closer look at those put into the Outer Darkness. Are these believers or are these the lost?

Luke 14: NKJV 
34 “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? 
35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” 

This scripture points to those being thrown out as salt. Who is the salt?

Let’s look at a similar text in Matthew:

Matt 5:13 You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its savor, with what shall it be salted? It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and to be trodden underfoot by men.
14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

I am going to jump ahead, but promise to come back and tie it to these verses. Notice this scripture in Rev 19:

11 And I saw Heaven opened. And behold, a white horse! And He sitting on him was called Faithful and True…
13 And He had been clothed in a garment dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
15 And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, so that with it He should strike the nations. And He will shepherd them with a rod of iron. And He treads the winepress of the wine of the anger and of the wrath of Almighty God.

Notice that the Lord’s clothes had been dipped in blood, past tense, already done, referring to verse 15 where He treads the winepress of the wine of the anger of the wrath of God. Many believe that when Jesus does this, it will be the judgment He performs after His return, but no, His clothes are already soaked in blood before He comes down! This means He has already performed that judgment. This does not discount the possibility of a similar judgment to occur afterwards, but it cannot be denied it already happened. And when and where did this happen?

Rev 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the anger of God.
20 And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even to the bridles of the horses, for the space of a thousand, six hundred stadia.

The Church must be judged before the world.

1 Pet 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

This winepress of God’s anger is not the full measure:

Rev 14:9 And a third angel followed them, saying with a great voice, If anyone worships the beast and its image, and receives a mark in his forehead or in his hand,
10 he also will drink of the wine of the anger of God, having been mixed undiluted in the cup of His wrath…

Lets go back to the salt. In Matt 5 we see that the salt that lost its flavor will be trampled, and we see Jesus coming from heaven already having stained His robes with blood by trampling. The salt is referring to believers as it says in Matt 5:14 they are the light of the world.

This tramping is not going to be pretty, and this is why the nations will need healing from the Tree of Life:

Rev 22: NKJV 
2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life… The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 
14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 
15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie

There is a doctrinal theory that those outside the city are those who survive until the end. Are we going to believe that these outside the city who are immoral, murderers, and idolaters, are those who survived the Tribulation, lived through 1000 year reign of Christ and allowed to populate the new Earth and continue to have fleshly bodies and have babies? Would God allow such murderers and live among them?

1 Cor 15: MKJV
50 And I say this, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption inherit incorruption.

There is no room in the New Earth for flesh and blood. But these murderers are Christians who have lost or never gained their wedding clothes as I discuss here:

The Absence of the Wedding Garment

Yes their sins have been atoned for, but they did not wash away their sins, and they did not deny themselves.

Mark 9: MKJV
49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

1 Cor 3: MKJV
15 If anyone’s work shall be burned up, he shall suffer loss. But he shall be saved, yet so as by fire.

Math 16:25: For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
26: For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Where does the phrase “Outer Darkness” come from? It is mentioned 3 times in the Bible: Math 8:12, Math 22:13, Math 25:30. I post 2 of these parables in their entirety in Part 1 linked above. I will highlight just relevant verses here:

 Matt 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14 For many are called, but few are chosen. 

This person is a guest and called a friend. This is no enemy of the king.

Math 25:14 ¶ For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The word slothful in verse 26 is quite interesting, it means:

hesitate and hence be tardy; reluctant, “dragging one’s feet”, refers to a reluctant attitude, unwilling to act (participate) – i.e. slothful (lazy), unambitious, disinterested,  refers to “shrinking backward, because unready.

The text describes this person as a servant, and that is a bond-servant, but this one is not diligently pursuing God, is not continuing his salvation. They are not interested in the things of God, and thus not ready! They are interested in the things of this world.

Again this is not an enemy but a Christian with no saltiness.

And here is the short example I did not quote at all in Part 1:

Matt 8:11 And I say to you that many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of Heaven.
12 But the sons of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

So here we have it, the sons of the Kingdom will be thrown into the Outer Darkness! That is as clear as you can get.


The Absence of the Wedding Garment

August 7, 2018

This is very much related to the discussion of what people refer to as “Once Saved Always Saved” or known as OSAS of which I discuss here:

The Unforgivable Sin and Concerning OSAS

In short I take a different approach to this subject, as most people are on the extreme ends of the debate. Some say its easy to lose salvation and others that salvation can’t be lost at all. I believe salvation can be lost but is extremely difficult, and I discuss this in depth more at the link above.

But this teaching I am about to share here, supplements that teaching as it will describe how many lose or never obtain their wedding garment. This is not a loss of salvation but a loss of a place within the Lord’s Kingdom, or more specifically entrance into New Jerusalem.

Lets get into the heart of the matter with the parable where we see the wedding garment discussed:

Math 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Here we see someone who did not have their wedding garment. I think it’s a serious stretch to assume this is someone meant for hell, but rather someone else. Remember Jesus spoke about such people here as well:

Math 7:
21: Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22: Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works?
23: And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity. 

Here we see people who call Jesus Lord and even do works for Him, yet Jesus did not know them.

At what point can a child not know his father? When they are still in the womb. An infant in the womb is still a child of the father, but cannot have a relationship with the father, for they are not born yet.

So saying I believe salvation is separate from being born again, just as conception is separate from birth. To believe otherwise is to mock God and the pattern He gave us. But I discuss this angle in more depth here:

Believing vs. Being Born Again

Jesus actually discusses those things that keep someone from obtaining the wedding garment or from keeping it.

We can find how they got this way in Math 13. This is a lot of scripture so I won’t quote the parables, Math 13:3-8, 24-30. Only the interpretations.

Math 13:20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.

This represents many many saved believers. At some point in their life, they accepted the truth of Jesus as dying for their sins. It may have been as a child, in Sunday School, or older in church, or even at an evangelical crusade. But they never fed the truth or accepted any teachings to allow the seed to produce any fruit. These “believers” or “christians” are pretty much fruitless, the only thing separating them from the unbelievers is that they believed and a plant began to grow, but it died, before bearing any fruit. But they retain the incorruptible seed of Christ. These are baby christians, or those who are yet to be Born Again.

I was such a believer once. Somewhere about the age of 8 years old, I believed in the work of Jesus. I went to a Lutheran church which taught me a lot of the Bible, but I was given no teachings that helped my faith grow. Or I failed to see them. Eventually, my faith became bankrupt as a teenager. You can read my story here:

My Personal Testimony

This kind of believer is full of carnality. I had scripture, and so many of these may have scripture too, but it will be taken from them, including any false doctrines, which killed their faith, many of which may be teachings from Jezebel. But these folk probably have a lack of teaching which encourages sin, rather than bad teaching that allows sin.

I believe a major portion of the saved nations are these type of “christians”. But Jesus will save them:

John 6: MKJV
39 And this is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all which He has given Me I should lose nothing but should raise it up again at the last day.
40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes on Him should have everlasting life. And I will raise him up at the last day.

Back to Math 13:

22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.

This group is very similar to the last group discussed. But these perhaps are worse, because they have heard the Word, but allowed their faith to fall through sin. It is often these kinds of christians that make up many liberal churches or are the “backsliders” from conservative, charismatic, or evangelical churches. They feed on their lusts and sin, and defend themselves with teachings from Balaam, the Nicolaitans, or Jezebel.

Rev 2: MKJV
14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the teachings of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling-block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit fornication.
15 So you also have those who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
20 But I have a few things against you because you allow that woman Jezebel to teach, she saying herself to be a prophetess, and to cause My servants to go astray, and to commit fornication, and to eat idol-sacrifices.

2 Tim 4: MKJV
3 For a time will be when they will not endure sound doctrine, but they will heap up teachers to themselves according to their own lusts, tickling the ear.
4 And they will turn away their ears from the truth and will be turned to myths.

It is very difficult to reach these folk, because they have closed their ears and hardened their hearts. The best thing I can say to them is to ask: are you prepared for the Lord’s coming? If they don’t repent of Jezebel, they will be left behind:

Rev 2:22: Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

I discuss both of the above type of unprepared christians in more detail here:

The 2 & a Half Tribes that didn’t Cross Over

I use the Old Testament example of these Tribes of Israel who did not cross Jordan, as likened to with my natural example have not broken the birth water.

Back to Math 13:

23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

These christians are fruit bearers. Some do not produce 100% fruit of the spirit. Many only produce 30 or 60 fold. The 30 and 60, as well as the 100 fold believers are not the saved nations outside New Jerusalem, but are those in the city.

I would say a vast majority of those without a wedding garment, are those in these 2 categories, who had never obtained one in the 1st place. But there are ways for those who have been born again, who have lost it. And Paul discusses them here:

Gal 4:
19: My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
20: I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.
21: Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?

Paul was in doubt of them being born again, and wanted to travail again, to have them born again.

I think perhaps the greatest and clearest example of this truth was shared by Jesus here:

Luke 14: NKJV
34 “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?
35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”  

They are not fit for the land which is the Kingdom, nor are they fit for the dunghill which is Hell or the Lake of Fire, so they are cast out. Out where?

Some people claim my interpretation is incorrect, but none other has been given!

I got more understanding from Spiro Zodhiates, a Greek scholar. In the Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible, he speaks on this issue. He discusses the Outer Darkness where the man who did not have wedding clothes was thrown. The term is actually used in 3 places.

The expression “outer darkness” in Matthew 25:30 occurs at the end of the parable of the talents which emphasizes the necessity of serving Christ faithfully. However, the “outer darkness” of Matthew 25:30 may not refer to Ge’ena… Others say that this parable does not refer to all to be unbelievers or hypocrites but to the believers who neglect to exercise their God-given talents. The Lord calls such a servent (wicked …4190) (Matt. 25:26) and (cursed 2672) (Matt. 25:41) despite the fact that he is one of the Lord’s servants. This is similiar to the instance where the Lord called Peter “Satan” (Matthew 16:23). Hence, these terms may also be applied to believers who have failed the Lord in their service. The words of Paul in I Corinthians 3:10-15 are in full support of the fact that the works of faith as servants will be tried by fire. Therefore, in this instance, the “outer darkness” may be a reference to a place of position of far less rewards for the servants who proved themselves less diligent than those who used who used and exercised their talents to the fullest. The expression would then refer to degrees of the enjoyment in heaven rather than referring to hell. This teaching of varied rewards is part and parcel of the inherent doctrine of the NT that neither heaven nor hell are experienced equally by all because this would anull the justice of God. Entrance into heaven in gained by accepting Christ’s sacrifice for justification but a person’s rewards in heaven will be determined by what he did for Christ on earth (Matt 5:3-12, 7:21-23, 10:15, Luke 6:20-26, 12:47-48, Acts 10:4, 31, Romans 2:1-16, 14:10-23, I Cor 3:13, 4:5, II Cor 5:10, I John 4:17, Revelation 20:11-15). The Christian’s faithfulness to his tasks and responsibilities in the world is considered of such paramount importance that the same metaphor, the “outer darkness,” that was used by the Lord to indicate the punishment of the unbeliever for his rejection of God’s salvation is used of the believer who does not live in obedience to the light he has received. In the case of the non-believer, it will be punishment of fire and burning (Matt. 13:30; John 15:6). In the case of the believer, it will be weeping or expressing sorrow over not having used the opportunities God provided… he will nonetheless suffer a loss of reward. The phrase “gnashing of teeth” indicates anger at oneself for ignoring the marvelous opportunities that he had on earth. The same emotional attitude will be expressed by the unbeliever, but in his case, he will be weeping about the lost opportunity and genuine and true repentance followed by works of repentance. “Gnashing of teeth,” in the case of the unbeliever, refers to being angry at oneself because he did not decide to go through the narrow gate and live in the straight way when he had the opportunity.

Jesus gives us even some more information about all of this in Rev 3:

14  And to the angel of the church of the Laodicea… (these are Christians in the church!)
15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I would that you were cold or hot.
16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. (3 groups: hot, cold, and luke warm = kingdom sons, saved, unsaved)
17 Because you say, I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing, and do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, (no garment)
18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold purified by fire, so that you may be rich; and white clothing, so that you may be clothed, and so that the shame of your nakedness does not appear… (white wedding garments!)
20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him and he with Me. (be Born Again and have  a relationship with Christ)
21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame and have sat down with My Father in His throne. (access to the kingdom!)

We have seen numerous times the 3 groupings of people, it is not a fluke, it is a truth!

Some would say, either you are saved or you are not. Some would say there is no such thing as a carnal christian. Let’s what see what Paul said:

1 Cor 3: MKJV
1 ¶ And I, brothers, could not speak to you as to spiritual ones, but as to fleshly, as to babes in Christ.
2 I have fed you with milk and not with solid food, for you were not yet able to bear it ; nor are you able even now.
3 For you are yet carnal. For in that there is among you envyings and strife and divisions, are you not carnal, and do you not walk according to men?
4 For while one says, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are you not carnal?

We know that they were christians because he said in verse 1: “babes in Christ”. Carnal, is fleshly, opposite of spiritual. Being ruled by the body or mind rather than by the Spirit. So that scripture shows the difference between spiritual christians, carnal christians, and baby christians.


Another Partial Rapture Scripture

August 6, 2018

Matt 24:46 Blessed is that servant whom his Lord shall find him doing so when He comes.
47 Truly I say to you that He shall make him ruler over all His goods.
48 But if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My Lord delays His coming,
49 and shall begin to strike his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken,
50 the Lord of that servant shall come in a day when he does not look for Him , and in an hour which he does not know.
51 And He shall cut him apart and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

What is the portion appointed to the hypocrites at the time of the rapture? To go through the Tribulation. Here Jesus speaks of his evil servants not being prepared.

3 distinct groups here:

  1. Blessed servants
  2. Evil servants
  3. Hypocrites

Therefore the evil servants are not the same as the hypocrites but gain the same punishment; tribulation.