4 horses of the Apocalypse
Armageddon Angels UFOs
by B. Fox
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Degrees of punishment: Degrees of reward
DEGREES OF PUNISHMENT
Luk 12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
Luk 12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
Rom 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
Rom 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
Rom 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
Rom 2:15 Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
These verses express punishment according to light received. This servant who knew his master’s will and did not do it was to be punished severely. (40 stripes) (Dake notes)
An ignorant man will receive less punishment, like a man who having never heard will go to hell but receive lesser punishment especially If they have compassion on others etc. When someone asks the question (as many do) “What about the people in Africa or other places where they have never heard the Word. What kind of God will send them to Hell? This should answer that question. Also I believe these are the people who will be the great majority to live on into the Millennium where they will hear the Word directly from Jesus Himself. God wants people saved. He is not seeking to destroy everyone. He is the only one who can see what is in a person’s heart.
DEGREES OF REWARD
1Co 3:8 He who plants and he who waters are equal, and each shall receive his wages according to his labor.
1Co 3:10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it.
1Co 3:11 For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1Co 3:12 Now if any one builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw--
1Co 3:13 each man's work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.
1Co 3:14 If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.
1Co 3:15 If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
Judgment of believers works
Works are compared to these materials…some become more pure in the fire and others are completely burned up by fire. Fire will try every man’s works. If his are gold, silver and precious stones they will abide the fire and he will receive a reward for his works. It they are wood, hay and stubble his works will be burned up, yet he himself will be saved from loss of his soul.
Time Between the rapture and the second advent. (Luke 14:14)
Place: In heaven (1 Cor. (:24-27; Rom. 14:10; 2Cor. 5:10)
Basic works both good and bad result in reward or loss of reward but never the loss of one’s soul for any wrong –doings properly confessed and forgiven. This judgment deals with the believers as a servant. Believers will be judged concerning:
A man will suffer loss if his works are burned or not suffer loss if they are not burned. He himself will be saved if he is in Christ regardless of what happens to his works.
This is what will happen to the believers in heaven after the rapture during the seven years of tribulation on the earth. The first 31/2 years will be the judgment of works and the second 31/2 years will be the marriage supper of the lamb.
Rev 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Rev 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
Mat 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Mar 9:41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
Luk 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.
Luk 6:23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
Luk 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
1Co 9:17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
1Co 9:18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.
Heb 2:2 For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward;
Heb 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
Heb 10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.
There is no way to know what jobs we will have when we come back to Earth to rule and reign with HIM. Perhaps it will be the kind of work we always wanted to do. One thing I am sure of. We will not be sitting on clouds playing harps.
What is the Rapture?
The actual word Rapture does not appear in Scripture. It literally means, “catching away.” The rapture of the church is also called “the coming of the Lord” but never the second coming of Christ.
At the rapture Christ does not appear visibly to those on Earth but He comes in the air above the Earth to catch up or rapture the dead and living saints who rise together to meet the Lord in the air. There are many different ideas about these two comings of Christ, which have made it difficult to distinguish one coming from the other. There are so many Scriptures that have been misapplied to the rapture and the second coming that one might readily see why there is confusion.
The rapture is purely a New Testament doctrine and was first revealed to Paul as a special revelation (1 Cor. 15:51-58), while the second coming of Christ is not only a New Testament doctrine, but is one of the chief themes of the Old Testament. The Old Testament prophets never saw the New Testament Church, much less the rapture of the church.
There is not one passage in the Bible that refers to both events as if they were one. They are two distinct comings separated by several years and not two phases or stages of one coming. The rapture takes place several years before the literal advent of Christ to the Earth, for his born again raptured believers will be coming back with Him.
The Fact and Manner of the Rapture
The fact and manner of the rapture are clearly revealed in the following Scriptures: “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye many be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:34-36), “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” (John 14:1-3), “But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming…Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,….in a moment, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed….For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality….So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory…O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
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: 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” (1Thess. 4:13-17), “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him….
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” (2 Thess. 2:1, 7, 8). See the other passages on the rapture (2 Cor. 5:1-8; Phil. 3:11; 1 Thess. 2:19; 3:13; 5:9, 23: Col. 3:4; James 5:7, 8; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; 1 Pet. 5:4).
Note: We (the body of Christ who carry the Holy Spirit within us) are the HE or hinderer of lawlessness in 2 Thess. 2:1-8. The body of Christ is referred to as “he.” Christ is a he. Anti-Christ will not be revealed until we, the body of Christ, are gone.
The rapture will include Old Testament saints and the church saints who are saved in the scope of redemption from Adam until the rapture. This does not mean to say that the scope of redemption ends with the rapture for it is eternal.
The “trump of God” (1 Thess. 4:16) is not the same as the seventh trumpet of Rev. 11:15; 13:18. One occurs at the rapture of the church and the Old Testament saints. (1 Thess. 4:16), while the other is at the rapture of the manchild (Rev. 11:15- 12:5); One is the trumpet of God and the other the trumpet of the 7th angel. One is blessing….one is woe! One is to herald one single event which takes place “in the twinkling of an eye” and the other is to herald many events which are days in duration.
The Purpose of the Rapture
The purpose of the rapture is to resurrect the just from the dead and take all the saints out of the world BEFORE the tribulation comes, in order that they may have fulfilled in them the purpose for which God has saved them. Jesus told the disciples that some would escape the terrible things that were to transpire on the Earth in the last days. He said, “Pray that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things (of Matt. 24, 25; Luke 21:1-19, 25-28) that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:34-36).
This rapture before the beginning of the Week is the first of a series of raptures that will take place during the first resurrection. Besides this rapture there will be the rapture of the manchild in the middle of the Week (Rev.7:1-3; 12:5; 14:1-5), the rapture of the great multitude of the tribulation saints (Rev. 6:9-11; 7:9-17; 15:2-4; 20:4-6), the rapture of the two witnesses at the end of the Week (&years) [Rev. 11:3-13]. The teaching of more than one rapture is not only required and stated in these passages but necessary to make clear what Paul meant when he said, “every man in his own order” (1 Cor. 15:20-23). In order for every man to raptured “in his own order” or company there must be different companies of redeemed people saved and raptured at different periods. This is proved by the following facts
1. The Old Testament Saints. John the Baptist completed this company. (Matt. 11:1012: Luke 16:16; John 3:29). In these passages both Jesus and John recognized it as being separate from the church saints.
2. The Church saints. Such passages as Matt. 16:18; 1 Cor. 12:27, 28; Eph. 1:20-23 2:14-22; 4:12-16, 5:21-32, Col. 1:18, 24 prove that the church of the New Testament did not begin before Christ’s ministry on Earth, for He is the head and founder of it.
3. The 144,000 Jews are identified as a separate company from any others in Rev. 7:1-8; 9:4; 14:1-5. (See also Isa. 66:7-8; Dan 12:1.)
4. The great multitude of tribulation saints are proved to be a company distinct from the above three in Rev. 6:9-11; 7:9-17; 14:13; 15:2-4; 20:4-6.
Qualification for Partaker in the Rapture
Why should some be protected while others have to go through the tribulation and be martyred? This is easily answered when we consider that at the rapture every one in Christ is taken up and there are no real Christians left at that moment. Those who are martyred in the tribulation are those who have refused to walk in the light and live “in Christ” and are not ready to go at the time of the rapture, else they would go as well as all others in Christ. They are saved after the rapture having realized by then their mistake of not heeding the many warnings to be ready at any time. They will become determined to be faithful even unto death, which will be their only prospect of having a part in the first resurrection. Those who are not martyred but are taken through the tribulation and are on Earth at the second coming of Christ will be permitted to enter the Millennium as an earthly people, and they will be a part of the subjects of Christ’s kingdom over whom the raptured saints will reign forever.
Much of the above information can be found in Finis Jennings Dake’s book GOD’S PLAN FOR MAN.
My opinion is that we are running out of time and the catching away could happen any moment. If we have any more than ten years left before the rapture I will be surprised. I have always thought it would occur during a Jewish holy day. know.
Revelation 4:1 shows the raptured church in heaven….before the tribulation starts.
UFOs to the Rescue?
Are UFOs hovering over your house? Do you believe they are there to come rescue you out of all this mess? That's what many would have you believe. UFOs will take out the favored few to save them for a golden age of technological bounty blah...blah...blah. If you believe that, would you be interested in buying the Brooklyn Bridge? Or what about some prime real estate at # 1 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington D.C. or perhaps some ocean front property in Arizona?
I have seen full page ads in magazines advertising space on a star ship (or UFO) to remove you from this world at the "elected time."
Rescue is available, but only with the God who is King of the Universe. Why settle for less when you can have the best?
"I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day" (2 Timothy 1:12).
NEW AGE ALSO BELIEVES IN THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE
"The people who leave
the planet during the time of Earth changes do not fit in here
Here is the Rapture according to the Bible,
ell, who goes by her spiritual name, "Tuella,"
wrote a book called Project World Evacuation (1), these are some quotes from that
book. They are messages channeled from a being who calls himself Ashtar, the
leader of an alien confederation,
"...We watch diligently, the threat of a polar shift for the planet in your generation. Such a development would create a planetary situation through which none could survive. This would necessitate an evacuation such as I have referred to."
"...Earth changes will be the primary factor in mass evacuation of this planet."
"There is method and great organization in a detailed plan already near completion for the purpose of removing souls from this planet, in the event of catastrophic events making a rescue necessary..."
"The Great Evacuation will come upon the world very suddenly. The flash of emergency events will be as a lightning that flashes in the sky. So suddenly and so quick in its happening that it is over almost before you are aware of its presence..."
"Phase I of the Great Exodus of souls
from the planet will take place at a moment's notice when it is determined that
the inhabitants are in danger."
"Do not be concerned nor unduly upset if you do not participate in this first temporary lift-up of souls who serve with us. This merely means that your action in the plan is elsewhere, and you will be taken for your instructions or will receive them in some other manner. Do not take any personal affront if you are not alerted or are not a participant in this first phase of our plan. Your time will come later, and these instructions are not necessary for you at this time..."
Prayer for Salvation: Jesus Christ is the Son of God. If we have invited Jesus to come and live within us and be the Lord of our lives then our inheritance in the future kingdom is assured.
God's word says in John 14:6, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
In order to invite Jesus to be your Savior and Lord, you must believe in you heart that He is the Son of God, believe that He died upon the cross of Calvary as an atonement for your wrong doings, and believe that He arose from death and the grave. We must confess and repent of our sins and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. If you have never done this then stop right now and pray this prayer.
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus repenting and asking forgiveness of all my sins. Your Word says, "whosoever shall call on the Name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life according to Romans 10:9-10. "If thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised Him from the dead thou shalt be saved" I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead. I am a Christian ..a child of Almighty God! I am saved!
You are now an heir to the Kingdom of God! Your future is assured. I want to encourage you to find a church in your local area to attend. Tell someone that you have just received Jesus as your Lord. Than start digging into God's Word.
"I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day" (2 Timothy 1:12