Friday, June 29, 2012

Grieve and Lament for the Church

If you have been following my posts on this blog, such as Something's Happening in 2012 and Trumpets heard Around the World, I realize you may be wondering about two things.  First of all, where is this all found in Scripture?  And secondly, what should we do about it?  Let me address these questions one at a time.

Scriptural Basis of Current Events
Regarding the Scriptural question, I already touched on this in part in Something's Happening in 2012. I stated: "If you'd like to read about the events that are occurring, you can check out the gospel of Matthew chapter 24, the gospel of Luke chapter 21, the gospel of Mark chapter 13, and Joel 2." 

Now let's go into a little more detail with you on those.

Wars, famines, earthquakes, terrors, and great signs from heaven
Jesus said, "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes." (Mat 24:7)

Then He continued by saying to them, "Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven." (Luk 21:10-11)

"For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will also be famines. These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. (Mar 13:8)

The mountains melt like wax
"The mountains will melt under Him And the valleys will be split, Like wax before the fire, Like water poured down a steep place. All this is for the rebellion of Jacob And for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the rebellion of Jacob? Is it not Samaria? What is the high place of Judah? Is it not Jerusalem?" (Mic 1:4-5)

When I see the volcanoes erupting in these videos from 2012, I see mountain rock melting like wax.  All this is because the earth must rid itself of the rebellion and idolatry that are in it (Isa 24:19-20).

The deep waters tremble, lightning flashes, the skies give forth a thunderous sound, and the earth shakes
The waters saw You, O God; The waters saw You, they were in anguish; The deeps also trembled. The clouds poured out water; The skies gave forth a sound; Your arrows flashed here and there. The sound of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; The lightnings lit up the world; The earth trembled and shook.
(Psa 77:16-18)

The earth quakes and the heavens tremble
The Lord spoke through the prophet Joel saying, "Before them the earth quakes, The heavens tremble, The sun and the moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness. The LORD utters His voice before His army; Surely His camp is very great, For strong is he who carries out His word. The day of the LORD is indeed great and very awesome, And who can endure it?" (Joe 2:10-11).  The earth is quaking and the heavens are trembling.  The Lord utters His voice.

Wonders in the sky and on the earth, blood, fire and columns of smoke
"I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, Blood, fire and columns of smoke. "The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood Before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes."
(Joe 2:30-31)

The Day of the Lord is Coming -- a day of clouds and thick darkness
The Lord spoke through the prophet Joel saying, "Blow a trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, For the day of the LORD is coming; Surely it is near, A day of darkness and gloom, A day of clouds and thick darkness. As the dawn is spread over the mountains, So there is a great and mighty people; There has never been anything like it, Nor will there be again after it To the years of many generations." (Joe 2:1-2)

What Should We Do About All This?
Now to address the second question I opened with at the beginning of this article: What should we do about all this? Let's continue reading from Joel 2.

Blow a Trumpet and Sound an Alarm
As I just mentioned, the Lord spoke through the prophet Joel saying, "Blow a trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, For the day of the LORD is coming; Surely it is near," (Joe 2:1)

This means that we need to warn the others.  We need to blow a shofar in Zion and sound the alarm, in order to wake them up to what's happening.  The expressions "in Zion" and "on My holy mountain" indicate that the Lord wants us first and foremost to warn His people. These blogs are one way to do that.  Another way is through preaching and testifying to others.

Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly, gather the people, seek holiness, lament, wail, and cry out to the Lord
The Lord says, "Gird yourselves with sackcloth And lament, O priests; Wail, O ministers of the altar! Come, spend the night in sackcloth O ministers of my God, For the grain offering and the drink offering Are withheld from the house of your God. Consecrate a fast, Proclaim a solemn assembly; Gather the elders And all the inhabitants of the land To the house of the LORD your God, And cry out to the LORD." (Joe 1:13-14)

He says the priests and ministers of God need to lament, wail, fast, proclaim a solemn assembly of the people and cry out to the Lord.  These are words we don't hear any more.  Lament means to grieve audibly.  We do this when we deeply regret our sin and the condition of the Church.  People lament when someone dies.  It involves wailing, which is grieving loudly, make a prolonged, high-pitched sound like a cry.  When was the last time you heard that at a Church meeting? This is called a solemn assembly.  Crying out to the Lord is exactly what it says.  It's to make a clamor in his ears from a broken and contrite heart.  Many Christians know how to make a clamor when angry about something, raising their voice and yelling about it.  But when was the last time we made a clamor over our sin, the condition of the Church, and the fact that it's not ready for the soon-coming day of the Lord?

"Blow a trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly, Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and the nursing infants. Let the bridegroom come out of his room And the bride out of her bridal chamber. Let the priests, the LORD'S ministers, Weep between the porch and the altar, And let them say, 'Spare Your people, O LORD, And do not make Your inheritance a reproach, A byword among the nations. Why should they among the peoples say, 'Where is their God?' " (Joe 2:15-17)

This says we need to call a fast, assemble together solemnly and seek holiness as a congregation. The elders, as well as children and infants must all be included.  Even those who are preparing for marriage or just married.  The pastors and priests must weep and ask the Lord to spare His people.

This is not something limited to the old Testament.  James said, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom."(Jam 4:8-9)

Woe to those who are at ease in Zion and do not grieve over the ruin of the Joseph
"Woe to those who are at ease in Zion And to those who feel secure in the mountain of Samaria, The distinguished men of the foremost of nations, To whom the house of Israel comes." (Amo 6:1)

So many Christians today are at ease during this most serious hour in the history of the world.  They feel secure and are overconfident that they are ready for the Lord's return.
 
"Those who recline on beds of ivory And sprawl on their couches, And eat lambs from the flock And calves from the midst of the stall, Who improvise to the sound of the harp, And like David have composed songs for themselves, Who drink wine from sacrificial bowls While they anoint themselves with the finest of oils, Yet they have not grieved over the ruin of Joseph. Therefore, they will now go into exile at the head of the exiles, And the sprawlers' banqueting will pass away." (Amo 6:4-7)

The Lord GOD has sworn by Himself, the LORD God of hosts has declared: "I loathe the arrogance of Jacob, And detest his citadels; Therefore I will deliver up the city and all it contains." (Amo 6:8)

The Lord's people are reclining in luxury, eating choice foods, listening to music while drinking wine, and applying skin care products to keep their skin moist, when we should be grieving over the present condition of the Church and the ruin about to happen. There is still so much arrogance in the Church, but it should have no place among God's people.  It's time to grieve over the ruin of Joseph!

Grieve and lament over the detestable things done in the Church
During the days of the prophet Ezekiel, when the Lord was about to bring judgment upon Jerusalem, he showed the prophet the detestable things that were being done in the temple -- even by the elders. The showed Ezekiel that he had a team of guardian angels that had been in charge of guarding the city. And he instructed them to take swords and slaughter the people, pitying nobody.  But before they did, the Lord sent another angel ahead of them with a writing kit to mark the people who sighed and groaned over all the abominations being committed in the midst of Jerusalem.  This angel knew which people were signing and groaning over sin in their lives and in their midst.

The LORD said to [the angel with the writing kit], "Go through the midst of the city, even through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations which are being committed in its midst." But to the others He said in my hearing, "Go through the city after him and strike; do not let your eye have pity and do not spare. "Utterly slay old men, young men, maidens, little children, and women, but do not touch any man on whom is the mark; and you shall start from My sanctuary." So they started with the elders who were before the temple. (Eze 9:4-6)

Amazingly the Lord had these angels begin their slaughter at His holy sanctuary.  It's the same today.  Judgment must first begin with the house of God (1 Pe 4:17), and it begins with those in oversight -- pastors, and elders. 

As Micah said, "Because of this I must lament and wail, I must go barefoot and naked; I must make a lament like the jackals And a mourning like the ostriches." (Mic 1:8)

Cry Aloud, Seek the Lord, and Stretch Out Your Hands to Him at Night
For the choir director; according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph. My voice rises to God, and I will cry aloud; My voice rises to God, and He will hear me. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; In the night my hand was stretched out without weariness; My soul refused to be comforted. When I remember God, then I am disturbed; When I sigh, then my spirit grows faint. Selah. (Psa 77:1-3)

Fear of the Lord, who weighs motives
"All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives." (Pro 16:2). It's normal for Christians to think that we are clean and do not need to worry about God's judgment.  But the Lord weighs the motives of our hearts.  That's why we need to fear Him.

"The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil. Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished. By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil." (Pro 16:4-6)

We rarely hear about the fear of the Lord any more.  But it's by the fear of the Lord that we keep away from evil.  Don't be proud in heart, thinking you are in good shape and don't need to concern yourself with this, or else you will be punished.  Humble yourself.  Fear the Lord! Repent of all pride and arrogance.

"There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death."  (Pro 16:25).  You could be on a path that leads to death and yet think your way is right!  This is how deceptive it can be.

We need to cry out for Him to reveal any hidden sin in our lives that we have stowed away and no longer see.  You need to go hunting for sin in your own life.

A rebellious nation, obstinate and stubborn
Here was the commission the Lord gave to Ezekiel. Then He said to me, "Son of man, I am sending you to the sons of Israel, to a rebellious people who have rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day. "I am sending you to them who are stubborn and obstinate children...' " (Eze 2:3-4)

The situation is the same today in the Church.  There is rebellion against the Lord.  His people have transgressed.  Many of us are still stubborn and obstinate! So just as Ezekiel had a hard time finding anyone to listen to what he was saying, there are few today who will tolerate this message.

Eat the scroll containing lament and mourning
The Lord warned Ezekiel, "Now you, son of man, listen to what I am speaking to you; do not be rebellious like that rebellious house. Open your mouth and eat what I am giving you." Then I looked, and behold, a hand was extended to me; and lo, a scroll was in it. When He spread it out before me, it was written on the front and back, and written on it were lamentations, mourning and woe." (Eze 2:8-10)

The Lord knew that Ezekiel might be tempted to refuse to accept this assignment and speak these words of lamentation, mourning, and woe.  It would have been rebellious for him to refuse this assignment, even though it was very difficult and he knew the people wouldn't listen.

"For you are not being sent to a people of unintelligible speech or difficult language, but to the house of Israel, nor to many peoples of unintelligible speech or difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. But I have sent you to them who should listen to you; yet the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, since they are not willing to listen to Me. Surely the whole house of Israel is stubborn and obstinate." (Eze 3:5-7)

The Lord explained to Ezekiel that His people would not be willing to listen to what He was saying through the prophet, because they were not willing to listen to the Lord.  Again, it's the same today. The Church is not willing to listen to those who sound the alarm and proclaim this message, because they are not willing to listen to the Lord. They are hardened and obstinate.

Whoever will listen, let him listen; Whoever will refuse let him refuse
The fact is that some will listen, so this message still needs to be proclaimed.  "But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you will say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.' He who hears, let him hear; and he who refuses, let him refuse; for they are a rebellious house." (Eze 3:27)

The watchman is not responsible for the people's response.  He is responsible to obey the Lord and sound the alarm.  Many will refuse to listen.  So be it.  Let them refuse.  If you don't like this message, you are free to refuse to listen to it and accept the consequences.  But let those with ears hear it!

Mourn for sin and separate from the world and false church
The Lord told Ezekiel that some survivors would escape this judgment.  He showed the prophet what kind of people they would be.

'Even when their survivors escape, they will be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, each over his own iniquity." (Eze 7:16)

These are the people who had ears to hear what the prophet was saying and separated themselves.  They went up to the mountains and mourned, each person for his own iniquity.  This doesn't mean we need to literally go to a mountain. But we need to come out from among them and be separate, so that we will not be partakers in the judgment.  We need to cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit.  We need to pursue holiness, righteousness, and the kingdom of God.  And we each need to mourn for our own sin.

Call upon the name of the Lord, Who is a refuge for His people
Let's not forget what the Lord said through Joel, "And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the LORD Will be delivered; For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem There will be those who escape, As the LORD has said, Even among the survivors whom the LORD calls." (Joe 2:32).  Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be delivered.  That's not lip service.  That's sincere repentance and seeking His face with all your heart.

"The LORD roars from Zion And utters His voice from Jerusalem, And the heavens and the earth tremble. But the LORD is a refuge for His people And a stronghold to the sons of Israel." (Joe 3:16)  While the Lord roars and utters His mighty voice, we need to remember that He is a refuge for His people.

Putting it All Together
As we've just seen, the Scriptures clearly tell us that these things in our current events would happen. The earth is groaning, ridding itself of all the idolatry and rebellion within it. And we need to do the same.

Are you ready?  Do you hear the sound of the trumpet? Please do not wait any longer or you could miss the rapture.   Repent now and give your life to Jesus Christ.  Look to Him, who alone can prepare you to enjoy the rapture, and join the worshipers in heaven.

If you know Him, but are not living 100% for Him, then repent and get right with Him now.  We need to fast, pray, wail, grieve, mourn, lament, groan, and cry out to the Lord for our own sin and the detestable condition of the Church.  It's high time we sought holiness and consecration. He is coming back right away, but only for the holy ones.

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

Author's note:  You may also want to read my other post called, "Very Few Will Hear the Trumpet".  Then check out "Are You Rapture Ready?" And "The End Has Come."  You may also visit our Signs of the Times Directory, and access my complete blog directory at Writing for the Master.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Unfolding End Time Events

As I have searched the Scriptures over the past twenty five years, one of the things that I have sought diligently to understand is the things to come. I have prayed and studied to be able to know what the sequence of the final events will be. This is the field of theology known as eschatology, or the study of the things to come.

I would like to share with you an outline of end time events by a dear brother, named Oden Hetrick, who went to be with the Lord about a decade ago.  Prior to that, he had been taken to heaven for visits over 80 times.  Here is his outline from the website of his daughter, Lois Hetrick, whom the Lord has also blessed with the awesome privileged of visiting heaven numerous times. I want you to especially note the four main points of his outline in the second paragraph below:

END TIME EVENTS
first printed in 1977
(This is the shortened version)

Christians in many lands are suffering tribulation, so what does the Church escape?  Christians of all ages have suffered tribulation -- some more, some less.  But many American Christians know very little about tribulation even though Jesus said, "In the world you will have tribulation." John 16:33.  It is from the GREAT tribulation that we are promised escape and deliverance -- a three and a half year time of wrath at the end of this age.  Revelation 13:5 says it is 'forty-two months.'  Daniel 12:7 says it is 'time, times, and half a time.'  Daniel's seventy weeks include the atonement for iniquity (Dan.9:24).  And Jesus did not fulfill the atonement until after the sixty-ninth week (Dan.9:26).  Jesus' three and a half year ministry fulfilled the first half of Daniel's seventieth week, leaving only three and a half years -- the GREAT tribulation -- when Jesus will punish the wicked.

When Jesus spoke to four of his disciples about the end of the age He described four things, events, that will happen in quick succession just before the GREAT tribulation.

1/  CAPTURE OF JERUSALEM
2/  WORLDWIDE DARKNESS
3/  HIS APPEARING  and
4/  RAPTURE OF ELECT 

"After Jesus described 'these things' He said,
"When you see these things,
realize that it (redemption/rapture) is near
even at the doors."
Matthew 24:33

"When these things begin to come to pass...
your redemption (resurrection/rapture) is near."
Luke 21:28

"When you see these things come to pass,
realize that the kingdom (City) of God
is near at hand (soon to appear)."
Luke 21:31
Evidently rapture saints will see 'these things' come to pass.  So if you are still here when the world gets dark, don't be afraid; just stay inside, watch, and pray.  The darkness will only last about three days; and according to Jesus, your redemption (rapture) will then be very near.

'These things' are outlined below.  They follow the beginning of sorrows described in Matthew 24:7-8, Mark 13:8, and Luke 21:9

PROGRAM OF END TIME EVENTS -- WITH TIME FRAME

1/  CAPTURE OF JERUSALEM
Armies invade Israel and capture Jerusalem in the time frame of a few days.
(see Ezk.38,  Joel 2,  Zec.14:2-7,  Mark 13:14)

"It will be at the same time
when Gog comes against the land of Israel,
says the Lord God,
that my fury will be aroused...
on that day
the land of Israel will be greatly shaken...
and everyone on the face of the earth
will shake at my presence (appearing)."
Ezekiel 38:18-20

"When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies,
then realize that its desolation is near."
Luke 21:20
(This is the abomination of desolation
spoken of by Daniel the prophet in Dan.9:7.)
(Compare Matthew 24:15.)

2/  WORLDWIDE DARKNESS
Literal darkness will cover the earth for about three days, during which time the earth will be moved out of orbit. (See Joel 2:1-3, 9-10, 20, 31,  Acts 2:20,  Rev.6:12-13.)

"Darkness will cover the earth
and gross darkness the people"
Isaiah 60:2

"The day of the Lord is near...
the sun and the moon will be darkened,
and the stars will not shine."
Joel 3:14-16

Jesus said
"The night is coming
when no man can work."
John 9:4
This darkness will immediately follow the invasion tribulation.
(See Psa.18:3-28,  2 Sam. 22:1-27.)
"...a strong people in battle array
...they shall run here and there
in the city (Jerusalem)...
the earth will quake before them:
the sky will tremble:
the sun and the moon and the stars
will be darkened."
Joel 2:5-10

"Immediately following
the tribulation of those days
the sun will be darkened,
the moon will not shine,
and stars (meteorites) will fall from the sky,
and the powers of the sky will be shaken."
Matthew 24:29
(This verse refers to the capture of Jerusalem and the darkness 'immediately following.'  Do not change 'tribulation of those days' to GREAT tribulation of three and a half years.)

The earth and planets will be moved out of orbit at this time -- in a time frame of a few days.

"He shakes the earth
out of its place."
Job 9:6


"I will shake the sky (planet area)
and the earth will be moved out of its place,
in the wrath of the Lord of hosts,
in the day of his fierce anger."
Isaiah 13:13

3/  HIS APPEARING
God and Jesus will appear in the sky in the City of God following the darkness.  This is the forty-eight hour 'day of the Lord.'
(See Psa.48:1-8, 97:1-6,  Isa.40:5,  Acts 2:20,  Rev.12:10-12, 20:11, 21:2, 22:3.)

"The sun will be darkened,
the moon will give no light,
and stars (meteorites) will fall from the sky,
and the powers of the sky (planet area)
will be shaken.  Then
the sign of the Son of Man
will appear in the sky."
Matthew 24:29-30
(The 'sign' is the City and Throne of God.)
"Hereafter you will see the Son of Man
sitting at the right hand of Power
(God on His Throne)
and coming on
(appearing among)
the clouds of the sky."
Matthew 26:64
(see Psa.110:1)

4/  RAPTURE OF ELECT
Rapture immediately follows the appearing -- within an hour or so.
(see Mat.6:13,  Mark 13:26-27,  Luke 21:36,  John 14:3,  1 Thes.4:13-17,  2Tim.4:18,  Rev.3:10)

"Then shall appear in the sky
the sign (City) of the Son of Man (Jesus)...
and He will send His angels
with a great trumpet sound,
who will gather together
His elect
from the four winds,
from one end of the sky to another."
Matthew 24:30-31

"We know that
when He appears
we will be like Him."
1 John 3:2
(see Jhn.14:3, Col.3:4, 1Pet.5:4, 1Jhn.2:28)

"Now has come...
the Kingdom (City) of our God,
and the power of His Christ...
therefore rejoice you skies
and you (including raptured saints)
who dwell in them.
But woe to those who
inhabit the earth and the sea!
For the devil
has come down to you,
having great wrath
because he knows
that his time is short
(three and a half years)."
Revelation 12:10

5/  GREAT TRIBULATION
GREAT tribulation follows appearing and rapture.  This is the three and a half year 'day of the Lord' or 'time of wrath' -- the things that raptured saints escape.  (see Luke 21:36)

"The sun will be turned into darkness
and the moon into blood
before the great and terrible
day of the Lord comes."
Joel 2:31

"The sun became black
as sackcloth of hair,
the moon became as blood,
and stars (meteorites) fell to earth
...and the sky (planet area)
was rolled back like a scroll...
and everyone (left on earth)...hid themselves
in caves and rocks and mountains.
And they cried to the mountains
and to 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.
Because the great day of their wrath
has now come,
and who will be able to stand?"
Revelation 6:12-17

"And he (sea beast) was allowed
to exercise authority for forty-two months
(three and a half years).
And with his mouth
he blasphemed God,
and His Name,
and his dwelling place
and those (including raptured saints)
who dwell in the sky.
And he was allowed
to make war with the saints (on the earth)
and to overcome them."
verse 18 "and his number is 666."
Revelation 13:5-7

So 'these things,' in the question of the disciples, in the answer of Jesus, and 'these things,' that pinpoint the very end of the age, begin with armies invading Israel (Ezk.38).

"When these things begin to come to pass,
lift up your heads and look up,
because your redemption is very near."
Luke 21:28
Our souls must be redeemed now -- washed from sins in Jesus' blood -- our bodies are redeemed when Jesus appears.
"Behold, I come quickly,
and My reward is with Me
to give every person
according to their work.
Blessed are those
who wash their robes
and keep His commandments,
that they may have right
to the tree of Life
and may enter through the gates
into the City."
Revelation 22:12, 14

"Let us therefore fear,
lest a promise being left to us
of entering into His rest,
any of you should seem
to come short of it."
Hebrews 4:1

END PART THREE

This is a shortened order of end-time events from the visions and Biblical and scientific studies of Oden Hetrick and his family.  Oden Hetrick has a longer version of end-time events in his book CITY IN THE SKY which can also be read on this website. [end of excerpt from Oden Hetrick's outline].

Putting it All Together
The four main points of the end times outline that the Lord gave to Oden Hetrick were: 1) Capture of Jerusalem, 2) Worldwide Darkness, 3) His Appearing, and 4) Rapture of the Elect.  Then GREAT tribulation follows appearing and rapture.  I believe we are about to see these four events unfold in rapid succession before our eyes.

The only way any man can stand in the judgment is if he personally knows Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. The names of those who know Him personally are written in the Lamb's book of Life, which is in heaven. My desire in writing this blog is not to win you over to a particular eschatological point of view. It really doesn't matter if you believe in Pre-Tribulation, Mid-Trib, or Post-Trib. My aim is simply to point you to Jesus. He shall reign forever and ever, and the righteous will reign with Him (Rev 22:5).  He is no longer right at the door, but beyond the door!  He is coming right away!

Author's note: You must take responsibility for your own actions. Nobody knows the day or the hour, and in no way am I date setting. This is only to provide you with information, so that you can make your own decisions, for which you will be accountable to God.  I urge you to read the other recent posts I've written about the imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ, available through the side bar, especially City in the Sky.  Also please visit Urgent Edition: Imminent Return of  Christ for an important message! You may also visit our Signs of the Times Directory, and access my complete blog directory at Writing for the Master.   

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Rapture in the Last Hour


The Lord led me today to make a careful search and inquiry, seeking to know what time the Spirit in me is indicating the return of our Lord Jesus Christ and the glories to follow.  I reviewed the comments by Sandra Sadiq in my previous blog on end time events, pertaining to the last and final hour before the Lord’s return. The following is a short excerpt taken from that blog, followed by what the Lord showed me in a brief study of 11:11 and 1:11 Bible verses.

1 John 2:18 The last hour (not in the timing of man; in the timing of God)

Sandra Sadiq's Comments
She states: "SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SEEING 11:11 OR 01:11 (ALL THESE 1’S) IT IS BECAUSE LORD TOLD ME THE REASON WHY I KEEP SEEING THE 1’S IT IS BECAUSE OF THE ANTICHRIST WHO HAS BEEN REVEALED IN THE LAST HOUR AND THE LAST HOUR IS 11PM."


Len's Comments

Here is what the Lord showed me. I sense this may be a reference to the following verses in the Bible.

Jesus Will Come the Same Way He Went into Heaven - Act 1:11
First we must look at Acts 1:11, in which the angels spoke to the disciples immediately after they watched Jesus ascend into the sky: “They also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven." (Act 1:11). This is an explicit reference to the return of Christ.

The Lord Will Again Reach Out His Mighty Arm and Bring Home His People - Is 11:11
Then in Isaiah 11:11, we read in the Contemporary English version: “When that day comes, the Lord will again reach out his mighty arm and bring home his people who have survived in Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Ethiopia, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and the land along the coast. He will give a signal to the nations, and he will bring together the refugees from Judah and Israel, who have been scattered all over the earth.” (Isa 11:11-12, CEV). It reads like this in the NASB version: “Then it will happen on that day that the Lord Will again recover the second time with His hand The remnant of His people, who will remain, From Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, And from the islands of the sea. And He will lift up a standard for the nations And assemble the banished ones of Israel, And will gather the dispersed of Judah From the four corners of the earth.” (Isa 11:11-12, NASB).  This passage is obviously referring to the rapture, that day when the Lord will come a second time to reach out His mighty arm and bring home His holy remnant, who have survived from all nations and who are scattered all over the earth. 
 
Repeated Vision and Then Everything Up Into the Sky - Act 11:11
Then we look at Acts 11:11 and the verse preceding it: “This happened three times, and everything was drawn back up into the sky. And behold, at that moment three men appeared at the house in which we were staying, having been sent to me from Caesarea.(Act 11:10-11). In this verse and the one before it, in Peter’s vision, the sheet and everything in it is drawn back up into the sky.  This is followed by the sudden appearance of three men.  There have been many visions and dreams of the rapture lately, and some people have seen these visions or dreams repeated consecutively like Peter did. I think the Lord is hinting that He Himself will soon appear, and all His holy ones will be drawn up into the sky.

They Went up into Heaven - Rev 11:11
Then we must look at Rev 11:11. “But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them. And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, ‘Come up here.Then they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them. (Rev 11:11-12).  This verse refers to the two, literal witnesses, who will serve during the Great Tribulation. But notice how they are raptured (caught up) when the Lord says, “Come up here.”  I think the Lord is inferring that He will soon call His people home

Jesus Comes Soon to Awaken the Dead Out of Sleep - Jn 11:11
Then we must look at John 11:11 that says, “He said to them, ‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep.’"  (Joh 11:11).  Just as Jesus needed to go to awaken dead Lazarus, He must go out of heaven to awaken His Bride and to awaken the dead in Christ. 

Jesus Will Soon Enter This World for His Church and It's Already Late - Mk 11:11
In Mark 11:11, we read: “Jesus entered Jerusalem and came into the temple; and after looking around at everything, He left for Bethany with the twelve, since it was already late.” (Mar 11:11).  This may be a hint that Jesus is now about to enter this world’s atmosphere for His Church and that it is already late.  He is looking around at everything and is cleansing His Church. 

The True Saints Will Be Gathered Together to Jesus Like Birds - Hos 11:11
There is Hosea 1:11.  “And the sons of Judah and the sons of Israel will be gathered together, And they will appoint for themselves one leader, And they will go up from the land, For great will be the day of Jezreel.” (Hos 1:11).  The key things in this verse are that God’s people will be gathered together to their One Leader, Jesus Christ.  When this happens, they will “go up from the land” and great will be the day! In Hosea 11:11, we read “They will come trembling like birds from Egypt And like doves from the land of Assyria; And I will settle them in their houses, declares the LORD.” (Hos 11:11). The sons of God are going to come to Him like birds, and He will settle them in their houses in heaven. In verse 9 preceding this, the Lord says, “I will not come in wrath,” indicating that when He comes to gather His holy ones, it will not be in wrath for them.  The wrath will only be for those who are left behind.

Jesus Comes TO His Own and Then He Comes FOR His own - Jn 1:11
Then we see in John 1:11, it says, “He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.” (Joh 1:11) This refers to His first coming, when He came TO His own, but Jesus is once again coming FOR His own very soon.  Unfortunately, many of His own are not ready to receive Him.

Woe to the Rebellious and Idolatrous Children  - Jude 1:11, and Jer 11:11
All who are living in rebellion to His commandments and in idolatry will not be ready to receive Him.  Jude 1:11 pronounces the woe for such Christians: “Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.” (Jud 1:11).

The Lord also warns these people who are not ready in Jeremiah 11:11: "Therefore thus says the LORD, 'Behold I am bringing disaster on them which they will not be able to escape; though they will cry to Me, yet I will not listen to them.'" (Jer 11:11).  In the preceding verse, the Lord specifically says that these are His people who are in rebellion and idolatry: "They are returned to the former iniquities of their fathers, who refused to hear my words: so these likewise have gone after strange gods, to serve them: the house of Israel, and the house of Juda have made void my covenant, which I made with their fathers. (Jer 11:10, DRB)

Seeking to Know the Time the Spirit Indicated and the Glories to Follow - 1 Pet 1:11
In 1 Peter 1:11, and the preceding verse, he says, “As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.” (1Pe 1:10-11)  In these verses, Peter speaks about the Old Testament prophets, who made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted both the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.  The Lord is hinting that his prophets and holy people today are doing the same, just as we are doing in this very study – seeking to know what time the Spirit of Christ is indicating as He predicted the glories soon to follow for the saints.  Right after that in verse 13, Peter reminds us of the revelation of Jesus Christ, which is His second coming. Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1Pe 1:13).

Entrance into our Lord's Eternal Kingdom - 2 Pet 1:11
In 2 Peter 1:11, we read “for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.” (2Pe 1:11). Peter here referred to the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord.  When the rapture happens, all the holy ones will enter into our Lord’s eternal kingdom. We need to set our hope completely on the grace to be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Commands John in a Voice Like a Trumpet to Write What He Sees - Rev 1:11
In Rev 1:11, Jesus commands John in a voice like a trumpet to write what he sees and send it to the seven churches. Many people today are hearing the Lord’s voice, and even trumpets, alerting us to the imminent return of our Lord in the rapture.  These saints are writing what they see and sending it to the churches via the Internet, as well as books.

Time is Up! - Zech 1:11-13ff
Zechariah 1:11 is definitely about the Lord’s return, and it includes 1:13, in which the Lord says, “Time is up.”  For more on this, see the rapture article on the Angels on Assignment website, particularly the “Nuggets of Proof” in the Summary section.  In addition, there is more about this in brother Roland Buck’s in sermon 48.

But the angel Gabriel told brother Buck that Zechariah 1:13 is about the Lord’s return. The “angel of the Lord” in this passage was Gabriel himself, so he certainly knows what it’s about.  He said that in verse 13, the Lord told him that “time is up.”

Here is an excerpt from sermon 48 by brother Buck: “Another thing he told me as he gave me this message, in Zechariah 1:12, the angel Gabriel who is the angel who stands in God's presence. And he said, ‘God, those children of Israel have been in bondage for 70 years. How long are You going to allow them to stay in bondage. The time is up.’" sermon 48.

"God said, ‘Tell them that I have turned to them with mercy and I will bring them into the land that I promised them. I will keep my promise.’ Then God gave me the beautiful picture that this promise was very symbolic of the day when Jesus comes to take His own people back.” sermon 48.

Brother Buck went on to say, “On God's clock in eternity time has almost run out. I don't know how it relates; it could be a longer period of time on earth because there's no real way of comparing eternity and time. Eternity is a state of being; it's neither long nor short. But things are happening so beautifully.” sermon 48.

Brother Buck began that message by saying, “There may be some pre-tribulation people here tonight; there may be some post tribulation people. But when that clock strikes and God's great plan and the trumpet sounds, God isn't going to open up our heads and take a look and see which position we support. He's going to take a look at our hearts and see if Jesus dwells there. He tells us not to be moved away from the hope of His calling.”

“One of the most often asked questions that I have received has to do with the rapture of the church. There seems to be a trend away from this blessed hope. And God knew it was going to happen and that's why He said, ‘be not moved away from this hope.’ Because Jesus is coming soon He is doing some things in hastening His work today.”

Putting it All Together
Immediately after this post was first published, I received a comment from a dear sister, Michele.  She said, "I have been seeing this for about 8 years!" And she knows one other person who received this from the Lord as well! So this was definitely a confirmation for her and for me.

We are in the last moment right before the rapture. Time's up! I want to be very clear that I am not setting any dates.  I don't know if it is going to be this week, this year, next year, or when.  It just depends on the grace of God.  But it's going to be VERY soon.

Are you ready?  Do you hear the sound of the trumpet?  Please do not wait any longer or you will miss the rapture. Repent now and give your life to Jesus Christ.  Look to Jesus, who alone can prepare you to enjoy the rapture, and join the worshipers in heaven. If you know Him, but are not living 100% for Him, then repent and get right with Him now.  He is coming only for the holy people.

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB. Earth image from Angels on Assignment website.

Author's note: You must take responsibility for your own actions. Nobody knows the day or the hour, and in no way am I date setting. This is only to provide you with information, so that you can make your own decisions, for which you will be accountable to God.  You may also want to read my other post called, "Very Few Will Hear the Trumpet".  Then check out "Are You Rapture Ready?" And "The End Has Come."  You may also visit our Signs of the Times Directory, and access my complete blog directory at Writing for the Master.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Rapture Alert

Dear friends,

The Lord Jesus Christ is coming back very soon.  He is beyond the door, and the rapture of His people could occur at any moment.

The word rapture comes from the Latin word, rapturo, which is a translation of the Greek verb "caught up" that's found in 1 Thessalonians 4:17.

"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord." (1Th 4:16-17)


Now I'd like to share with you just a few brief dreams about the rapture that help to show how close we are to that moment.

My Daughter's Dream
At the end of the day on June 13, 2012, as we were having family devotions together, I was surprised to hear my oldest daughter tell me  that she had a dream last night that the rapture happened.  I was surprised, because I had a dream also, and I had felt the Lord was wanting to wake us up to His imminent return.  Earlier in the day, I had already posted a blog called "Are You Rapture Ready," in which I later added her dream testimony, after she told me.

So I listened with great interest as she told me.  She said, "I dreamed that it was night time, past our bedtime, but we were still up.  I pulled back the curtain and looked up at the sky.  I saw in the sky a dim pinpoint of white light, and initially thought it was a star.  Suddenly it started growing brighter and brighter, as it got closer.  Then my heart started beating really fast with excitement. The white light started to take the shape of Jesus, and I knew it was Jesus.  He had a white garment on.  The ground started shaking.  I started hearing this rumbling sound like an earthquake was beginning to happen. I could feel the ground trembling beneath my feet.  Then I turned my head and cried out, 'Daddy, Jesus is coming back!'"

She continued, "This dream was so real to me, that I could practically say it wasn't a dream at all.  It was very, very real.  And it repeated itself once again afterward."

The fact that the Lord was in her dream, and that it felt so real tells me it was from the Lord.  The fact that she had the dream twice in a row, and it happened on the same day I had my dream indicates that this is about to happen right away.

Sam's Vison of the rapture, he is near, Get ready!
This is a dream that a young man, named Sam, had in 2011.  When I heard his testimony the day after Charity's dream, I couldn't help notice how similar it was to Charity's dream.  He tells his dream in the video below.



Urgent Rapture Dream! The Rapture Is Imminent!
Here is the testimony of a man, named Andre Hendricks, who had a rapture dream in 2010.  He writes in his video description, "My dream about the rapture event taking place! Glory be to G-d We're going HOME soon! Get ready for the rapture, confess your sins, live Holy, be ready!"



Rapture Dream - There is no time left
Then there is a sister who had a rapture dream in July 2011.  She writes: "The crazy thing is after I had this dream within a few days others had gotten the same message - There is no time left. Get right with Jesus. NO DATE SET. TIME LEFT SEEMED TO BE RIGHT RIGHT RIGHT AT THE END." Here it is



Two SHOCKING Confirmations of Jesus' Imminent Return
A man, named Immanuel, who has a website called Kingdom Warriors, posted a video on May 21, 2012, saying that he recently received two shocking confirmations of our Lord's imminent return.  Here is the video:




My Son's Rapture Dream
My seven year old son had a dream of the rapture on June 20, 2012.  In the dream, he, his little brother, and three sisters were standing in our driveway at the home we live at now.  Suddenly they heard the sound of the trumpet like in the videos we have recently seen (see here).  At that moment, he and all the children lifted up their hands to the Lord.  Then my wife and I came outside to join them.  We lifted up our hands.  Then there was a big wind and we started to go up.  And his dream ended.

Putting it All Together
We are in the last moment right before the rapture. Time's up! I want to be very clear that I am not trying to be divisive or win you over to my particular viewpoint of the end times. I am not setting any dates.  I don't know if it is going to be this week, this year, next year, or when.  It just depends on the grace of God.  But it's going to be VERY soon.

In my previous blogs, I have mentioned other dreams that people have had very recently.  There are certainly many other people having dreams of the rapture, but these few examples should be enough to make the point. I think these are all alerts for us to get ready, because the Lord is coming back right away.  For those with ears to hear, it's high time to get ready for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ! Look to Him, who alone can prepare you to enjoy the rapture, and join the worshipers in heaven.

Attribution notice: Scripture quotation taken from the NASB.

Author's note: You must take responsibility for your own actions. Nobody knows the day or the hour, and in no way am I date setting. This is only to provide you with information, so that you can make your own decisions, for which you will be accountable to God.  You may also want to read my other post called, "The End Has Come," as well as "Are You Rapture Ready?"  You may also visit our Signs of the Times Directory, and access my complete blog directory at Writing for the Master.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Something is going on 2012

Dear friends,

Something very unusual is going on in 2012.  I want you to see these videos and decide for yourself if these are urgent warnings that our Lord Jesus Christ is about to return for His people.  Afterward please also check out my other blog called "Something is Going on in 2013."  But first, don't miss this:

Video 1 - Something is Going on in 2012
There are signs taking place in the earth, as well as the sun, moon, and sky all over the world.  There are various plagues such as dead fish, birds, and blood red water.  There are many other things happening that make you wonder, such as the strange loud noises being heard all over the earth.  Sometimes they sound like trumpets, other times like groaning or grinding, and still other times like harps. (Note: when you play each of these video, please select full screen mode, so you don't miss the detail).




Video 2 - Discovery of strange change in our Moon in this March and April Videos Comparison 2012
Please notice in this next video below how the moon tilted significantly in just a period of one month!  The bright spot Aristarchus is a reference point you can use to observe this massive change.  It went from the three o'clock position in March to the five o'clock position in April, if you were looking at the moon like the hours of the clock were around its perimeter.  Likewise, the craters on the outer perimeter of the moon at the twelve o'clock position in March were seen at the three o'clock position in April.  That's not supposed to happen! 



Video 3 - Apocalyptic Weather Events from End of June to Mid-July 2012
This final video was added to this blog on July 27, 2012.  It shows news reports of hail, fires, meteorites, floods, tornadoes, lightning and extreme heat waves across the world during June and July.



These are all found in the Bible.  God has done this before when He took His people out of Egypt (see Exodus chapters 7 - 11, also known as the "Second Book of Moses").  The Lord called these events His "miraculous signs and wonders," and "mighty acts of judgment" (Exodus 7:3-4). Now once again, He is getting ready to take His holy people out of the world.  All of these things were predicted in Scripture.  If you'd like to read about them, you can check out the gospel of Matthew chapter 24, the gospel of Luke chapter 21, the gospel of Mark chapter 13, and Joel 2.  In my other blog, Grieve and Lament for the Church, I cover this in more detail. For more on things yet to come like this, you may also see Revelation chapter 6, chapter 8, and chapter 9.

Jesus prophesied that in the last days, "There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (Luk 21:25-26)

Putting it All Together
We are in the last moment right before the rapture. Time's up! I want to be very clear that I am not setting any dates.  But it's going to be VERY soon.

Are you ready?  Do you hear the sound of the trumpet? And I am not talking about the strange sounds being heard around the world either.

Please do not wait any longer or you will miss the rapture.   Repent now and give your life to Jesus Christ.  Look to Him, who alone can prepare you to enjoy the rapture, and join the worshipers in heaven.  If you know Him, but are not living 100% for Him, then repent and get right with Him now.  It's high time we sought holiness and consecration. He is coming back right away, but only for the holy ones.

Attribution notice: Scripture quotation taken from the NASB.

Author's note: You must take responsibility for your own actions. Nobody knows the day or the hour, and in no way am I date setting. This is only to provide you with information, so that you can make your own decisions, for which you will be accountable to God. You may also want to read my other posts called,  "Something is Going on in 2013"  and "Very Few Will Hear the Trumpet".  Then check out "Are You Rapture Ready?", "The End Has Come," and "Grieve and Lament for the Church." You may also visit our Signs of the Times Directory, and access my complete blog directory at Writing for the Master.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Trumpet Sounds Heard Around the World

Dear friends,

We are in the very final moment prior to the rapture, when Jesus Christ will come to take His people to heaven, as the Lord clearly showed in His Rapture Revelation to Zipora Bitrus. Their are strange sounds being heard around the world, which sound similar to a Hebrew shofar or trumpet.  Could these be signs pointing to the soon return of Jesus Christ, even if they may not be the actual "final trumpet call of God"?  I personally think there is some kind of a connection.

However, many others hear these sounds and do not connect them at all with the return of Jesus Christ.  In the same way, I think that you must have your spiritual ears open in order to hear the spiritual trumpet, or else you will miss it.  Just as many people are explaining these strange noises away with natural reasoning, I think many will remain asleep right up to the moment the Lord returns.  But not everyone is sleeping.  Some are waking up spiritually and realizing the lateness of the moment.  They are sensing the imminence of the Lord's return.

Listen to these sounds on video that are being recorded around the world.  These FOUR videos are the essential to understanding this blog, so please don't skip them (fourth one is from 2016).

Video 1 (see here)

Video 2 (see here)

Video 3 (see here)

Video 4 (see here)

Here are some of the Scriptures about the great trumpet of God:

"And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. (Mat 24:31)

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (1Co 15:52)

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. (1Th 4:16). 

I recently got an email on June 13, 2012, from a good friend in Luxembourg.  He wrote: "A sister in the Lord in South of France told me a week ago she had been blowing the Shofar, and then suddenly realized during a long blast she held the Shofar in her hand and was still hearing the sound going on! She wrote it to me excitedly and I rejoiced with her and told her others are hearing sounding alarms."

There are also other sounds, too, such as loud booms like this one:

Video 5 (see here)

I could have just as well titled this article, "Strange Sounds Heard Around the World May Signal Christ's Imminent Return."  I am not saying that these sounds are the actual trumpet of God being blown to call the elect to heaven. But I am saying that they could be harbingers of the final trumpet call, and it is my belief that they are certainly signs of the times. Time is up. Jesus is coming right away, people.

I am not setting any dates. I am neither advocating the Pre-Tribulation rapture position, Mid-Trib, nor Post-Trib. I am simple asking, "Are you ready?"  Do you hear the sound of the trumpet in your spirit?  Please do not wait any longer.  Prepare for the rapture, or will miss it. Repent now and give your life to Jesus Christ before He comes.  Look to Him, who alone can prepare you to enjoy the rapture, and join the worshipers in heaven. If you know Him, but are not living 100% for Him, then repent and get right with Him now.  He is coming only for the holy people.

In order to make sure you are ready, I urge you to read Rapture Revelation to Zipora Bitrus and her full testimony at Zipora Bitrus Testimony of Heaven and Hell.

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB. Angel blowing trumpet image from Journey to Truth website. Image of watchman blowing a shofar from Christians Together in the Highlands and Islands.

Author's note: You must take responsibility for your own actions. Nobody knows the day or the hour, and in no way am I date setting. This is only to provide you with information, so that you can make your own decisions, for which you will be accountable to God.

You may also want to read my other post called, Very Few Will Hear the Trumpet.  Then check out Are You Rapture Ready? , The End Has Come, Rapture Foretold in Psalm 97. Rapture Revelation to Mushala Sisters, Rapture Revelation to Angelica Zambrano, Sequence of Signs Preceding the Coming of Christ, The Rise of Antichrists, Rapture Revelation to Linda Ngaujah, Peace, Safety, and the Thief in the Night, and The Timing of the Rapture,

Another key article I discovered eleven days after I wrote this post is called The Most Annoying Shofar, written by Hannah Weiss and posted on Christians Together.   You may also visit our Signs of the Times Directory, and access my complete blog directory at Writing for the Master.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Very Few Will Hear the Trumpet Sound

Did you realize that very few people will hear the trumpet sound at Jesus return?  He is coming VERY soon, and most are not ready.

I would like to share with you three VERY important messages.  One from Choo Thomas, another from a sister who got a prophetic word from the Lord in February 2012, another from brother Park, Yong Gyu, and the last one from brother Wilfred Lai of Kenya.

A Message From Choo Thomas
“Praise the Lord for His love and concern for His people.

After my Heavenly visitation, the Lord’s presence now appears to me after each of my prayer times. (4 Times Daily) He tells me about how it will be after He brings His children into His Kingdom. He is pleased with us sending out DVDs/CDs all over the world for the last 7 years, to save souls. Many have repented and are being saved. To God be the Glory.

Our Lord has great concern for those Christians who will left behind. He said the rapture will be like the twinkling of an eye, (1 Cor. 15:51-52) and very few Christians will hear the trumpet sound. Only those people who have Jesus in the center of their heart, and are ready and waiting for Him.  (Ephesians 5:27)

The day He takes His chosen people out will be the greatest disaster this world could ever imagine.  The Lord said that the Japan tsunami and earthquake was nothing compare what will happen to the world for those left behind.  (Hebrews 12:26-29)

And in the end, most people will unfortunately receive the Mark of the beast #666. Many Christians will get it because they were never warned by their Church. (Revelations 13:15-18) This is why The Lord is saying that less than 1% of Pastors and less the 10% of Christians will hear the trumpet sound. I hope many pastors read about these messages.  Please stay ready for the rapture, it could be at any time.  Whatever it takes, let the Lord be the center of your life.

May God's Favor be on you, Sincerely Choo Thomas” -- Choo Thomas Official Website

Word from God given on February 9, 2012
This sister had a word from the Lord in February.  He said, "Few, very few will be ready when I come."  The Lord says that time is up.  He says, "This is the very end of the age. This is it. You are living in the most serious time ever in the history of this earth."

A Message From Rev. Park, Yong Gyu
In 1987, Reverend Park had died from high blood pressure. But by the grace of God, his life was extended for another 20 years. However, for the first four years, he was not able to speak due to his condition. He was about 50 years old when he had come back to life. During his death, the Lord showed him to Heaven and Hell.

The two angels escorted me to Hell. They said, “Now you will visit Hell.”  You have no idea the enormity of Hell. I kept shouting, “It is so big! It is so big!” This is the place where souls who are cursed and receive eternal damnation are placed. It felt like Hell was a thousand times larger than the Earth. Half of Hell was colored red and the other half was pitch dark black. I asked the angels, “Why is this part red?”

The angels replied, “Do you not know? It is burning sulfur. The other half is darkness. When people sin and end up here, they will be tormented from both sides…There are multitudes of churches on the Earth and many of the churches are filled with many people. However, most of them are not true Christians. They are but church attendants. The true churches will firmly believe in Heaven and a Hell. The lives of many Christians are in chaos because they do not firmly believe in Heaven and Hell. When one soul enters Heaven, one thousand cursed souls enter Hell. The rate of Heaven and Hell is 1 to 1000.” (Matt 7:14)

Message from brother Wilfred Lai
Jesus Celebration Center is Located in Mombasa, Kenya and is a church of over 10,000 members. Brother Wilfred Lai is the founder and pastor of the church. Dr. Lai is also the Secretary General of over 2000 churches under the Redeemed Gospel Churches.

One day he asked the Lord how many of them were ready for heaven and the Lord told him only 200.  Only 2% of that church is going to heaven

Dr. Lai said that some pastors have created large groups of sinners meeting in the name of God. “What you have are not churches, but large congregations of sinners.” You can find his church's website online.  Brother Lai also has a channel on YouTube.

Putting it All Together
Get ready, people!  Jesus is coming right away.  There is no time left.  We are in the last moment right before the rapture. Time's up! I want to be very clear that I am not setting any dates.  I don't know if it is going to be this week, this year, next year, or when.  It just depends on the grace of God.  But it's going to be VERY soon.

Fast and pray. Seek the Lord Jesus. Look to Him, who alone can prepare you to enjoy the rapture, and join the worshipers in heaven. Repent and ask Him to purify you, no matter what the cost.  Live holy. Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, so that you won't be left behind.

Author's note:  You must take responsibility for your own actions. Nobody knows the day or the hour, and in no way am I date setting. This is only to provide you with information, so that you can make your own decisions, for which you will be accountable to God.

You may also want to read my other post called, The End Has Come, Are You Rapture Ready?, and Is Repentance Possible During the Great Tribulation?. Just eleven days after this present article was posted, I happened to come across an article by Hannah Weiss called The Most Annoying Shofar, while I was looking for a photo of a shofar.  This article confirmed for me with absolute certainty that this article and my other messages about the imminent return of Christ are accurate. You may also visit our Signs of the Times Directory, and access my complete blog directory at Writing for the Master.

Photo credit: Angel blowing trumpet image from Journey to Truth website.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Urgent End Time Revelations

I would simply like to repost the following content written by Sandra Sadiq on September 23, 2009

[Begin excerpts by Sandra Sadiq].   

A MESSAGE FROM SISTER SANDRA SADIQ

She states: "When I first became born again Christian 12 years ago I went to a Benny Hinn's crusade in Long Island, New York and bought this Spirit filled Life Bible from Benny Hinn's ministry on 13 August 1997 (5:47pm).  I was so poor and broke but I was so happy to spend $50 on a bible because my Pastor always said it was good to have a least one good study/quality bible that we can keep for years  and she said we spend money on everything else why not spend money on God's things.  I was just so happy to be saved and full of peace I felt that was the best gift I could give myself anyway." 

"After the Lord started dealing with me about end times, in October 2008 Holy Spirit led me to the spiritual answers written on page 2001 by Pat Roberstson in that New King James bible from Benny Hinn's ministry and I could believe what I was seeing or reading.  Mind you, I have had this bible for over a decade even taken it to war but then read the bible just Genesis to Revelation.  God knew He had created me for End times revelations before I was even formed in my mother's womb that is why He moved my heart to purchase that bible because at the end He was going to use the things on the page 2001 to tell the world if they will listen.  Please take a look for yourself and you will not believe the Lord had already given Pat Roberston knowledge of what was really going to happen and how the AntiChrist (A/C) was going to come on the scene of the earth, wow."

"I JUST HAVE TO SAY I LOVE THE LORD.  HE IS THE ROCK OF MY SALVATION AND HE ROCKS FOREVER MORE."

[Begin End Time Outline of Pat Robertson. Comments in red are from Sandra Sadiq].
 
                       ENDTIMES (SIGNS, RAPTURE, ANTICHRIST, ETC.)
                                            RAPTURE (CAUGHT UP)
The carrying of a person to another place or sphere of existence.
1 Thess 4:16-17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
Dan 12:2, 13(Daniel will be died/resting and at the end he will also arise) 
1 Corin 15:51-53 (We shall be changed in a twinkling of an eye)

                           ENDTIMES SIGNS BEFORE THE RAPTURE
1. Matt 24:3-14 (JESUS talks about the signs of the end times) 
2. Mark 13:4-13 (JESUS talks about the signs of the end times) 
3. Luke 21:8-19 (JESUS talks about the signs of the end times)

       FINAL PIECE TO THE PROPHESY THAT HAD TO BE FULFILLED 
            BEFORE THE RAPTURE  (WHICH HAS BEEN ALREADY)

2 Thess 2:3 (Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction)

                               THE MEANING OF ANTICHRIST (A/C)
1 John 2:22 Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son.

1 John 4:3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

2 John 1:7 Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.

The spirit of the antichrist is always in the world and has shown itself in many ways and in many people down the ages.

Empowered by satan, this last great antichrist will recognize no authority, Christian or otherwise, apart from his own, will put himself in the place of God as the sole controller of mankind.

1 John 2:18 The last hour (not in the timing of man of in the timing of God)

Note from Sandra Sadiq: SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SEEING 11:11 OR 01:11 (ALL THESE 1’S) IT IS BECAUSE LORD TOLD ME THE REASON WHY I KEEP SEEING THE 1’S IT IS BECAUSE OF THE ANTICHRIST WHO HAS BEEN REVEALED IN THE LAST HOUR AND THE LAST HOUR IS 11PM.

                             THE NAMES OF THE ANTICHRIST (A/C)

1. AntiChrist will come – 1 John 2:18
2. The man of lawlessness – 2 Thess 2:3
3. The man doom to destruction – 2 Thess 2:3
4. Lawless one – 2 Thess 2:9 
-Lawless means contrary to or without regard for the law: lawless violence/ being without law; uncontrolled by a law; unbridled; unruly; unrestrained: lawless passion
5. Name of the beast/the number of his name 666- Rev 13:17-18. 

Note from Sandra Sadiq: GOD SAID TO ME IN JANUARY 2009 THAT THE FIRST SEAL IS OPENED
                              
                      HOW CAN THE A/C BE KILLED/DESTOYED
1. He (A/C) cannot be killed by human hands (Dan 8:25)
2. The Lord will consume the A/C, lawless one with the 
-Breath of His mouth
-Destroy with the brightness of His coming (2 Thess 2:8)
3. He (A/C) will be captured with the false prophet and will be cast alive into the Lake of fire burning with brimstone (Rev 19:20)

                              SOME OF THE THINGS THE A/C WILL 
                                    DO/ HIS CHARACTERISTICS
1. He will have a mouth speaking pompous words (Dan 7:8, 11; 11:36; Rev 13:1,5,6)
2. Whose appearance was greater than his fellow (Dan 7:20, 23-24)
3. He is going to make war against the Saints (Christians) (Dan 7:21)
4. He shall speak pompous words against the Most High (Dan 7:25; 11:36)
5. Then Saints shall be given into his hand for 3 1/2yrs (Dan 7:25; Rev 13:7)
6. He shall persecute/oppress the Saints (children) of the Most High (Dan 7:25)
7. A king (leader) shall arise having fierce features, who understands sinister schemes (Dan 8:23)
8. He shall be mighty but not by his own power (Dan 8:24)
9. He shall prosper and do his own pleasure (Dan 8:24)
10. He shall corrupt & destroy the mighty men & the holy people(Israel, saints) (Dan 8:24)
11. Through his policy he shall cause trickery to prosper in his hand (Dan 8:25 Amp)
12. He shall magnify himself in his heart and mind (Dan 8:25)
13. In their security he will corrupt and destroy many (Dan 8:25)
14. He shall also stand up against the Prince of princes (JESUS), (Dan 8:25)
15. He shall be broken and that by no [human] hand (Dan 8:25)
16. He shall confirm a covenant with many for one week but in the middle of the week he will bring an end to sacrifice and offering (peace covenant with Israel (Dan 9:27)
17. He will stop the offerings and sacrifices after three and one-half years (Dan 9:27, NCV)
18. He will set up a sacrilegious object that causes desecration, until the fate decreed for this defiler is finally poured out on him (Dan 9:27, NCV)
19. And armed forces of his shall appear [in the holy land] and they shall pollute the sanctuary, the [spiritual] stronghold, and shall take away the continual [daily burnt offering] (Dan 11:31Amp)
20. They (A/C and his soldiers) shall set up [in the sanctuary] the abomination that astonishes and makes desolate [probably an altar to a pagan god] (Dan 11:31Amp)
21. The covenant he shall pervert and seduce with flatteries, but the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits [for God] (Dan 11:32 Amp)
22. He shall do according to his will (Dan 11:36)
23. He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god (Dan 11:36)
24. He shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished (Dan 11:36)
25. He shall regard neither the God of his fathers (Dan 11:37)
26. He shall regard neither the desire of a woman (Dan 11:37)
27. He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor regard any god for he shall exalt himself above them all (Dan 11:37, 2 Thess 2:4)
28. He sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God (2 Thess 2:4)
29. He shall honor a god of fortresses and a god which his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and pleasant things (Dan 11:38)
30. He shall act against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god, which he shall acknowledge 
(Dan 11:39)
31. Those who acknowledge him he shall magnify with glory and honor, and he shall cause them to rule over many and shall divide the land for a price (Dan 11:39 Amp)
32. He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and Ethiopians shall follow at his heels (Dan 11:43)
33. He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon (Dan 11:41)
34. He shall stretch out his hand also against the [other] countries, but the land of Egypt shall not be among the escaped ones (Dan 11:42)
35. He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and Ethiopians shall follow at his heels (Dan 11:43)
36. News from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate man (Dan 11:44)
37. He shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him (Dan 11:45)
38. The lawless one (the antichrist) will be revealed and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of His mouth and bring him to an end by His appearing at His coming (2 Thess 2:8 Amp)
39. The coming [of the lawless one, the antichrist] is through the activity and working of Satan and will be attended by great power and with all sorts of [pretended] miracles and signs and delusive marvels--[all of them] lying wonders-- (2 Thess 2:9 Amp)
40. He was given authority to continue for forty-two months (Rev 13:5)
38. He will cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed (Rev 13:15)
41. He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or[f] the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Rev 13:16-17)

Note from Sandra Sadiq: SOME OR MOST OF THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ANTICHRIST WILL NOT HAPPEN TILL AFTER THE RAPTURE. REMEMBER HE WILL NOT BE ACTIVATED TILL AFTER THE RAPTURE.

"Praise the Lord, He has been so good to me. I thank the Lord so much for giving me these Revelations because I never knew anything about the end times not even a word about the Rapture (Caught up) but it was prophesied to me 26 December 2007 that in the coming year starting 2008 that God was going to give me a lot of serious revelations of His Word, serious discoveries and etc. Now I can’t stop sharing some of the things God has given me. My name is Sandra Sadiq."

[End of excerpts by Sandra Sadiq].

You can visit Sandra Sadiq's website, The Online Disciple here.

Author's note: You must take responsibility for your own actions. Nobody knows the day or the hour, and in no way am I date setting. This is only to provide you with information, so that you can make your own decisions, for which you will be accountable to God. You may also want to read my other post called, "The End Has Come."  You may also visit our Signs of the Times Directory, and access my complete blog directory at Writing for the Master.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.