I rejoice because I know the Lord is comming for us. However I am not clear aboout the rapture and tribulation period... like how much the saved will have to endure. Have we entereed into the pre-trib now? i think so, but only God knows for sure and I think it will be revealed as and when, But I do say "COME LORD JESUS!"
---michelle on 12/8/07|
Part of me is, and part of me isn't. My spirit is rejoicing, my mind isn't. Because I know that I will be going to a better place, but my mind knows as well as my heart that alot of people won't make it because of their way of life. and the only thing I can do is pray and fast for them, that God will convict them until they get saved or repent. then I stand still. Standing still is the hardest thing to do. But in order for God to work, I must stand still and let God move.
---Rebecca_D on 5/30/06|
Please overlook my rantings Mima, I didn't intend to blast anyone, after I read what I wrote I realized exactly how much the Holy Spirit was speaking to me about my own wasted time, and truly that message was for me. Forgive me please.
Thank you in advance for your grace, Love,
---Pharisee_peter_c. on 5/30/06|
part 2) I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.
---christina on 5/30/06|
Amen Geoff! What you say about no dichotomy is true, as is proven by Paul's words in Phillipians 1:21-26: 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two:
---christina on 5/30/06|
Helen, I feel your pain, but let me encourage you. One of the wonderful surprises of heaven is to see loved ones we never expected to be there. That's because God loves 'em even more than we are capable and will exhaust every effort short of dragging them in. God is faithful and I am determined if no one else is going, I am. So while you weep for the sins of this world, rejoice and lift up your head, your redemption draws nigh!
---Geoff on 5/30/06|
What's funny to me is that since the first century Christians have misjudged God and believed that the end was right around the corner.
The early church wrote as if the Lord would be showing up in their lifetime.
I'm not saying I don't feel like it's close, I'm saying I'm not the first to feel that way.
With time short how much more then should we be seeking out the lost, and not entertaining ourselves with our own fantasies?
Let's stop day dreaming and get in the game.
---Pharisee on 5/30/06|
In a way I guess I do because all of my physical suffering will be over. But there are so very many headed straight for hell and as the days go by there are more and more headed that way, so I certainly do not rejoice in that. I am the only one in my whole family that is saved and I have an intense longing for them to all come to Christ so I do wish that the end were not here so that many more would be won to Christ.
---Helen_5378 on 5/29/06|
Actually Donna Ann, the Moderator is right, there's actually no scripture for this. I'm not trying to be mean, but unfortunately much contemporary eschatology comes more from fiction than scripture. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you through all the deception and find all the clear truths left behind
There is no dichotomy in longing for Jesus to come and interceding for those who are not trusting in Him. Can we do both? There's much work to be done & Jesus is coming sooner than we think-glory!
---Geoff on 5/29/06|
The spirit of antichrist was already in the world when Jesus was here but such a person as "The antichrist" does not exist. There is an evil one, the son of perdition and a beast, but i cannot find "the antichrist" in the KJV.
---Stargazer on 5/29/06|
It just so happens that I know of your question,you can search out the scriptures that say this.
The Rapture,will take place,*FIRST.
This is what will cause,world wide panic.
This also,is the*only,way the antichrist can come into power.
The church must be removed,
So the AntiChrist can try;to rule for himself.
Moderator - Please show scriptures that say this.
---Donna_Ann on 5/29/06|
"Do not feel absolutely certian of anything".
The philosopher, Bertrand Russell
---digibob on 5/29/06|
How could I rejoice when I know it means many shall suffer terribly and be lost to Christ forever. No it isn't a time for me to be glad about my reward when my heart is heavy for those who haven't accepted Christ as Lord,including some of my own family and friends. Oh Lord Jesus don't come yet! Have Mercy,give a few more years to bring sinners to the Lord. Let us never rejoice at our gain but weep and pray for the lost to hear the call of God. Just a little longer Lord Jesus.
---Darlene_1 on 5/29/06|