Be Prepared, for The End is Near!

Jesus is coming be prepared copyCommentary by:  Gordon King

Peace, safety and security.  These are words of the end times.  This is a sign that we are living at the end of an age.  The Church Age.  The beginning of the “Tribulation Period” is close at hand.  Then a “New Age” begins.  The “Age of Christ’s Reign on Earth”.

We are now witnessing the signs of the times that Jesus himself told us to watch for in Matthew 24.  Many people confuse the verses in chapter 24.  These passages speak of both the “Rapture of the Church” and the “Second Coming of Christ”.  These are two different events.

The rapture of the church is before the “Tribulation Period” (I believe).  The “Second Coming of Christ” is at Armageddon, when Christ shall come back to earth with His saints (believers) and angels all riding on white horses.

I am not here to argue about a Pre, Mid or Post tribulation rapture.  You can study the scripture and decide for yourselves.  However, I do believe in a Pre-Tribulation rapture of the church.  It has the most evidence for it in the bible.  If this is not the case, then you may not be ready.  Many people (they) say that this view leads people astray and deceives them.  I say, Hogwash!  Nothing could be further from the truth.

For a person to not believe in a Pre-Tribulation rapture of the church is to “NOT” be prepared.  If you believe in a Mid or Post Tribulation rapture of the church then people may not be ready if Christ does come Pre-Trib.  They will say that they have plenty of time.  However, they would have many more signs to watch for which Jesus did not tell us to look for before this event:  the “Seven Year Peace Treaty”, the “Rebuilding of the Jewish Temple”, the “Abomination of Desolation, Armageddon, the “Mark of the Beast”, etc, etc.

Christ told us that we would not know the day nor the hour of his return.  But he did give us the signs to watch for.  The signs are here now.  If I am wrong, then what harm does it do to be ready for Christ to rapture the church?  None!  In fact it would be a blessing for you to be walking closely with God daily.  On the other hand, if you believe in a Mid or Post Tribulation rapture, you may not be prepared.  What harm would that do?  Plenty!  So isn’t it wise and prudent to be ready at all times?  Why would belief in a Pre-Trib rapture be deceiving?  I just don’t get it.  Is it because they think we need to be prepared for the “Tribulation Period”?  Well, I say that if you are a believer in Jesus Christ and you are already prepared for a Pre-Tribulation rapture, you are prepared for the “Tribulation Period”.  So what is their other argument?  How is this deceiving?

So I find it so very hard to believe why so many people put me down for believing as I do.  Are they worried because they are not ready?  Do they love this world so much that they don’t want to leave?  Is their life in this world so good that they cannot give it up?

Believing in a pre-tribulation rapture of the church is a good thing, not a bad thing.  What is wrong with being prepared?

I say this, it is wise to be prepared to meet the Lord.  If I am a deceiver for believing this, then so be it.  I don’t know when the Lord is coming for the church.  No one does.  But, for other so-called Christians to denigrate other believers in their view-point on this matter is foolish and hateful towards Christians and God.

God is love.  The bible tells us this.  Christians are to love one another as God has loved us.  This is a commandment from God.  He did not say to be hateful to one another.  He did not tell us:  when you see these signs start arguing and condemning each other.  What kind of message do Christians send to unbelievers when we act this way?

Many Christians seem to be so caught up in their ideology of what they should believe and not believe that it is very misleading and misguided.  The bible tells us what to believe and how to treat others.  It is our handbook on this life.  The gospel of Jesus Christ is what is important.  Arguing and hating other believers for their viewpoints contradictory to their own is foolish.  Being a Christian is a learning experience.  We must study God’s word in fellowship and worship.

Walk close to the Lord, humble yourselves, ask Him for guidance, insight and wisdom.  The Holy Spirit will open your eyes and show you the truth.  Let us love one another like we were commanded to do.  If a brother or sister is wrong in their views, then we can teach them out of love and kindness, not hatred and condemnation.  This is not the fruit that we are to bear.   Remember, the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Believe what I say or not!  Jesus is returning soon. 

Earthquakes are increasing in numbers and swarms, volcanoes are erupting, storms are increasing in numbers and intensity, evil is increasing in number and intensity.  Pestilence, plagues and starvation is increasing throughout the world.  Global economic worry and disaster is increasing in every nation on earth.  Civil unrest is increasing around the globe.  People are becoming desensitized to evil, violence and natural disasters.  World deception is becoming common place and people are being led astray.  Good is being replaced by evil.  The persecution of Christians is on the rise.  Christians are thought of as terrorists.  Islam is thought of as peaceful.  Intolerance to worldly ideals is quickly being outlawed.  Morals and values are changing to meet the pleasures of immoral people.  Governments and police forces are becoming more militarized.  Wars, rumors of wars, riots and protests are increasing day by day. 

Strange and unusual signs in the sky are unrelenting.  The sun continues to emit enormous solar flares.  Comet Ison will be coming very close to the sun and the earth in November. The earth is predicted to pass through the tail of the comet, which is full of asteroids, meteors and other debris.

The US government has set a deadline for an Arab / Israeli peace treaty to be signed by April 2014.  The next “Blood-Moon Tetrad” is coming beginning in April 2014.  Mass animal deaths and unusual animal deaths continue to occur. 

Isaiah 17:1, The burden against Damascus, seems to be close to being fulfilled; Isaiah 19, The burden against Egypt appears as if it is being fulfilled as I write this.  The nations mentioned in Ezekiel 38 and Psalm 83 are aligned perfectly for both of these prophecies to be fulfilled.

These are all signs of the soon return of Jesus Christ for His bride.  What more do we need to make us believe? 

God Bless!

22 thoughts on “Be Prepared, for The End is Near!

  1. Reblogged this on God's Enduring Love and commented:
    This post is RIGHT ON! I would rather be prepared and be ‘five minutes early than a minute too late’; I would rather be SAFE THAN SORRY! I don’t know when Jesus will return, nobody knows. BUT I WANT TO BE WATCHING AND READY FOR HIS RETURN, WHENEVER THAT WILL BE!

  2. Hiya Gordon, Many Blessings to You and your Family!

    I re-Blogged this at my site before I got this in my email, I seen it on Vine of Life News first!! Here is the Link to my site and Post ~> http://kristiann1.com/2013/10/31/be-prepared-for-the-end-is-near/ <~ I made some minor Modifications before I Posted it to Links to the King James Authorized Version Holy Bible on my site!!

    Jesus Christ Commanded us to LOVE one Another, the WAY He LOVED everyone FIRST!!

    All My Love, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann
    http://kristiann1.com

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  4. Jesus said in Matthew 24, as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the day of the Lord. If you will notice them that were in the ark were saved, the rest were killed. The parable of the two women in the field, one was taken, the other was left.The woman that was taken was the one who did not know the Lord. The promise of God to them that honor thier mother and Father is long life. To the person that did not honor thier mother and father, they were taken out of this world before it was thier time. We are to over come Satan and this world, but if we have been decieved, we will suffer lost. Also look at Revelation 16:12-16.(16:15 Jesus speaking!) The frogs are spirits.

  5. the pope gave Abbas a pen of the peace.. we need to be prepared for the coming of Messiah!God bless

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  7. Hi Gordon,
    I’m one of those who say that the rapture and the second coming are one in the same. You call me confused. I don’t mind that at all. I understand that we are called to tribulation and persecution Mark 4:17, 2 Tim 3:12, John 16:33.

    You also ask a lot of questions. That great! Don’t you hate it when you ask a question and people side step it and try to redirect you question? So I will address your questions in order as time allows for me. Whenever I ask questions to someone who believes the pretrib doctrine, I never seem to get a straight answer. I feel like Jesus when he is talking to the Pharisees and tells them, “If I ask you a question you won’t answer me.” Often those who believe the pretrib doctrine say they don’t want to argue and make themselves beyond reproach. So often I find that the pretrib doctrine doesn’t stand up to any scrutiny, I can’t help but wonder if that is why they refuse to answer me. I know the pretrib doctrine can’t stand up to any scrutiny, perhaps they do too, and that’s why they stick their fingers in their ears. I don’t want to be like that. That would put me a place positionally to be deceived, and have itching ears.

    Your questions:
    1) If I am wrong, then what harm does it do to be ready for Christ to rapture the church?
    You answer your own question.. None!
    2) What harm would that do?
    Here you answer… Plenty! Here you accuse any other view of not being ready. Accuse away if it make you feel better. If you consider the pretrib view and the escape factor connected to salvation…. if salvation equals rapture…truely, what does being ready have to do with it? How can a pretribber make their garments white without tribulation. Dan 12:10 tells us that many shall be purified, made white are refined. Jesus promises us tribulation John 16:33. All those who will live godly lives in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution 2 Tim. 3:12. The U.S. Christian is a fat and self-sufficient. with no need for God, like the church of Laodicea in Rev. 3:17. This is how the pretrib church in the U.S. is busy making herself ready. …Go ahead and pat you belly and tell me you are not fat! How is your fastings going? The bridegroom is away! 87% of christians in America are pretrib that’s a majority. I’m not accusing, I’m looking at the facts around me. Not embracing the facts (the love of truth), and living in pleasure is what brings on deception 2 Thess 2:9-12.
    3) So isn’t it wise and prudent to be ready at all times?
    of course.
    4) Why would belief in a Pre-Trib rapture be deceiving?
    Now here you ask a worthwhile question. There are not many truths, but one. We know there can only be one correct view. Peter tells us that how you determine your end time view determines whether or not you “twist scripture as you always do” 2Peter 3:16. That’s serious! Paul gives us guidelines concerning deception and its cause mentioned in 2 Thess 2:9-12. I could give you 20 answers to this question. if interested in them all visit my blog by clicking my name. The biggest deception is surrounding tribulation itself. Jesus promises that those who do not embrace tribulation and persecution do not have fertile soil, but rocky, and when it comes they will immediately fall. I realize that those who TEACH the pretrib view are quick to point out that we are indeed assigned to tribulation John 16:33, but they don’t teach it. Instead what is taught is an escape from tribulation and persecution. The Chinese church also taught this doctrine in the early 1900’s, when persecution came there was a great apostasy (falling away). The leaders who lived through it were very sorrowful that they had taught the pretrib doctrine rather than preparing them for tribulation and persecution.
    An Absolute deception that the pretrib doctrine uses is in the term “falling away” in 2 Thess. 2:3, where it says that the “falling away” must happen prior to the rapture. The word in Greek for “falling away” is apostasia where we get the word apostasy from which means ‘departing from the faith’. The pretrib view takes part of it and grabs a hold of the word ‘departing’. Here it is twisted to mean the rapture of all things, just to make it fit their view. Consider the irony, loads of Christians departing from their faith because they are not prepared for tribulation because they thought apostasy meant rapture! SAD! This is a blatant twist of scripture, every dictionary knows what apostasy means, why can’t the pretribber figure it out?
    5) Is it because they think we need to be prepared for the “Tribulation Period”?
    Absolutely, we are called to tribulation and persecution John 16:33, 2 Tim 3:12. The tribulation is not God’s wrath, and that is another deception of the pretrib combining the two.
    6)So what is their other argument?
    You say if you are prepared for the pretrib rapture you are also prepared for the great tribulation. Jesus disagrees with you. Read the parable of the sower. Mark 4, Matt. 13. Those who are ready for the pretrib rapture are essentially read to party! The last thing they are ready for is the great tribulation. The very essence of how you would pray the prayer of Luke 21:36 vastly differentiates:
    “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
    If escape means rapture and the only requirement to be raptured is to be saved, then why would Jesus tell us to pray ALWAYS that we would be saved? And what does worthiness, or works have to do with salvation? Why would a pretribber ever pray this prayer? It would be faithless and futile. Think about it! If you are a pretrib believer, have you EVER prayed this prayer you are commanded to “pray always.” Waste of time if you are saved, you will be raptured.. Period! However if you knew that you were going to have to go through all that was coming upon the earth, you would be praying for God’s protection and your worthiness to escape it
    7) How is this deceiving?
    Here you have attempted to argue that “being ready” for the Lord’s return is relative to deceiving. I don’t think anyone has told you that being ready is the deceiving nature or the pretrib doctrine. However, I do know that the pretribber isn’t willing to actually consider anything outside their own view, and in many cases miss the point entirely because they have their fingers in their ears. If Jesus Himself appeared to them without reveling His identity, and explained it to them they would continue to argue there deceptions and walk away in the same state they started. The pretrib view is beyond reproach, and not open to scrutiny or arguments against it. You may not see this as truth, but if it is, would you even consider it, or does it just make you mad?
    8) Are they worried because they are not ready?
    Obvious misconception! How many people are you encouraging that they won’t have to go through tribulation. Jesus promises that those who are not prepared to embrace it will immediately stumble Mark 4:17. I’m an evangelist. It is important that fertile soil is cultivated and that the stones are removed so to prepare our brothers and sisters for the coming turmoil coming our direction. The pretrib doctrine has historically caused great apostasy.
    9)Do they love this world so much that they don’t want to leave?
    The satire runs deep here, but think of what you are asking. This is very similar to the question I get asked, “Do you really want to go through the tribulation?” As if what I want defines true doctrine. The truth is never subject to my flesh, or yours. This does show the true colors of the pretrib doctrine as fleshly. This is the foundation of why God gives the deception 2 Thess. 2:9-12
    10)Is their life in this world so good that they cannot give it up?
    Who in their right mind would want tribulation. We run from it, this is why the pretrib doctrine is so well excepted. The fact that this nature of question is asked twice in a row really shows that the true nature of the pretrib doctrine is foundationally based on what people want rather than sound doctrine. Think about it, your duel questions pertaining to this betray that your view is based on your wants(flesh). That reveals deception. The truth hurts… are you hurt, mad? Embrace truth it will set you free.
    11)Believing in a pre-tribulation rapture of the church is a good thing, not a bad thing. What is wrong with being prepared?
    You keep making this connection as if someone were arguing a mute point as in question 7 and 8. If you were to ask rather than state about the goodness or badness of the pretrib rapture doctrine, I could go into great scriptural detail. However I will stick to the question. It does not relate to your statement, but why; Here is where I feel you are not being honest with your question: What is the nature of you being accused of not being prepared? What are you prepared for? Those who are saved get raptured, those who are raptured go to the party! Are you prepared to Party! Most Americans have enlarged there stomachs and they are ready to fill it… bring on the party! Okay, I understand, that’s a judgement call on my part, but fat America (Rev. 3:17) is so far away from any understanding of being pure in Christ, that only tribulation can make white the garments of the saints Dan 12:10. The Chinese Christians pray for persecution to come to America to purify us.
    12)What kind of message do Christians send to unbelievers when we act this way?
    It tells unbelievers that there so many many doctrines of demons in the church today. Christ is returning for a pure bride. When persecution hit the Chinese Church denominationalism fell away, and they became one in unity. The church became pure as we are told tribulation and persecution bring purity Dan 12:10. As long as we are “politically correct” and “seeker friendly” in the church we will be sweeping THE truth under the rug and embrace other truths. For this reason the pretrib doctrine believers tell us that those who oppose them only want to argue. The Calvary Baptist denomination, I am told, carries this view to an extreme, if you don’t believe pretrib, you cant even be a door greeter. Professors who have taught theology in this denomination for years have lost their life long careers because they’ve changed views. Just because a doctrine is embraced, doesn’t make it right. Standing up for righteousness is part of the righteous acts of the saints.
    13) What more do we need to make us believe?
    The truth will set you free.

    I have just one question for you. Jesus said He would come as a thief in the night. For Him to come as a thief, that would require an element of surprise and immanency. If He were to come as a thief for the rapture 1 Thess. 5:3, then the second coming would be declared exactly 7 years later, and loose any element of surprise. As a thief can only have a singular occurence because after the initial break-in his presence is known especially if he tells you he’s coming exactly 7 years later.
    Why then does Jesus declare that He is coming “as a thief” in 2 Peter 3:10 and Rev. 16:15. at the end of the tribulation?
    I’ll tell you why… the pretrib doctrine is a huge fabrication!

  8. Bold and courageous, unbelievable! And on Christmas day of all days!

    Get over it and move on with the commandments of our Lord and Savior my friend. Lead the lost to salvation, feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, do some good in the world, something that will make a difference.

    There are people starving to death, homeless people, people truly being persecuted throughout the world, and you are so worried about when the rapture of the church is?! Forget about it! It does not matter!!!

    Merry Christmas and God Bless!

  9. You just proved everything I said. If I ask you a question, you refuse to answer just like when Jesus said of the pharisees. Instead you redirect the question just as I stated you would. I know the pretrib doctrine is beyond scrutiny. Just making sure your readers know that as well. I am evangelizing as you suggest. My calling is to those who are about to fall away when tribulation comes their way Mark 4:17. Taking the stones out of the stony soil of the pretrib doctrine. May the fertile soil be larger as a result.

  10. Do not judge your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. It’s not about the rapture of the church. It’s about Him, that’s what it’s all about!

    I have been through this so many times I cannot keep track anymore.

    You are not evangelizing, you are tearing down faith!

    God bless!

  11. 1 Cor. 5:12,13 tells us to judge those who are inside the church. Those outside God will judge.
    The pretrib rapture of the church doctrine is a doctrine of devils and should be exposed!
    Do you think Jesus was loosing a debate, and that’s why He resorted to name-calling throughout Matt.23? He wasn’t debating, He was merely exposing the lie and revealing the truth.
    I realize you are incapable of answering any of my reasonable questions, I only had one. The Pharisee’s also had that problem. Jesus told them, “If I ask you a question you will not answer me.” I fully understand the spirit I am confronting here. The pretrib doctrine is protected by the religious spirit, and for that reason I totally expect avoidance, and redirection in your reply as you have fully demonstrated. The question still remains if you’ve the courage to answer it.
    If someone truly seeks the truth, they understand that the answer may not be what they want. It may even hurt. They brace themselves for what they might find. On the other hand those who don’t love the truth, keep things very shallow. Brush anything off that they might deem contrary, and move on. For this reason God puts a strong delusion over them 2 Thess.2:9-12.
    I have actually found a pretrib believer who was actually seeking truth once… very few out there and difficult to find. Your view as I addressed in you questions 9 & 10, reveals that the nature of your pretrib belief is not based in truth, but what you want it to be.
    I challenge you. Do you actually love the truth? Or do you avoid it? If that is the case, you have positioned yourself to be greatly deceived as 2 Thess. 2:9-12 states? The challenge could only be answered by actually searching for the truth and answering the question. Any flippant claim would reveal the latter, as your previous responses have.

  12. It’s not about proving a brother or sister wrong, it’s about love, encouragement, peace, kindness, forgiveness and mercy. It’s about uniting as the body of Christ, not tearing down the body! It does not matter if you believe in a pre, mid, post or no rapture of the church, it does not matter one iota. I do not care which of these you believe in. As for me, I have more important things to attend to such as bringing lost souls to the Lord. He is the one I am committed to, not man and his own wisdom.
    God Bless and have a wonderful New Year!

  13. Another avoidance reply you give.
    Peter tells us how important the correct view of eschatology is in 2 Peter3:16
    Those who don’t get it right, “twist the scripture, as they always do”. That is substantial, it is an indicator of whether or not you are rightly dividing the Word of truth in ALL scripture. That would be all inclusive in everything else we do that is Scripture related. It absolutely does matter that you have the correct view.
    The souls you bring in, what a waste if they all have stony soil! Mark 4:17 tells us that when tribulation and persecution come they will immediately fall. This apostasy is the same that Paul refers to in 2 Thess 2:3 when he speak of the “falling away”. The Greek word is apostasia, which is where we get the English apostate, and apostasy from. This means “turning from the faith”. The pretrib view has twisted this word and said it means “departure”… OH BOY it means Rature! Of course, for the pretrib view to survive, it must mean that in this verse. IT DOES NOT.
    The Chinese church went through great tribulation and persecution this last century. The interviewed leaders who survived are remorseful they had every taught the pretrib doctrine. Their people fell in droves, as Jesus promised would happen in Mark 4:17. They wished that had prepared their congregations for tribulation and persecution that is promised to the believer… John 16:33, and 2 Tim. 3:12. The people you are witnessing to are being taught this exact same lie, and you say it doesn’t matter.
    Wouldn’t you rather want your soil to be fertile than stony? It matters.
    I tear down doctrines of demons, not the body of Christ. No doubt the Pharisees used this same type of reasoning on Jesus, before they crucified Him.

    The Challenge remains… answer the question!

  14. There is no proof of when the rapture of the church will be, if it were so then there would not be any controversy.

    If you find it in your heart to denigrate me for my beliefs, then so be it. I choose not to do so. I have been through this countless number of times and it is a waste of my time. God knows what is in our hearts. He will be the one to judge us. He did not mean for Christians to judge other Christians for beliefs such as the rapture of the church. What he meant was to reprove and rebuke when they sin, such as commit adultery, are a drunkard, prostitute and the such. God will be the judge of us my friend.

    If it is in your heart to continue this towards me then so be it. However this is not how the Holy Spirit is directing me. I am in the middle of a missionary commitment. He is using me in areas to build His Kingdom.

    Let us agree to disagree. We should both be encouraging each other and happy that we are both believers in Jesus Christ. Neither one of us is perfect, nor does either one of us know all.

    God Bless!

  15. You choose not to do so? denigrate? Why don’t you read your own post? You challenge and mock those who don’t take on your belief! Almost every question you ask is a mockery of others belief. I don’t care if you mock me like you have, but I am up to a challenge. You need to put down your offense and respond to the challenge you started.

    Commit adultery, drunkard, prostitute, and such… Rev. 21:8 continues the list, all liars…. the cowardly…

    You started the challenge, don’t be a coward, answer the question.

    I will not agree to disagree. That like saying, “I just look the other way while an abortion is preformed, or a theft takes place, or a bribe is given.” NO evil is evil no matter what form. I will not turn a blind eye! The pretrib doctrine is evil! The devil uses that tool throughout the world to bring about apostasy when persecution hits. Many of my brothers and sisters turn from the faith because someone has the nerve to teach them a watered down Gospel. Your a missionary? I’m afraid to ask the other doctrines you teach. Lets work on this one. Answer the question.

    You are spending a lot of time and energy avoiding the question. Why do you use the excuse that you don’t have the time or energy to answer the question?

  16. You are gravely mistaken. How have I mocked you? How have I denigrated you? I do not teach that the rapture is pre-trib, I only said that is what I believe, and that you and anyone else may believe whatever they desire.
    God is love, respect, kindness. If you are of God like you claim, then please show these fruits.

  17. Your comments are rude, disrespectful and uncalled for and will not be tolerated on this site. If you do not like my opinions, beliefs or views then please go somewhere else. No one has forced you to this website. Any further comments such as these will be deleted.
    God Bless

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