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The Tin Foil Hat Brigade

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 12:38
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By Pete Garcia  /  Rapture Ready

Pre-Tribulation Rapture

You know who you are. You are the person other people tip toe around when it comes to discussing current events or religion. You are the person who can spend hours devouring scripture or news with equal vigor, pointing out ‘last days’ events to anyone who would listen to you. You are semi-shunned at church. You are disinvited from church socials, because you are just too intense and narrow-minded. You are called a ‘conspiracy theorist’ or a ‘Jesus Freak’ behind your back. You are always going on about the Lord’s return and that “Rapture thingy”.  Admit it. You are one of them, one of those “prophecy nuts”.

Isn’t it ironic how that we live in the most prophetically active times since the days of Christ, and yet the world has somehow reached the pinnacle of its skepticism and cynicism? Now, I am not even talking about the unbelieving, Christ rejecting world. They have always been skeptical and mocking of our faith.  But it would seem that the trend these days within the majority of professing Christendom, is to join in on the mocking of those who believe in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture and literal understanding of future events as laid out in the Bible.

When Christ walked the earth, the dominant world super-power at the time was Rome, and they worshipped the god’s such as Dianaand Jupiter. Furthermore, Jesus Himself performed hundreds of miracles, the biggest of which was bringing Lazarus back from the dead, and then resurrecting Himself, after the most brutal, public, and painful death a person could have…being publically flogged, then nailed naked to a cross to suffocate to death.  No faking that.  And yet, the nation was not convinced.

Assessment

For the last 150 years, Christianity has spent a significant amount of time and energy trying to defend itself against secular science and academia. But by spending so much time and energy trying to quantify and validate our belief, we have in large part, neglected the supernatural aspect of our faith; primarily that we worship a God who exists outside of time and space. Even though our faith is not indefensible by any stretch of the imagination, we still believe in things that cannot be tested in a laboratory.

  • We believe in a human soul
  • We believe in a God who is one Being, yet expressed in three separate Persons
  • We believe in an afterlife.
  • We believe in Angels.
  • We believe in a Devil.
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit inspires God’s word.
  • We believe that God spoke the universe into existence.
  • We believe that God flooded the earth in a global flood, saving only eight people.
  • We believe that Moses parted the Red Sea.
  • We believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of the God-Man, Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that the Church age began at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was given.

Yet, why do so many professing Christians find it ridiculous and hard to believe, that the Church age will also come to an end?

Instead, when we bring the idea up that Christ will soon return for His Church and we are relegated to the ‘tin-foil hat’ group who go around promoting conspiracies?  Is Christ’s return for His Bride a conspiracy?

You bet.

However, it is a biblically based one and Satan hates it. In fact, he has invested almost two thousand years trying to debunk it, yet, it will not go away.  What I do not understand though, is that the same Christians who will give credence to the prophecies that foretold Christ’s first coming, seemingly apply completely different standards of interpretation to the prophecies concerning His Second Coming, and thus, become dismissive of them.  Two of the biggest groups of Christian skeptics, are the Preterists, and Amillennialists, who in varying degrees to try say that all that ‘prophecy stuff’ has already happened, and the world will just keep going on in endless cycles.

But considering that all of the prophecies concerning Christ’s First Advent were literally fulfilled, let us use an equal standard of measure concerning Christ’s Second Advent.  To do that, we take Christ’s own words:

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.  John 14:1-3

Now, consider these two points;

In Matthew 26, Christ has been taken and brought before the Sanhedrin, where they are conducting an impromptu and illegal court session, bringing in false witness after false witness, trying to throw anything and everything at Him to see what would stick.  Yet through it, Christ remained silent, letting his accusers hurl their baseless charges at Him.  But at a certain point, the Pharisee’s had become incensed at the lack of His participation…

And the high priest arose and said to Him, “Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?”  But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!”  Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”  Matt. 26:62-64

According to Numbers 23:19God is not a man that He should lie, so Christ here, under oath to Himself, swore that He would return, and even they (those that pierced Him) would see Him coming with clouds and in power and glory.

The Book of Revelation was written in the mid 90’s and here is the message John received on the isle of Patmos, some 35 years after the siege at Jerusalem, and 63 years after His crucifixion;

Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. Revelation 1:7

And since those who had crucified Him had already died, and you and I exist today, wouldn’t that include our eyes?  I don’t know about you, but I know I have not yet seen Him come back as of yet, so this MUST still be a future event, destined and determined to happen by God from before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4-6).

Then we have the Apostle Paul’s epistles, which overwhelming teach an expectant, imminent return of Jesus Christ for those that are His.  We are referred to as a ‘bride’ (2 Cor. 11:2), Christ’s body (Col. 1:18), and simply the Church of God (1 Cor. 10:32).  Therefore, it was Paul’s ministry to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles (Gal. 2:8), and he taught us that Church will not be subject to the coming wrath but will be delivered beforehand (1 Thess. 5:1-9).

For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 1 Thess. 4:15-17

Satan hated Christ’s first coming. God told him about this at the Garden in Genesis 3:15, and ever since, Satan has been invested in trying to corrupt mankind to the point for which a Messiah could not come out of the race of man. But as God began narrowing down which tribe from the race of man the Messiah would come, Satan also began focusing on whom his wrath would target, which we know now was the Hebrews, then Israel, and then the Jews.

However, Christ came and did exactly as prophesied. His coming even confounded the rulers of that age by dying (allowing them to kill Him), so that once and forever, He could secure His victory over sin, death, and hell.

However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1 Cor. 2:6-8

But even more so, Satan hates the fact that Christ will come again, this time to dethrone him as the defacto rule of this age (2 Cor. 4:4). Satan despises the Church, because we are untouchable in regards to our salvation.  But like I mentioned in the previous brief, our eternal security is not going to prohibit Satan from doing his best to render us ineffective. That is the only tool he has left in his kit bag against Christians. Therefore, he has invested much energy in turning the world’s opinion against even the possibility that Christ could/would return.

The Pre-Tribulation Rapture is just the icing on the cake then because when we are caught up, we will be transiting through the air, which is Satan’s domain (Eph. 2:26:12). We will be victoriously paraded in front of the entire satanic host as Christ’s prized possessions of untouchables. In fact, I think that Michael the Archangel makes the announcement with a shout, so that all the angelic hosts of heaven will line our parade. The Rapture will then be a divine rubbing of salt in Satan’s wound. After all, aren’t we supposed to be salt and light? And as much as salt is a preservative, it is also an irritant…and we have been an irritant to Satan and his agenda now for 2,000 years.

The Bible contains literally hundreds of promises from the Lord concerning His coming back to the earth to deliver His people and establish His kingdom here. The only problem is that many professing Christians have quit believing in them and thus have quit looking for the Lord to return.

They have become embittered toward the whole subject and not only are not looking, but do not even want to talk about it. This has always puzzled me, because as Christians our great hope is Christ, and ultimately heaven. Yet many Christians have become all too invested in this life, not realizing that our time here on earth is but a fleeting moment on the timeline of eternity.

We will spend infinitely far more time in the next life than we ever could in this one. Yet so few Christians have invested anything into the next one. They have bought into the skepticism of preterism or the man-centered theology of Dominionism. Many have bought into the notion that we are the kingdom now…despite the world crumbling down around them.  Many have relegated His return as an unimportant or trivial secondary issue, ignoring the passages where Christ chastised the Pharisees for not knowing the times in which they lived (Matt. 16:1-4).  Therefore, the number of faithful, watching believers today continues to dwindle down to a tiny remnant. Even Christ wondered if there would be faith on earth by the time He came back (Luke 18:8).

So knowing what we know from Scripture, Christ will return again one day, first for His Church, and then secondly in judgment with His Church (Jude 1:14; Rev. 19:7-10, 14). Furthermore, even if we are almost 2,000 years removed from when Christ physically walked the earth, the implications are that we have more information now than we ever did to validate our supernatural faith.  As a generation living in the most prosperous nation on the planet, we were blessed with a complete Bible, religious liberty, and the nation of Israel stepping back into history after a 1,900-year diaspora. If believing those things makes me one of those ‘prophecy nuts’ with a sign around my neck, so be it. If it puts me in the “Tin Foil Hat” Brigade, then sign me up, because…

Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.  But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Luke 12:37-40

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  • Greybeard

    And the high priest arose and said to Him, “Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?” But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, ……“I put You under…….. oath …………..by ……………the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” ………….Jesus ……………..said to him,…………. “It is as you said. Nevertheless,…… I say to you, hereafter …………….you will …….see the ………Son of Man……… sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Matt. 26:62-64

    It is as you said. (under…….. oath …………..by ……………the living God) Nevertheless…

    Meaning not him!!!!!11……by his own words……….

    Secondly you have nothing…….and none of you where witness to any of what you claim….nor evidence or reproof of such…..your vines have produced no fruit……

    Most evident is the fact he is giving testimony……….or are you all just thick and stupid???????

    Behold, ………..He..!!!!1……… is coming with ……clouds, and ………every eye ……will see Him, …….even..!!!…….. they who pierced Him. ……….And ……all ……….the tribes ……of the …….earth ………will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. Revelation 1:7

    Meaning…..every eye will see him…..those eyes which are unseen by you!!1….even those who pierced him…..meaning not the jew or you……..and……AND…..all the people of earth mourn because of him…….HE!!!!….. having great power……bringing sorrow and happiness….. I the lord do these things!!!!!!!11

    Isaiah 45:7 I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and …
    biblehub.com/isaiah/45-7.htm
    1.
    2.
    I form light and create darkness, I make success and create disaster; I am the LORD, who does allthese things. Contemporary English Version I create light and darkness, happiness and sorrow. I, theLORD, do all this. Good News Translation I create both light and darkness; I bring both blessing and disaster. I, the LORD

    Having the …..POWER……and……. COMMAND…… over all things….and the armies of above and below……whose armies outnumber the dust……DUST…..of the earth

    So if you are whatever you think you are or jesus…jesus Christ….christ…….then COMMAND!!!!!!!!!…..way you go command the sky to do something….why not wipe out all those that stand against you…….why not prophesize then???????

    Oh that’s right…..complete failure rate…….what‘s that about false prophets again???????

    3 —-”””All””” —- therefore whatsoever they bid you —’observe, [that] observe and do; — but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

    This bit…………… but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not………meaning steal their works of what they say and they will not….but only for the One…….meaning not YOU!!!!!!!

    Hence …….you having no power to wield!!!!!1111……all your false prophets prove that!!!!1….and the fact that you have nothing of anything that you lay claim too!!!1111

  • Greybeard

    For all your edification …………..

    Revelation 5:5
    Verse Concepts
    and one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”

    Define ………..root????///…..being a tree and all………..

    That would be the lowest of the tree correct……that which sits in darkness!!!!!!!1

    Otherwise let’s see all of what you all claim………if you don’t mind

    All these ….. proclamation’s…..by all of you…..

    In English law, a proclamation is a formal announcement (“royalproclamation”), made under the great seal, of some matter which the King in Council or Queen in Council desires to make known to his or her subjects: e.g., the declaration of war, or state of emergency, the statement of neutrality, the summoning or …

    And yet…..no faith “with works”…..no God produced….no fruit produced….in fact nothing at all…..just all your twisted say so with no proof or re-proof…..let alone the answering of questions…….must be hard trying to make intellectuals understand retarded bullshit ….you all spend a great deal of time doing so……still not going to change the fact…you got nothing!!!!!!!…………….not even a better life!!!!

    Alan Schuetz
    I won’t allow drivel to ruin well researched work… I know you guys too well now.
    Matthew 7:6 “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. (NASB)
    FEB 3, 2018, 11:53 PM 0Reply

    Meaning you are not of God!!!!!……..having no power or command….or the faith to do so!!!!!!!1

    Shot down!!!1….by your own hand……….that’s why those sorts of scripture……where LIARS run too!!!!!11111…..traps and snares…..traps and snares!!!!1

    Study the WORD do you????….yeah!!!!…..no you don’t!!!!111

    WOLVES BY SAM TINNESZ FT. SILVERBERG
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fni2-V1kbR8

  • Greybeard

    Daily Scorpio Horoscope, Wednesday, 7 February 2018

    In today’s world things don’t seem to be built to last. Mobile phone companies no longer make indestructible ‘bricks’. They design sleek, delicate devices that last just long enough for the latest model to come out. Then the whole world seems to buy a new one. Large corporations haven’t caught up with the greener, environmentally friendly ethos that grows more prevalent every day. When something is coming to its natural end, though, sometimes the best thing to do is to let it go.

  • Psp

    Well said op!

  • Man

    so tin foil christains states that he doesn’t need to prove his Christian beliefs because he has faith. Then faces the other christians and starts quoting bible verses and stating ideas based on his own faith, convinced that he has it correct and is able to unite the christians.

    While looking outside, other religions use their faith to justify their religions.

    So none of the religions can actually prove that they are right, because they just take it on faith instead of evidence.

  • Crazy times

    “and we have been an irritant to”…many……….. yep so true!!! :cool:

    PTR is on Rock solid ground the Word of God ….Maranatha to those called to His Promise of ESCAPE “as it is written”.

    King James Version
    WATCH YE therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to ESCAPE ALL these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man….Luke 21:36

    [EMPHASIS is mine]

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