Love Wins – The Rapture You Missed (Part 6 of 6)

The Rapture, pre, mid or post, what if it already happened? And you missed it? How would that change your life? Did you know Josephus, the Jewish Historian who wrote “Wars of the Jews” described a rapture of thousands of Jews who were “caught up in the air” in the first century? This historical information (not taught in most churches) may totally change your life…for the better. Learn about the Rapture of 70AD.

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2 thoughts on “Love Wins – The Rapture You Missed (Part 6 of 6)

  1. Hi Gary:

    I first want to tell you how much I have learned from you, your website, and others you have there. I think that your teaching on universal reconciliation is true and wonderful.

    BUT

    I could not disagree with you more about your eschatology.

    It is really amazing hoe a person can be right on, correct on many doctrines but dead wrong on others.

    It seems to me that to maintain your preterist view you have to disregard much of scripture just like others do who disagree with you about UR.

    Well I’ll just continue to keep that baby and throw out the bath water.

    Gary

  2. Well, Gary, I don’t really consider myself a Preterist. That camp has too much other baggage connected with it. But why don’t we put verses in the Bible back into their context and see what happens. Watch:

    Rightly Dividing the “End Times.”

    “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.” (Matt. 24:24, 25)

    “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.” (1 John 2:18)

    “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” (1 Cor. 10:11, KJV, most translations now read “ends of the ages.”)

    “Verily, I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” (Matthew 24:34)

    Bertrand Russell, the famous atheist, in his book “Why I Am Not A Christian,” reveals one of the reasons he could not accept Christianity and the inspiration of the New Testament:

    “I am concerned with Christ as He appears in the Gospel narrative…He certainly thought that his second coming would occur in clouds of glory before the death of all the people who were living at the time. There are a great many texts that prove…He believed that his coming would happen during the lifetime of many then living. That was the belief of his earlier followers, and it was the basis of a good deal of his moral teaching.”

    Russell was right regarding the fact that there are scores of verses in the New Testament which prove Jesus prophesied many things would happen in THAT generation which, according to traditional Christian eschatology did not occur. Because they are convinced these events did not occur yet believe the Bible is an infallible source of information, many ministers have put the fulfillment of these events into the future. But there are too many scriptures stating the time was at hand for these things to be fulfilled to put them into the future without seriously twisting these verses all out of shape. We will see in this article that many Bible translators, editors and publishers have also translated certain key Hebrew and Greek words to conform to their eschatological system rather than remaining true to proper translating standards.

    The Scripture verses at the beginning of this writing were written 2,000 years ago. Most Christians have been taught that we are living in “the last hour” today, in the twenty-first century – that the many “antichrists” are rising up today. That is all I heard for the first 5 or 6 years after becoming a Christian. I swallowed up dozens of dispensational books, audio and video cassettes, sermons, booklets and tracts declaring the end of the world was upon our generation. Everytime I turned on a Christian television program, it seemed they were all on the same page – the end was near. Although I never really fully understood all the different schemes involved in the word “Dispensationalism,” I just assumed the basic idea had to be right – it seemed every Christian television or radio prorgram preached the same thing — they all seemed to be convinced we were living in the generation that would see the return of Jesus Christ in the flesh and a great tribulation which would destroy much of the world.

    But if I had follow the wise words of Miles Coverdale in his introduction of His Bible translation produced in back in the 1500′s, I might not have not followed the crowd. Remember, as far as the examples in the Bible go, the majority is rarely following Christ. Miles Coverdale wrote:

    “It would be a great help to you to understand the scriptures if you note not only what is spoken and written, but of whom, and to whom, at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstances, considering the context of the verse.”

    The context of the verses I quoted at the beginning of this article is clearly the first century. Jesus’ disciples asked how THEY could know (not some generation hundreds of years in the future), what would be the signs of His coming again. According to John, the apostle, he wrote in “the hour.” Dear friend, the “last hour” occurred 2,000 years ago. Paul wrote that the “ends of the world or ages” was at hand IN HIS DAY! (1 Cor. 10:11) As we can see, when we put most of the Scriptures end-time preachers use to say WE are in the “endtimes” into the proper context and ask who is writing or speaking and to whom, about what and when, it becomes plain that the disciples clearly believed they were living in the biblical ‘endtimes,’ the “last days.” The “ends of the world” were upon the disciples during their time on earth. When John wrote his epistles, it was “the last hour” of the “ends of the world.” The antichrists were upon them, the false messiahs and false prophets were everywhere TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO! Until we grasp that we, today, are living BEYOND what the apostles felt was the “last hour,” the “ends of the world,” we will never arrive at a true eschatology.

    If we can take at face value what is plainly and clearly stated in any translation of the New Testament scriptures, that the “last hour” of the “ends of the world” were upon the first century Christians, how does that affect a modern Christian and their view of eschatology? Perhaps I should say, “How SHOULD that affect the modern Christian?

    Keeping Miles Coverdale’s admonition in mind, let’s go from Matthew through Revelation remembering to “note not only what is spoken and written, but of whom, and to whom, at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstances, considering the context of the verse.” If you are the average Christian, you will discover a brand new Bible. You will see things you’ve never seen before. And you will discover why Jesus called the “traditions of men” so powerful that they can make the “word of God” of no effect in one’s life. (Matt. 15:6-9)

    1. Matthew 10:23 Jesus said: “But whenever they persecute you in this city, flee to the next; for truly I say to you, you shall not finish going through the cities of Israel, until the Son of Man comes.” Remember, Jesus is speaking to His disciples. He told them THEY would not go through all the cities of Israel before the Son of Man returns. Surely the early disciples expected Jesus’ return in their own lifetimes, not 2,000 years later. The question is, did He return? Many modern “traditional” teachers and preachers say Jesus didn’t return then. This has caused many people to turn away from Christianity. The famous atheist Bertrand Russell rejected Christianity partially because he felt Jesus was a false prophet. According to a plain reading of Scriptures, Jesus should have returned to the very generation to Whom He was speaking. The traditional church Russell listened to, said Jesus did not return then. It is sad, but true, that the “traditional” teaching of the Church misled him, but not the Scriptures nor Christ. Jesus DID return in the first century just like He said He would.

    2. Matthew 24:34 Jesus said: “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away.” Remember the context. Jesus was telling them about the destruction of the temple and the tribulation which was to befall Jerusalem. Luke 11:49-51 Jesus said: “For this reason also the wisdom of God said, “I will send to them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and some they will persecute, in order that the blood of all the prophets, shed since the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the house of God; yes, I tell you, it shall be charged against this generation.” “This generation” was the very generation to which Jesus was speaking, not some future generation

    3. Matthew 26:64 Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” To Whom was Jesus speaking?

    4. Romans 13:12 The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Do phrases like “night is almost gone” and “at hand” sound like 2,000 years?

    5. Romans 16:20 And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. Again, look at who Paul was speaking to writing in the 40,’s, through the early 60’s of the first century C.E. How long would “soon” be to a person living then?

    6. 1 Corinthians 7:26-3 1 I think that this is good in view of the present distress, that it is good for a man to remain as he is. Again, Paul wrote in the middle of the first century. In the early 60′s Nero began his persecution of the church. That was just the beginning of the major trouble that would befall Israel. Paul knew in his spirit that terrible things would happen in the days ahead. Therefore he advised against marriage because of the pain married life would involve in the very near future such as losing your new spouse and children in the onslaught that was to shortly come.

    7. 1 Corinthians 10:11 “Now these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Who is the “our”
    here? This is clearly speaking of Paul’s generation. And note the time: “the ENDS OF THE AGES!” The New English Bible reads “the fulfillment of the ages has come” which is past tense. Please note the text does not imply a future age.

    8. Titus 2:11-13 “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.” Again, remember, Paul was speaking to the Corinthian church. THEY were looking for the “blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of the great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.” History makes it plain they did see it. The trouble is the modern church is ignorant of first century history so they don’t know how Jesus came.

    9. Hebrews 1:2 “In these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.” Note “last days.” The writer wrote to “Hebrews,” that is, Jews who accepted Jesus (Yeshua) as their Messiah. Surely the writer was speaking of his own time, not 2,000 years in the future.

    10. Hebrews 9:26 “Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation, He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. The word “consummation” means “to complete entirely.” And when does this occur? “Now,” that is, 2,000 years ago.

    11. Hebrews 10:25, 37 “Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near. FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE, HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME, AND WILL NOT DELAY.” The book of Hebrews was written just a few years
    before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD which perfectly fits in to “a little while.” However, 2,000 years is a long delay.

    12. 1 John 12:35 “. . . For a little while longer…”

    13. John 14:19 “After a little while the world will behold Me no more;” “Little while” here is “micros chronos.” It means a little space of time.

    14. James 5:7-9 “Be patient, therefore brethren, until the coming of the Lord. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not complain, brethren, against one another, that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.” Note that the Judge is right at the door to people living 2,000 years ago. James is speaking to people living then.

    15. 1 Peter 4:5 “…but they shall give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead … for the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead.” Peter is probably referring to 1 Peter 3:18-20. The early church indicated through the early creeds that they believed Jesus went into Hades/Hell and preached to sinners who were then released leading captivity captive.

    16. 1 Peter 4:7 “The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.” This end of all things that is at hand is occurring as Peter speaks. This “end of all things” has to do with the end of Israel as a covenant people, not the end of the physical planet.

    17. 1 John 2:8 “On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining” We see there is a transition from the old to something new, from darkness to light. And when is this happening?

    18. 1 John 2:17-18 “And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever. Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen; from this we know that it is the last hour.” If you were one of John’s converts and you read this, would you expect that these things were to happen 2,000 years down the road? The world “is” passing away” which is present tense and that was over 1900 years ago. Many “ antichrists” arose in the first century. Probably more arose in the centuries that followed. Imagine how many “antichrists” are in the earth today. There are literally tens of thousands of denominiations, divisions, sects of christendom in the earth today. Paul strongly condemned denominationalism in his letters to the Corinthians. Apparently, Christians didn’t pay heed to Paul in the centuries that followed even as Christians don’t pay heed to Paul’s warnings against dividing into sects in his own day. (We have an audio tape entitled “AntiChrist” revealed that is very helpful.)

    19. Revelation 1:1 “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must shortly take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John.” When were these things described in Revelation going to take place? Shortly! (While most traditional scholars have placed the writing of the Book of Revelation in the 90’s of the Common Era, some scholars, such as Dr. John A. T. Robinson, believe the book was written prior to the destruction of Jerusalem. They believe Revelation refers to the transition of the Old Testament world to the New Testament world and the destruction of Israel, Jerusalem and the Old Covenant Priesthood written in apocalyptic language. I agree. See “The Redating of Revelation” by Dr. John A. T. Robinson.)

    20. Revelation 1:3 “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.” The Book of Revelation was addressed to 7 real churches. If you were a Christian in one of those churches existing in Asia in the first century, and you read, “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand,” (Rev. 1:3), how would you read “the time is near?”

    21. Revelation 3:10-11 “Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to (Mello) come upon the whole (inhabitable) world, to test those who dwell upon the earth (soil).” Who is the “you” here? The Greek This verse uses the Greek word “mello, which means “about to.” It’s important to note that from the Jewish point of view, “the world” was whereever there was a covenantal person, that is, a Jew. Basically, they were not thinking outside of the Mediterranean region or whereever there was a Jewish congregation. That was “the world” as far as the Jewish writers were concerned.

    22. Revelation 22:10 “And he says to me, seal not the words of the prophecy of this book; because the time is near.” Daniel was told to seal up the words of His prophesy because the time was hundreds of years in the future. Hundreds of years to Daniel was NOT near. But John is told NOT to seal the words of His prophesy because “the time is near.” If hundreds of years is not near in Daniel, then it is reasonable to suspect that a couple thousand years is not near either. Surely, a Jew living in Asia reading the “Revelation of Jesus Christ” would have expected the signs in the book to occur during their time period. The only thing in Revelation, the angel said to seal up because the time was not at hand, was the “seven thunders.” “And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer.” (Rev. 10:2-6, KJV) The King James Bible made a lot of mistakes. Here is a classic one. The Greek does NOT say “that there should be time no longer,” but “there should be no more delay,” that is, the prophecy was to be fulfilled then. The New King James Bible has “there should be delay no longer” which is more accurate. Most English translations have this kind of rendering. The “Inerrant Bible” doctrine that many Christian scholars, Bible teachers and ministers have tried to perpetuate has not been helpful for understanding the Scriptures. Many English Bible translations contain serious translation errors. It is time for serious honesty and no more cover-ups!

    23. Revelation 22:6 “And he said to me, ‘These words are faithful and true and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to show his bondmen the things which must come to pass soon .’” When? SOON! Keep in mind these words were given to a person living 2,000 years ago to be given to seven churches that existed 2,000 years ago who were going through some very difficult times THEN, not now.

    24. Revelation 22:7,12 20 “Behold, I am coming quickly.” Three times in the last chapter of the Bible, Jesus says to the seven churches who are going to read an apocalyptic prophesy addressed to them, I am coming quickly. Many dispensational Bible teachers interpret this phrase as saying, “When I came a long time in the future, that all the events will happen quickly, right in a row.” This interpretation, I believe, is false.

    25. John 16:13 “He will disclose to you what is to come.” Who is John speaking to?

    26. Galatians 1:4 “…that He might deliver us out of this present evil age. . .” Who is “us?” When is or was this “wicked age?”

    27. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 “…and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming (parousia = presence) of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 24. “ …He will bring it to pass…” Remember, Paul is writing to a group of people living in Thessalonica in the first century expecting Jesus’ return in their generation.

    28. 2 Thessalonians 1:6, 7 “… relief to you and us … when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed (Apokalupsis: disclosure) from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire…” Paul included himself in the expectation of this unveiling of Jesus coming with His mighty angels in flaming fire.

    29. John 12:31-33 “Now is the time for judgment on this world, now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto myself.” 32. “But He was saying this to indicate the kind of death by which He was to die.” 33. (In other words, that He would die on a cross.) Here Jesus connects the judgment of the world with Satan being driven out and the entire world being drawn to Him. The word “draw” here is the Greek word “helkuo” which is also used in John 18:10 where John “drew” his sword to cut of the priest’s servant’s ear and in John 21:11 where Peter “drew” a bunch of fish to shore. James uses the word in James 2:6 where rich men “drew” some of the disciples to the “judgment” seats. Jesus is depicted as the “sun of righteousness” with healing in his wings in Mal. 4:2. The sun “draws” water without its permission. I believe that is what Jesus was saying in this verse; that through His death on the cross, He would destroy death in humanity, bring healing to all the waters of humanity by drawing mankind into Himself. Man was condemned to death in Adam without permission. Why does Jesus need permission to heal all those who were forced into death in Adam? He came to “save the world.” That is what He did. Even though most of the world is still in the dark because the church has not taught the truth regarding this, nevertheless, Jesus has become the “savior of the world.” (See the second half of this article for further proof.) The Greek word “nun” translated “now” in this verse means “immediately” and “presently. So when was the judgment to come on the world? Jesus said “NOW!” Should we believe Him? Who is the “prince of this world?” When was he driven out? Was it to be 2000 years in the future? The word “world” in the Greek is “kosmos.”

    30. Luke 18:7 “ …. will He delay long over them?” Delay is the Greek word “tachos,” meaning, “in a very short time,” “a brief space (of time),” “in haste,” “fleet.” In Luke chapter 17, Jesus gave signs connected with the coming of the Son of Man. It would be like Lot’s day. Don’t look back, two men in bed, one taken, one left behind. Two women grinding, one taken, the other left. Eagles (the eagle was the ensign for the Roman Army) gathered together. He told them a parable of a judge constantly bothered by a widow who demanded justice. He gave it to her just to get her off his back. In the same manner, God would grant swift justice to his disciples who will be persecuted in the days ahead and cry for justice. He will grant swift justice.

    I mentioned earlier in the article that Bible translators frequently translate to support their denominational bias. Don’t be fooled by a Bible translation that is produced by many scholars from different denominations. Believe me, these scholars had to make an oath stating they agreed upon certain doctrines before they could participate in the translating process. Furthermore, all translators can be edited by the central committee directly responsible to the publisher. The publisher, in many cases, is primarily interested in making a profit from the sale of the translation. He will not usually allow anything into the new translation that might hinder sales. I am reminded of Dr. George Lamsa who produced the “Holy Bible from Ancient Eastern Manuscripts” His concept of Hell was quite different from the traditional view and his translation reflected his beliefs. Holman Bible, the publisher, would not allow those beliefs in the translation. It was too radical. It would hinder sales.

    The following Greek word, mello, is one of those words Bible translators take great liberty with to conform it to their eschatological views than than what the word really means. We will list many verses not related to our topic of end times to prove that this Greek word does have a meaning of immency and that the scholars are really aware of this because they put that immency into passages not related to end times. After this list, then we will list more immency passages with the word mello in it as further proof that the “end times” of the Bible referred to the last days of Old Covenant which ended in 70AD when Jerusalem and much of Israel was utterly destroyed by the Roman Army.

    Mello

    There are many time statements in the Bible that use the same Greek word, “Mello.”

    Here is Strong’s definition:

    (3195) me>llw, – mel’-lo; a strengthened form of (3199) (me>lw) (through the idea of expectation); to intend, i.e. be about to be, do, or suffer something (of persons or things, especially events; in the sense of purpose, duty, necessity, probability, possibility, or hesitation):

    The following verses come out of the Greek-English Interlinears “Zondervan Parallel New Testament in Greek and English and Tyndale’s “The New Greek English Interlinear New Testament.” The English in interlinears tend to stay closer to the original text than traditional translations.

    John 6:6 “But this He said trying him for he knew what he was about to (mello) do.”

    John 6:15 “Jesus therefore, knowing that they are about to (mello) come and seize him…”

    John 6:71 “But he spoke of Judas Simon’s [son] Iscariote, for he was about to (mello) deliver him up…”

    John 7:35 “Is He about to (mello) go to the dispersion among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks?”

    Acts 32 “And a certain man, his being lame from his mother’s womb, was being carried, whom they placed daily at the door of the temple called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who were going into the temple, who seeing Peter and John being about to (mello) enter into the temple. . .”

    Acts 5:35 “And said to them, men, Israelites, take heed to yourselves as regards these men what you are about to (mello) do, for before these days rose up Theudas, offering himself to be somebody, to whom were joined a number of men … who was put to death, and all … persuaded by him were dispersed.”

    Acts 11:28 “And having risen up from among them, Agabus, by name, he signified by the Spirit, A great famine is about to (mello) be over the whole habitable earth which also came to pass under Claudius Caesar.”

    Acts 13:34 “And that he raised him from among [the] dead, no more to be about to (mello) return to corruption, thus he spoke: I will give you the faithful mercies of David.”

    Acts 18:14 “But Paul, being about to (mello) open [his] mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, If indeed therefore it was some unrighteousness or wicked criminality, 0 Jews, according to reason, I should have borne with you.” Surely Paul wasn’t going to wait 2,000 years to open his mouth.

    There are many examples in the interlinears proving the Greek word “mello” had an imminency about it which many English Bible translations did not bring into English. Here is a list of other verses one can look up in the Interlinears to prove it for themselves:

    Acts 19:27, 20:3, 20:13, 21:37, 22:16, 22:29, 23:3, 23:15, 23:20, 23:27, 25:4, 26:2, 26:22, 27:2, 27:9b, 10, 27:30, 28:6. (There are countless examples in other books of the New Testament. I’ve just listed enough to prove the point of imminency.”

    The following are more time statement scriptures which use the word “Mello” that have to do with what Jesus called the “end.” This word demands a more imminent rendering than what we find in our translations such as KJV, NASB, NIV, etc. We put the imminency back into the verses like the Greek/English Interlinears had.

    31. Matthew 3:7 “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, ‘rood of vipers! Who has warned you to flee from the wrath about to come.’” What wrath was he talking about? Read Josephus’ “War of the Jews,” especially the books dealing with the destruction of Israel, particularly the city of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. It is a sad commentary that most Christians are unfamiliar with how perfectly Jesus’ prophesies were perfectly fulfilled at that time and was accurately described in Josephus’ writings.

    32. Matthew 12:32 “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age about to come.” (also Luke 21:7) Unfortunately, in this passage and many others, the King James Bible and others mistranslated “aion” as “world” thus creating the “unpardonable sin.” There is no such thing as an unpardonable sin.

    33. Matthew 16:27 “For the Son of man is about to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.”

    34. Matthew 24:6 “And you are about to hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

    35. Mark 13:4 “Tell us when will these things be? And what will be the sign when all these things should be about to be accomplished.” NIV says “about to be fulfilled.”

    36. Luke 3:7 “Then He said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath about to come.”

    37. Luke 19:11 “Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God was immediately about to be manifested.”

    38. Luke 21:36 “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things which are about to come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

    39. John 14:22 “Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, ‘Lord, what has occurred that to us you are about to manifest yourself and not to the world?’”

    40. Romans 5:14 “but death reigned from Adam until Moses even upon those who had not sinned in the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a figure of the one about to (mello) come.”

    41. Romans 8:13 “For if according to flesh you live, you are about to (mello) die.”

    42. Acts 17:31 “because He has appointed a day in which He is about to judge the habitable world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”

    43. Acts 24:25 “Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self¬control, and the judgment about to be, Felix was afraid and answered, ‘Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.’”

    44. Acts 26:22-23 “I have stood bearing witness both to small and to great, saying nothing else than what both the prophets and Moses said was to happen, whether Christ should suffer; whether first through resurrection of [the]dead is about to announce light to the people and to the nations.”

    45. Romans 4:23 & 24 “Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also on account of us to whom it is about to be imputed, who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead,”

    46. Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory about to be revealed in us.”

    47. Romans 8:38 “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things about to be, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

    48. 1 Corinthians 3:21 & 22 “Therefore let no one glory in men. For all things are yours: 22. whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things about to come all are yours.”

    49. Ephesians 1:20-21 “which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated at His right hand in the heavenlies 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one about to come.”

    50. Colossians 2:17 “…which were a shadow of things about to come, but the substance is Christ.”

    51. 1 Thessalonians 3:4 “For in fact, we told you before when we were with you that we were about to suffer tribulation, just as it happened, and you know.”

    52. 1 Timothy 4:6 “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.” Paul died right after this.

    53. 1 Timothy 4:8 “For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is about to come.”

    54. 1 Timothy 6:18 & 19 “Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, 19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time about to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”

    55. Hebrews 1:14 “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those being about to inherit salvation.”

    56. Hebrews 2:5 “For He has not put the world which is about to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels..”

    57. Hebrews 6:5 “and have tasted the good word of God and the power of the age about to come.”

    58. Hebrews 9:11 “But Christ came as High Priest of the good things about to come.”

    59. Hebrews 10:27”but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation being about to consume the adversaries.”

    60. Hebrews 13:14 “For we have no continuing city, but we seek the one about to come.”

    61. James 2:12 “So speak and do as those being about to be judged by law of liberty.”

    62. 1 Peter 3:22 “Christ who is at the right hand of God, having gone into the heavens after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.”

    63. 1 Peter 4:13 “but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation.” Who was suffering? Who would rejoice?

    64. 1 Peter 4:17 “For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”

    65. 1 Peter 5:1 “The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also partaker of the glory about to be revealed:”

    66. Revelations 1:19 “Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which are about to take place after this.”

    67. Revelations 3:10 “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which is about to come upon the whole habitable world, to test those who dwell on the land.” (Keep in mind, to the Jews, the habitable world was considered whereever there was a covenant man, that is, a Jew.)

    Honestly now, do these Scriptures sound like they are going to be fulfilled in two thousand years, or were they imminent at the time they were spoken? The number of these statements is overwhelming, too many to ignore or dismiss lightly.

    A Wicked And Adulterous Generation

    Jesus made several references to a “wicked and adulterout generation.” When would this generation live? What would happen to this generation? Which generation saw the birth and death of the Messiah of Israel? Jesus said, “… I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (Matt. 15:24)

    “A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.” (Matt. 16:4)

    “Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But he answered and said unto them, an evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: for as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Matt. 12:38-40)

    “The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, when it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, it will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed. (Matt. 16:1-4, KJV)

    “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38, KJV)

    After a volley of woes to the scribes, lawyers, Pharisees and Sadduccees who were trying to trap Jesus with words, He said to them:

    “Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres. Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; from the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, it shall be required of this generation.” (Luke 11:48-51, KJV)

    While Dispensationalists break up Jesus’ discourse in Matthew 23 and 24, part being fulfilled 2,000 years ago and part being fulfilled many generations in the future, the text does not warrant such a division; all of Jesus’ words were perfectly fulfilled in that very generation that sought a sign and was given the sign of Jonah, that is, Christ’s three days and nights in the belly of the earth. This very generation, this wicked and adulterous generation would receive a most severe judgment:

    “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.” (Matt. 23:37-38)

    Was it not that very generation that received His apostles and prophets? Was it not that very generation that sought signs? Was it not that generation that saw the “sign of Jonah?” Was it not this last generation of Jews born under the Old Covenant who saw the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah of Israel?

    Josephus, the Jewish historian and priest in his “War of the Jews,” especially chapters 5 and 6 details for us how terrible the judgment was that came to “this wicked and adulterous generation” who killed his apostles and prophets. Nothing in the history of the Jews has ever come close to the catastrophe that came upon the nation of Israel. Just a few of the many events: Over 1,100,000 were killed, 100,000 sold into slavery, 30,000 were forced to build the Roman Coliseum in which Christians would be butchered; they were no longer God’s Covenant people; the Mosaic Priesthood was abolished; the city of Jerusalem and the Temple were burned and razed to the ground; after the second revolt they were no longer allowed to enter Jerusalem at the pain of death; the genealogical records were destroyed thus ending the ability to choose priests; thousands of Jewish women were raped; their exalted position among Roman Caesars ended; the Holy Spirit moved from the Jewish people to another people, etc.

    Was all this not prophesied by the prophets of Israel? Did not Moses foretell the end of those under the Mosaic Covenant?:

    After 40 years in the wilderness, Moses who gave Israel the Mosaic Covenant, the Old Covenant, a covenant of blessings AND cursings for the nation of Israel before His departure from this earth prophesied about 3500 years ago:

    “Take this Book of the Law, and put it beside the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there as a WITNESS AGAINST YOU. For I know your rebellion and your stiff neck. If today, while I am yet alive with you, you have been rebellious against the LORD, then how much more after my death? Gather to me the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their hearing and call heaven and earth to witness against them. For I know that after my death you will become utterly corrupt, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you. And evil will befall you in the latter days, because you will do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger through the work of your hands.” (Deut. 31:26-29)

    The generation to which Jesus came was that last generation of the “latter days.” It was the generation which would end the Mosaic Covenant.

    James Hartline,who collected many of the verses in this article), noted “that the great tribulation can only happen once, because it says ‘for then there will be a great tribulation such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall.’ That precludes more than one fulfillment of the great tribulation, but the time statement I had overlooked was the word ‘now.’ It designates that period as a pivotal time for the occurrence of the great tribulation. Although Jesus had said ‘then’ earlier in this scripture, the word ‘now’ nails it down to the transition period between the past and the future.” Endquote.

    Greg Kiser, an excellent student of the Bible notes:
    “There is a difference in that the KJV says ‘until this time,’ and the NASB says ‘until now.’ So this led me to the Strong’s Concordance. I looked up the word ‘time’ listed for that verse and here is what I found: The Greek word was ‘Kairos’ {2540} and the meaning: occasion, i.e. set or proper time. Then I looked up ‘this’ to see what they had for it. It was the word “nun” {3568} which means ‘now,’ as adverb of date, a transition or emphasis, ‘present or immediate.’ Since this word meant “now,” I wondered what the word “time” was doing there, so I looked in the Greek text and it wasn’t there. The word “kairos” is not there at all.

    This is a Strong’s mistake, of taking the KJV and listing a word that wasn’t in the Greek text. Actually in the Greek text it says: ‘until the now.’ It designates a present or immediate event. It is definitely another of the many time statements. We have listed sixty-seven (67) of them here, there are likely many more in the Bible.” End of Greg Kiser Comment.

    Let us review some of these time-statements in a briefer form. It takes some repetition sometimes to break down a former false teaching etched in one’s mind:

    “You shall not finish” going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.” Matthew 10:23.
    “’This Generation’” shall not pass until all these things take place.” Matthew 24:34
    “Will He delay long over them?” Luke 18:3 1. (Delay is the Greek word “tachos,” meaning, “in a very short time,” “a brief space (of time),” “in haste,” “fleet.”)
    “…some standing here who shall not taste death until they see the kingdom of god.” Luke 9:26.
    “…you may have strength to escape all these things that are ‘about’ to take place.” Luke 21:36.
    “Now is the time for judgment on this world, now the prince of this world will be driven out.” John 12:31.
    “For yet a very ‘little while’ longer the light is among you.” John 12:35. (A little while here is NOT 2,000 years.)
    “…and the God of peace will soon crush satan under your feet.” Romans 16:20.
    “…knowing the that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep;” Romans 13:11.
    “…the night is almost gone, and the day is at hand.” Romans 13:12.
    “…in view of the present distress.” 1 Corinthians 7:26-3 1.
    “…upon whom the ends of the ages have come.” 1 Corinthians 10:11.
    “…Maranatha.” l Corinthians 16:22. According to Strong’s Concordance, the word Maranatha means “an exclamation of the approaching divine judgment.”
    “…that He might deliver us out of this present evil age…”Galatians 1:4.
    “…we who are alive and remain,” 1 Thessalonians 4:15. (Can you see that he is not talking about us in the 21st century? He said “we” who are “alive” and remain, not “those” who are alive and remain.)
    “…and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming (parousia = presence) of our Lord Jesus Christ, ” 1 Thessalonians 5:23. (Notice that when he said “your” body he was speaking to specific individuals of Thessalonica, not to some future generation. He expected, correctly I might add, that the coming would be in his generation.)

    Look at this one:

    “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus;” Titus 2:11-13. (Note: The us in this verse refers to Paul’s day, not ours. Also note this “salvation” comes to “all men.” The reason we have a difficult time believe such verses as fulfilled is because we have all been poisoned with “traditions of men” and “doctrines of demons” which we have accepted as truth. So when the real truth is presented to us, it appears false because it contradicts what we have been taught and have accepted as truth.)

    Let’s drive it home once again. These verses where written in the first century to Christians that were waiting for something. When were these days? When did THEY expect these things to be fulfilled? Did Jesus and the apostles lie to them? Or have we been deceived or lied to by Bible teachers and preachers who have taken dozens of verses out of context, out of their time and concocted all sorts of end-time scenarios that have nothing to do with the Scriptures?:

    “…in these last days…” Hebrews 1:2.
    “Now once, at the consummation…” Hebrews 9:26.
    “…the day drawing near (approaching),” Hebrews 10:25.
    “For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will
    not tarry.” Hebrews 10:37.
    “…the coming of the Lord is at hand,” James 5:8-7.
    “The judge is standing right at the door,” James 5:8-7.
    “The end of all things is at hand,” 1 Peter 4:7.
    “…true light is already shining,” 1 John 2:8.
    “…the world is passing away…” 1 John 2:17-18.
    “…it is the last hour…” 1 John 2:17-18.
    “…from this we know that it is the last hour,” 1 John 2:17-18.
    “Shortly come to pass,” Revelation 1:1.
    “…for the time is near,” Revelation 1:3.
    “…or else I will come unto thee quickly,” Revelation 2:5,2:16.
    “…hour of testing …which is about to come…”Revelation 3:10¬, 11.
    “…time is near,” Revelation 22:10.
    “…must come to pass soon,” Revelation 22:6.

    Read Revelation as if you were a member of one of the seven churches to whom the book was written, for whom the book was to be a blessing. See if you would read the book much differently than a Christian living thousands of years later. Remember, the book was full of visions which “sign”ified things that must “shortly come to pass” about a Jesus who would “come quickly.” The wording of Revelation was clearly in such a manner that those reading it should expect the fulfilment of those visions in their lifetime. If you were living during the Nero persecution of Christians living under tremendous stress for your beliefs, being persecuted by both the Roman government and Jews, how would you interpret the visions in the light of the fact the book contains the following time elements. (By the way, 666 perfectly fits “Caesar Nero” in the gematria.) Read Josephus’ “War of the Jews,” books five and six. The information about the destruction of the temple and Israel contained in this Jewish historian/priest’s writings perfectly dovetails with the prophetic utterances of Jesus and His apostles and disciples. What would “I am coming quickly!” mean to you if you were living when the Book of Revelation was hand delivered to the churches to which it was addressed?

    “…I am coming quickly,” Revelation 22:7.
    “And behold, I am coming quickly,” Revelation 22:12.
    “Surely, I am coming quickly.” Revelation 22:20 (Greek nai means yes, indeed or surely)

    The above list is not exhaustive. There are scores of other verses that make it quite plain that Jesus and the apostles prophesied and expected many more things to occur in the first century than modern day pundit prophets expect to happen any moment.

    Jesus had a difficult time explaining the kingdom of God to His disciples. They expected the same thing the Pharisees, Sadducees, lawyers and scribes were teaching, that is, a political/military Messiah who would deliver Israel from Rome and establish His throne in physical Jerusalem. But Jesus came to bring a different kind of kingdom than they expected. When they wanted to make Him king, He rejected their offer because that was NOT His Father’s plan for His life:

    John 18:36, Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting that I might not be delivered up to the Jews, but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”

    Jesus told his disciples:
    “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; 21. nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20.

    There are millions of Christians today who have been led astray in the same manner as the Jews were led astray by their leadership. Millions of Christians, who follow the endtime prophets for profit like Tim LaHaye, Jack Van Impe, Billy Graham, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, John Hagee, C.I. Scofield, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Paul Crouch, Hal Lindsey, Clarence Larkin, J.N. Darby, W.E. Blackstone, John F. Walvoord, Edward Irving and thousands of others, have lost the riches of the kingdom within due to unbelief by following the traditions of men that have made the word of God of no effect in their lives. The kingdom of God is not meat nor drink; it’s not about a physical throne in physical Jerusalem. The dispensational teachings of the modern church, whether it be pre, mid or post tribulation or whether it be amilleniam, post-millenial, or historic have blinded the eyes of countless Christians who through unbelief are serving the flesh and carnal things rather than the things of the Spirit.

    Colossians 1:27: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

    This last verse, while most of the world, as well as the church is dead to it, has opened a kingdom that is growing right before the eyes of the six billion souls on this earth. For those who have eyes to see it, it is marvelous in their eyes. As Tyndale said before his martydom, “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes,” I say, “Lord, open the eyes of those who say they are your people! Open our eyes, Lord. Let us see and enter the kingdom in which is abundance of life, joy and peace! It is here. It is now. Open our eyes. Amen!”

    So the next time you dig into your Bible translation, remember, “It would be a great help to you to understand the scriptures if you note not only what is spoken and written, but of whom, and to whom, at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstances, considering the context of the verse.” And here is a valuable piece of advise which we all have a tendency to forget which comes for Jesus: “When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” (John 16:13) And be careful not to become like some of the Bible students in Jesus day who, “diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life (zoen aionian). These are the Scriptures that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.” (John 5:39-40) Knowing the Bible intimately does not bring life, anymore than memorizing love-letters from a loved one overseas. Jesus is interested in having a relationship in which we are able to reproducing His life. A husband and wife cannot produce life through love letters to each other. Neither can a Christian produce the life of Jesus in this world without intimate contact with the Living Word. Scripture memorizing, regardless of which translation one uses, will never produce the life of Christ in a human being. Communion, contact, intimacy with Jesus through the Holy Spirit is the only way that can come about. “And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3) In the Old Testament, when Abraham “knew” his wife, Sarah, they conceived a child. That is the kind of intimacy Jesus is after in the life of a Christian. Anything less is idolatry. Anything less is adultery. Anything less is mere religion. Jesus is after relationship, not religion. Religion is death, even the thousands of denominations of Christianity. KNOWING intimately the One of which Bible translations are speaking is the Christlife. Anything less is sin.

    Your English Bible translation is NOT “the word of God,” no matter how well it is translated. The “word of God” is a “Living Word,” not a “dead letter which kills.” Jesus is the word of God (John 1:1-5; Rev. 19:13; John 17:8). The “Seed” (Greek spermata) which brings forth children unto Jesus is a Living Word, not a chiseled or written word. But that is for another article. There are many “traditions of men” which have been sown into the hearts of men and women since the days of the apostles. Tens of thousands of different denominations of Christianity attest to the great number of false teachings which have been scattered among Christians to divide them from each other. And each member within each denomination has blinded themselves to the fact that they have divided themselves from Jesus’ prayer that His disciples be ONE! They will not leave their denominations because they believe they are in the right one thereby perpetuating the divisions and rendering the body of Christ powerless. This is exactly what Satan wants and Christians are more than happy to comply for the sake of the lies that hold them in bondage. But some of you will read this article and something will awaken inside of you. If that is what is happening to you right now, I’d like to hear from you. Email me. Peace, Gary Amirault

    (This article is just a basic introduction to the dismantling of the eschatological systems presently believed by much of the church. There are scores of books on this subject. I have over 100 of them in my library. If you want more information on this most important subject, write me. We do have one excellent book on this subject on our tentmaker.org site entitled “Prophesy Fulfilled.”)

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