So you don't believe in God, and insist the Bible|
is a bunch of fairy tales?
Doomsayers throughout the ages have been trying to convince the world that 'the end' is here - or at least, very near - because of the weird weather patterns, wars, famines, new diseases, etc. Well, "the end" couldn't arrive until most of the Bible prophecies had been fulfilled - and ironically, the Biblical Feasts that Christians are ignoring foreshadow the sequence of events! Take a look at this video if you think things are not getting worse!
For instance, most Christians insist there will be a "pre-tribulation rapture." But please think about this: Man has been undergoing tribulations since he got kicked out of the Garden. Just recently the East Coast of the United States suffered major damage from Hurricane Sandy; and Haiti, New Zealand and Japan underwent major tribulations via horrible earthquakes and tsunamies and the resulting destruction of nuclear power plants that scattered radiation into the atomosphere...and there were Christians in all of those countries! Is that not "tribulation"?
We are IN the end times right now, and things are progressively getting worse - and we're all still here....Nobody has been "raptured out" including those believers who died in the senseless movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, in late July 2012...and the December 2012 killing of 26 people (20 of them little children!)at an elementary school in Connecticut!
For anyone who believes they will be "raptured out" before "anything bad happens to this world," they need to tell it to the people of Joplin, Missouri, who lost 70 percent of their city to a horrendous Category 5 tornado in May, 2011! Or to the people of Louisiana who were once again hit by so much flooding that they had to open some flood gates to destroy smaller towns in order to save New Orleans....
BY THE WAY: There is no such thing as "pre-trib rapture or a "seven year tribulation" - that seven year period mentioned in Daniel is the period after the peace treaty is signed with Israel. According to Scripture Yeshua will return exactly seven years after the Antichrist (whoever that turns out to be) signs a seven year treaty with Israel. In the meantime, we are and will continue to experience "tribulations" around the world. The disasters are coming faster and faster. The Bible tells us that, in the end times, there will be so many that we can't even recover from one disaster before the next one hits....
Daniel 9: 26 Then, after the sixty-two weeks, Mashiach will be cut off and have nothing. The people of a prince yet to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary, but his end will come with a flood, and desolations are decreed until the war is over. 27 He will make a strong covenant with leaders for one week [of years]. For half of the week he will put a stop to the sacrifice and the grain offering. On the wing of detestable things the desolator will come and continue until the already decreed destruction is poured out on the desolator."
The day we hear of someone making a seven year peace treaty with Israel, we'll be able to count exactly seven years until Y'shua's return! (The "antichrist" may or may not be a man; it may simply be the antichrist SYSTEM of the world.)
Hey, people - It's not "global warming"; it's "global warning!"
For our Jewish brethren who refuse to believe that Messiah has already come:
On Yom Kippur - the Day of Atonement - many Jews hope that their sins of the previous year will be "covered" or "forgiven" and their names will be written in the "Book of Life."
The fact is that without the shedding of blood there is neither "covering" nor "forgiveness" of sins; nor is there inscription in the "Book of Life" apart from being redeemed by YHWH Himself. As Scripture says:
Ezekiel 18:4 - "... the soul that sins shall die."
Leviticus 17:11, 14: "For, the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul."
Since there has not been a national Temple in Israel, nor a Levitical priesthood nor sacrifices since 70 AD, your sins remain "unatoned-for" regardless of all the charitable works and reflection that you may do during these "days of awe", because as the great prophet Isaiah said:
Isaiah 64:6 - "Our righteousnesses are filthy rags to Him."
For Jews and Gentiles who think the Bible is a bunch of fairy tales:
The Bible, God's Word, is not only a historical document, but it is also the ONLY document that has accurately foretold world events. Hundreds of Bible prophecies have already come true, and some are actually unfolding before our very eyes right now, as evidenced by the Middle East situation. (Some examples: Ten Bible Prophecies Fulfilled Recently; Ten Prophecies Being Fulfilled Today; Isaiah 53 Foretells Yeshua!; and Isaac and Ishmael.
Yeshua (Jesus) has so far fulfilled the first four of the seven Biblical Feasts, and the next one will be what Christians refer to as "the rapture." Judging from world events that next Feast isn't very far off! Let's examine exactly what IS GOING to happen in the very near future:
- The world as we know it will come to an end. (Deuteronomy 32:23-25; Luke 21:10-12; Revelation 6:7-9; Revelation 18:7-9 ; Deuteronomy 32:23-25; Mark 13:7-9; Revelation 6:7-9; Jeremiah 16:3-5)
- All indications point to the fact that we are very near the "end times". (See End Times Info.)
- Large parts of the earth will be destroyed. (Revelation 8:6-12) There will be earthquakes, famines, and wars such as we have never seen in the history of mankind. Look around you; these things are happening NOW! (Matthew 24:3-14; Mark 13:8; Luke 21:11)
- A man known as the "Antichrist" will appear on the scene to deceive the entire world. He will make peace among the nations, perform "signs and wonders", and deceive the world into thinking he is God. (1 John 2:18; 1 John 2:22; 1 John 4:3; 2 John 1:7)
- He will eventually show his "true colors" and force everyone to take what the Bible calls "The Mark of the Beast". (Revelation 13:7; Revelation 13:13-18; Revelation 14:9-12; Revelation 16:2; Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:4)
- After some years of allowing the Antichrist "free reign", Yeshua will return to defeat Satan and his armies and set up His Millenial Kingdom! Upon His return as King of kings and Lord of lords, all believers in Yeshua will be "caught up in the air", given new bodies, and returned to earth to rule and reign with Christ for one thousand years. (Revelation 19:20; Matthew 24:29-31; Matthew 24:44) More on this below....
Not convinced yet? Read on....
You say that there have always been "doom sayers" and that they were all wrong because the world is still here? Well, perhaps that is because they obviously didn't realize that certain things had to happen before "the end" comes! For instance, Israel had to become a nation once more, which happened in 1948. Because the world briefly felt sorry for the Jews after the Holocaust, the UN decided to return Israel to its rightful heirs - God's Chosen People. (See Genesis 12:3; Genesis 15:18; Jeremiah 30:11; Ezekiel 36:8-10; Matthew 24:9; Joel 3:2; Isaiah 60:15) The "end time" scenario could NOT happen before this event took place!
The Bible also tells us that in the end times, every nation would go to war against Israel. (Isaiah 60:15; Joel 3:2; Ezekiel 36:8-10; Matthew 24:9) Although EVERY nation hasn't gone up against Israel yet, if you have kept up with the news you know that things are certainly being moved into place! The Middle East has been a hotbed on many fronts, the US is one of the ONLY countries in the world to stand by Israel to date, and world antisemitism is steadily on the rise....
Whether anyone chooses to believe it or not, the Bible IS God's Word; it HAS accurately documented the history of creation, the fall of man, the birth of our Redeemer, Yeshua haMaschiach, and it DOES foretell our future. God gave us the choice to believe in Him, or not. For those who choose NOT to believe, He provides the following warning:
Zephaniah 1:18 - Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them on the day of the Lord's wrath; and all the earth will be devoured in the fire of His jealousy, for He will make a complete end, indeed a terrifying one, of all the inhabitants of the earth."
The good news is, there IS a way to avoid that terrible day of the Lord's wrath. Christians have dubbed this miraculous "catching up" of Believers as the "Rapture":
1 Corinthians 15:5 51. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52. Suddenly, as in the twinkling of an eye, at the last shofar, when it will sound; and the dead will arise, without corruption; and we will be changed. (AENT)
1 Thessalonians 4:16 - 16. Because our Master (Y'shua) will himself descend from heaven with the mandate and with the voice of the chief Messenger and with the Qarna (trumpet) of Elohim; and the dead who are in the Mashiyach will first arise; 17. and then we who survive and are alive will be caught up together with them to the clouds to meet our Master (Y'shua) in the air; and so will we be ever with our Master. 18. And so, comfort you one another with these words. (AENT)
1 Thessalonians 5: 9. For Elohim has not appointed us to wrath, but to the acquisition of life by our Master Y'shua the Mashiyach 10. who died for us that, whether we wake or sleep, we might live together with him. (AENT)
According to Scripture, the "Mark of the Beast" will be received on the right hand or forehead.
Revelation 13: 15. And it was given him to put life into the image of the beast of prey; and to cause that all they who would not worship the image of the beast of prey, should be slain: 16. and to cause that all, great and small, rich and poor, bond and free, should receive a mark on their right hands, or upon their foreheads; 17. so that no one might be able to buy or to sell, except those who had the mark of the name of the beast of prey, or the number of his name. 18. Here is wisdom: let him that has intelligence compute the number of the beast of prey; for it is the number of a man: and its number is six hundred and sixty and six. (AENT)
NOTE: In terms of the number of the Beast, the name "Nero Caesar" adds up to a Gematria of 666 in Hebrew and Aramaic. However, this never works in Greek or Latin, as Origen found out to his dismay in the late Second Century. While this book of Revelation is written outside of specific "time" as we know it, the examples and instances of the past and present, ultimately repeat themselves while racing towards their final fulfillment. Although 666 is haSatan's identifying number, the Anti-Mashiyach types also wear this number. Anti-Mashiyach can relate to humans under haSatan's control, those who use positions of power and authority to wreak havoc. Rav Shaul teaches he is the "man of lawlessness" but still a man; 1 Thess. reveals that the man has false divine aspirations. Human manifestations of haSatan are men like Nero, who is a shadow of what is to come. Rome has long been the focal point of evil, so how much more would the Emperor reflect that, especially when he murdered both Rav Shaul (Rabbi Paul) and Keefa (Peter)!)
Although some believe that this "mark" may be directly linked to the microchip implant that is already on the market and in use, we at The Refiner's Fire are of the firm opinion that the "mark" is Islam. Why? Because, from the ever-increasing Muslim terrorist attacks throughout the world and the fact that they are the ONLY people in the world who still behead (Rev. 20:4), it would seem that God is using the Spirit of Islam to usher in His end-time scenario.
Islam seems to be slowly taking over the world....Several years ago, there was a radio program out of Atlanta, Ga., which featured the president of the the Bank of Islam (which in 2005, in conjunction with its Atlanta subsidiary, Crescent Capital, took on the new, joint name of Arcapita - don't be afraid to check out all their world-wide investments which include many U.S. businesses!). The Muslim president of the bank said that Arcapita had started buying up U.S. enterprises such as Church's Chicken (which they have now sold) and the Caribou Coffee chain, to name just a couple - and he emphasized that his bank would NOT be doing business with anyone who didn't conform to Sha'ria Law (Muslim religious beliefs according to the Koran)....
The failing U.S. economy of 2009 played right into the hands of Muslim entities such as Arcapita Bank, with many of our major businesses failing and folding due to the fact that our entire economy runs on credit! What better time for Muslim bankers and investors to capitalize on the utter stupidity and greed of "upper management" types who ran their business into the ground! All this should serve to make Bible literate people realize that if Muslims control the major businesses of the world, and require people who work in those business to bow down to Allah, then those who refuse will lose their jobs and consequently, they will not be able to "buy or sell"....
The bottom line is, that day will come where, unless you convert to Islam and bowing down to Allah and his Koran (thus, taking the "Mark of the Beast"), you may end up beheaded. Scripture goes on to say:
Revelation 14: 9. And another, a third Messenger followed them, saying with a loud voice: If any man will worship the beast of prey and its image, and will receive its mark upon his forehead or on his hand, 10. he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of Elohim, which is poured undiluted into the cup of his indignation and will be tormented with fire and sulfur, before the Set Apart Messengers, and before the throne. 11. And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever; and there is no rest, by day or by night, to those that worship the beast of prey and its image. 12. Here is the patience of the Set Apart believers who keep the commandments of Elohim, and the faith of Y'shua. (AENT)
The Bible clearly tells us that the mark will definitely be issued one day, and that the fate of ANYONE who takes it is certain death! (That certain death is "separation from God forever".) According to Scripture, if you are a believer, you MUST NOT take this mark or you, too, will miss the kingdom of God and suffer eternal torment over this single act of disobedience! Believers, MUST endure to the end to be saved from eternal damnation (Matthew 10:22; Hebrews 3:14; Revelation 2:10,11).
Those who make the mistake of receiving the "mark" and worshiping the beast and/or his image will be deceived by accompanying miraculous signs and wonders:
Revelation 19: 20. And the beast of prey was captured, and the false prophet that was with him, who did those prodigies before him, whereby he seduced them who had received the mark of the beast of prey and who worshipped his image. And they were both cast alive into the lake of fire which burns with sulfur. 21. And the rest were slain by the sword of him that sat on the horse, by that (sword) which issues from his mouth: and all the fowls were satiated with their flesh. (AENT)
Revelation 13: 13. And he brought about great signs, even so as to make fire come down from heaven upon the earth, before men. 14. And he seduced them that dwell on the earth to erect an image to the beast of prey who had the wound from a sword and recovered. 15. And it was given him to put life into the image of the beast of prey; and to cause that all they who would not worship the image of the beast of prey, should be slain: 16. and to cause that all, great and small, rich and poor, bond and free, should receive a mark on their right hands, or upon their foreheads; 17. so that no one might be able to buy or to sell, except those who had the mark of the name of the beast of prey, or the number of his name. 18. Here is wisdom: let him that has intelligence compute the number of the beast of prey; for it is the number of a man: and its number is six hundred and sixty and six. (AENT)
2 Thessalonians 2: - 9. For the coming of that (Evil One) is the working of haSatan with all power and signs and lying wonders 10. and with all the deceptiveness of iniquity in them that perish; because they did not receive the love of the truth by which they might have life. 11. Therefore Elohim will send upon them the strength of a deception that they may believe a lie; 12. and that they all may be condemned who believe not the truth but have pleasure in iniquity. (AENT)
NOTE: The price for not receiving the "love of the truth" is to become overly self-confident in false religion. The "love of the truth" is the spirit of truth which must be sanctified by thought and action. One cannot "love the truth" and, at the same time, break the Commandments.
People who refuse to receive the Mark of the Beast and worship his image, and who obey God's commandments are referred to in the following passage:
Revelation 20: 4. And I saw thrones, and (persons) sat on them, and judgment was given to them, and to the souls that were beheaded for the testimony of Y'shua and for the Word of Elohim: and these are they who had not worshipped the beast of prey nor its image; neither had they received the mark upon their forehead or on their hand; and they lived and reigned with their Mashiyach those thousand years. 5. This is the first resurrection. 6. Blessed and Set Apart is he that has part in this first resurrection: over them the second death has no dominion; but they will be, (and) are, priests of Elohim and of his Mashiyach; and they will reign with him the thousand years. (AENT)
Please understand, the "first resurrection" will not occur until the Mark of the Beast is made available! The first resurrection is for those who have done good and will rise to live, as opposed to those who have done evil and will rise to be condemned (John 5:29). YOU WILL NOT ESCAPE A PERSONAL DECISION REGARDING THE MARK OF THE BEAST THROUGH A PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE!
2 Thessalonians 2: 3. Let no one deceive you in any way because (that day will not come) unless there previously come a defection and that man of sin be revealed; the son of perdition; 4. who is an opponent and who exalts himself above all that is called Elohim and praiseworthy; so that he also sits in the temple of Elohim as a deity and displays himself as if he were a deity. (AENT)
NOTE: The "falling away" or "the Great Apostasy" refers to the fallen state of Christianity as a whole; the original First Century Christian Faith (Christian being a Greek term which referred to Greek followers of Y'shua) was one Faith with the Netzarim Jewish followers of Y'shua. Gentiles were originally being grafted into the Kingdom of Elohim as the "Israel of Elohim" according to the Renewed Covenant. However, even in Paul's day, an all-Gentile church was being birthed, which aimed to throw off Torah and reinvent Mashiyach to put him more in line with Hellenism, polytheism and paganism.
The Bible says that many who remain faithful to Messiah Yeshua and refuse the Mark of the Beast will be beheaded as a result:
Revelation 13: . 7. And authority was given him over every tribe and people and tongue and nation: and it was given him to wage war with the Set Apart believers, and to overcome them. 8. And all that dwell on the earth whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, will worship him. 9. If any one has ears, let him hear. 10. If (anyone) carries into captivity, he will himself go into captivity; and if anyone slays with the sword, he must be slain with the sword: here is the patience and the faith of the Set Apart believers.re is the patience and the faith of the Set Apart believers. (AENT)
There will be many who will accept the mark during the "Tribulation" period. Great pressure will be on everyone to conform to "the ways of the world". Hunger, pain, and miracles from satanic power will deceive many into taking the Mark, but YOU MUST REMAIN TRUE TO GOD, EVEN IF YOU ARE BEHEADED OR GO INTO CAPTIVITY AS A CONSEQUENCE! Your eternal destiny depends on it.
Revelation 12:. 11. And they overcame him, because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony: and they loved not their life, even to death. (AENT)
Matthew 10: 28. And do not have fear of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. Rather, have fear more so of Him who is able to destroy the soul and the body in Gehenna. (AENT)
If ours is truly the generation which is to experience "end times" scenario, which do YOU want to experience - God's inevitable wrath, or the "rapture" which can happen ONLY through repentance and acceptance of our Messiah and Savior, Yeshua!
By the way, if, after having read the above, you STILL believe that God and the Bible are a myth - well, when the end comes and you stand before Him on Judgment Day, at least you won't be able to say "I didn't know!"....
December 2010/January 2011: Devastating floods and mud slides in California, Australia, Brazil and elsewhere around the globe. In the United States, major snowstorms battered the Midwest and East Coast....
New Zealand had not even finished cleaning up from a horrible September 2010 earthquake when another devastating quake hit the second largest NZ city of Christchurch. Looking at this from a biblical perspective, could these quakes have been God's wrath for the outlawing of Kosher meat slaughtering in New Zealand in May 2010? In 2010 neighboring Australia condemned Israel regarding the "flotilla" incident, and several months later, they were hit with massive floods, tsunamis and general devastation.....
Iceland volcano eruption in April 2010 brought intercontinental air travel to a standstill. The 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull were a sequence of volcanic events at Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland which although were not huge in volcanic terms, caused enormous disruption to air travel across western and northern Europe over an initial period of 6 days in April 2010....
Louisiana Oil Spill: The catastrophic explosion that caused an oil spill from a BP offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico has reached the shoreline...and began releasing 5,000 barrels of oil per day. Efforts to manage the spill with controlled burning, dispersal and plugging the leak were unsuccessful...This oil spill is on track to become the worst oil spill in history, surpassing the damage done by the Exxon Valdez tanker that spilled 11 million gallons of oil into the ecologically sensitive Prince William Sound in 1989....
Haiti, 2010: The country had not yet recovered from the havoc wreaked by catastrophic storms in 2008 that left a thousand dead and up to 1 million homeless when a devastating 7M earthquake struck on January 12, 2010. The massive tremor's epicenter was approximately 10 miles southwest from the capital, Port-au-Prince, and at a depth of 6.2 miles and is the most powerful to hit in 200 years....
Hurricane Katrina of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the costliest hurricane as well as one of the five deadliest, in the history of the United States. At least 1,836 people lost their lives in the actual hurricane and in the subsequent floods, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane. Four years later, thousands of displaced residents in Mississippi and Louisiana were still living in trailers....
By the end of 2009, there were 14,286 deaths worldwide from the Swine Flu, with approximately 10,000 deaths in the U.S. alone. In January 2010, several days of the coldest temperatures South Florida has seen in years ruined orange groves, cucumber fields and tropical fish ponds across the state. Parts of Arizona were under four feet of snow. In Southern California, a winter storm flooded roads, caused tornado-like winds and small mudslides in foothill communities. In recent years, countless homes were lost in California due to fire caused by "an unprecedented number of lightning strikes"....
The above represent just a few examples of the disasters plaguing our earth during what the Bible calls the "birth pangs" (Matthew 24:8, Mark 13:8)!
Matthew 24: 3. And while Y'shua was sitting on the Mount of Olives, his disciples drew near and were saying among themselves and to him, "Tell us when these things will be and what is the sign of your coming and the end of the world." 4. Y'shua answered and said to them, Beware, let no man deceive you. 5. For many will come in my name and will say that "I am the Mashiyach." And many they will deceive. 6. For you are bound to hear of revolutions and rumor of wars. Watch out and do not be disturbed, for it is necessary that all these things happen, but it is not yet the end.
7. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines and plagues and earthquakes in different places. 8. But all these things are only the beginning of sorrows. 9. Then they will deliver to afflictions and they will kill you and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. 10. Then many will stumble and will hate one another and will betray one another. 11. And many false prophets will arise and deceive many. 12. And because of the growth of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold. 13. But whoever has patience until the end, he will have life. 14. And this Good News of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.... (AENT)
For more, please see our article, End Times Questions.
Please don't wait until it's too late. Get yourself right with Yahweh TODAY!