Faith, Belief, and Works

What is the Difference between Faith and Belief?

What does Works have to do with Faith?

In fact, faith is belief.  Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of the English Language gives twelve possible definitions of the word faith. The very first is this:

FAITH:
1. Belief; the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, resting on his authority and veracity [habitual verification of truth], without other evidence; the judgment that what another states or testifies is the truth.”

Webster’s second, third and fourth definition points for the word faith:

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Choosing Friends

Is it really important to choose our friends carefully, or should we “hang out” with anyone and everyone? Should we base our decision upon whether or not a potential friend is a popular person, or is a scholar, or is wealthy, or is an important public official? Should this person be full of worldly wisdom—such as evolution, transgender, or other philosophical “facts”? In answering this question, we should be honest with ourselves and reflect on our past relationship experiences to confirm the truth of the Scriptures.

Companions who do not apply peer pressure to lead a person astray, but rather make a positive impact on one’s future, are the kind of friends to choose. The Lord Jesus asked His Father the following for His future apostles:

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New Heavens and New Earth

The first thing to understand about the new heavens, as noted here and in the title, is the plurality. There are three heavens, but only two will be destroyed and the third is the highest heaven where the Lord Jesus is presently located—seated at the right hand of the Father.

Mark 16:19   So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.

Acts 1:9   Now when He had spoken these things, while they [His eleven] watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

Hebrews 12:2   looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The Savior is waiting there at the Father’s right hand to obey the command to return to the heaven which is immediately above this earth. There, He will gather His Church body together.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17   16For 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. 17Then 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.

From these passages in Mark, Acts, and 1 Thessalonians, we have established the possibility that there are at least two heavens. To confirm there are three, we go to 2 Corinthians 12:1-4 as Paul the apostle is likely, humbly, describing his own experience:

2 Corinthians 12:1-4   It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord: 2I know a man [probably Paul himself] in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven. 3And I know such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— 4how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Apparently the first heaven is the earth’s immediate atmosphere with oxygen, gravity, the clouds, and blue sky. The second heaven contains the planets, stars, galaxies, and beyond.

The third heaven is the place where the Father and Son are seated on the throne. Steven explains:

Acts 7:47-50   47“But Solomon built Him a house. 48However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says: 49Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. What house will you build for Me? says the LORD, or what is the place of My rest? 50Has My hand not made all these things?’”

It is confirmed, there are three heavens. But now what about the new heaven and new earth? The first two heavens—earth’s atmosphere and the stars and galaxies, will be destroyed; they are temporary. But the third heaven is where God is presently dwelling. The Lord is quoted:

Isaiah 65:17-19   17“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. 18But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, and her people a joy. 19I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in My people; the voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, nor the voice of crying.”

Matthew 24:29   “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”

Revelation 6:13 previews in present tense what John prophesies for the future:

Revelation 6:13-14   13And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.

Revelation 8:10   Then the third angel sounded [the third trumpet]: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water.

2 Peter 3:10-13   10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Psalm 102:25-27   25Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. 26They will perish, but You will endure; yes, they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak You will change them, and they will be changed. 27But You are the same, and Your years will have no end.

Isaiah 66:22   “For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the LORD, “So shall your descendants and your name remain.”

Following the Millennial reign and Great White Throne Judgment, God will create a new heaven, a new earth, and a New Jerusalem:

Revelation 21:1-2   Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2Then, I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

All Scripture quoted is taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

What is Revealed about Jesus Christ in the Book of Revelation?

The title of the last Book in the Holy Bible is The Revelation of Jesus Christ. The Book consisting of 22 chapters, reveals that the Lord Jesus Christ is Almighty Jehovah God, spiritually equal to the Father and the Holy Spirit. Authoritatively, Christ the Son obeys every command of the Father, and the Spirit obeys both the Father and the Son. But, as for the Church and for the coming Millennial kingdom on earth, the Father gives to His Son the throne and authority to judge and reign.

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When will the Second Coming of Christ happen?

The First Coming of Christ—sometimes referred to the First Advent—was when that which [was] conceived in [Mary was] of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:20b). JESUS, being fully God and fully Man, was actually present here on this earth for thirty-three years.

Therefore, the Second Coming—or the Second Advent—will happen when the Lord Jesus returns and will actually be present here on this earth for the second time. This will happen at the end of the seven-year Tribulation Period—a time appointed by God to begin after the Rapture.

The Second Coming is not to be confused with the soon coming Rapture. The Rapture, defined, is not an advent; rather it is an event. Jesus Christ will rapidly transport—a violent but pleasing event—snatch away—take up into the air—all believers of His universal Church. In this “taking up” the Lord Jesus does not come back to this earth. Instead, He gathers all the believers of the Church Age (Pentecost to time of Rapture) in the air.

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What is the Millennial and who will reign during the Millennial?

The Millennial refers to the one thousand year reign of Jesus Christ with His Church. This will come soon after Christ’s Second Coming ending the war of Armageddon. So the Millennial will be between the end of the Tribulation Period and the Great White Throne Judgment. The Second Coming—not to be confused with the Rapture—will be the second time the Lord Jesus puts His feet on this earth. The reason the Rapture is not called His Second Coming is because He will come only as far as the atmosphere, and then He will take up and gather together the souls of His Church, both those who’ve died and are in heaven, and those who are alive on this earth. Their destination will be God’s kingdom—heaven. His Second Coming is recorded in Revelation 19:

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What is the War of Armageddon and when does it take place?

Revelation 16:16  
And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.

This is the one and only time the word Armageddon is found in the Bible. As the verse indicates, it is a place. Armageddon is the site of the battle that will bring the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to this earth to capture the Antichrist, false prophet, and all who will take the 666 mark of the beast and those who will worship his image.

Following the Rapture of the Church believers to heaven, the Antichrist, striving for a one-world government, will make a peace treaty with many nations of the world, but not all nations will agree. This treaty will begin the seven-year Tribulation period.

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What does “Babylon the Great” Represent?

Babylon of the past is a shadow of the Babylon to come in the seven-year Tribulation period. Babylon was an empire—also called Chaldea for the influential southern portion of the Babylonian Empire. One of the empire’s major cities was called Babylon. Before being destroyed, Babylon was a provincial capital city of the great Chaldean, or Babylonian Empire. In the future, Babylon is the name given for the capital of the one-world government of which the Antichrist will endeavor to rule (Daniel 11:41; Revelation 13:7).

The beginning of the kingdom of Bābel (Hebrew for Babylon) traces back to three generations after Noah circa 1246-1206 BC. Noah begot Ham, then Ham begot Cush, and Cush begot Nimrod (Genesis 10:1-8):

Genesis 10:8
Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth.

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What is the Difference between Shēōl, Hell, Hādēs, and the Lake of Fire?

According to the Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, in the Old Testament (OT), the words Shēōl and hell are interchangeable. When looking for interpretation of the word Shēōl the inquirer is directed to the word hell. The margins in the OT, in most cases, also translate the word hell to the word Shēōl.

The two words together in the completed Canon are found a total of fifty-four times.

The Bible refers to the label Lake of Fire only five times, and all these five are in the last Book: The Revelation of Jesus Christ. And these five times mentioned are only in the last three of the four last chapters of the Book: Revelation 19:20; 20:10, 14, 15; 21:8. One of those—Revelation 20:14—confirms that the lake of fire is the ultimate destination for those who have been in Shēōl, Hādēs, or hell, awaiting their final judgment.

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What are the Seven Plagues?

The seven bowls containing the plagues are emptied in sequence, rapidly—in a short period of time. The plagues are judgments and are somewhat parallel to the plagues on Egypt (Exodus Chapters 7 through12) and to the trumpets (Revelation Chapters 8 and 9). The contents of the bowls are more total and universal in their effects than were the trumpets, and generally affect people more directly. What follows are the plagues released by the trumpeting angels and from the seven bowls compared to the plagues which God released upon Pharaoh—and how the offenders spoken of in Revelation will not repent and how God kept hardening Pharaoh’s heart in Exodus. God’s warnings are consistent:

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A CHRISTMAS PRAYER

GOD GRANT YOU THE LIGHT IN CHRISTMAS,
WHICH IS FAITH;

THE WARMTH OF CHRISTMAS,
WHICH IS LOVE;

THE RADIANCE OF CHRISTMAS,
WHICH IS PURITY;

THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRISTMAS,
WHICH IS JUSTICE;

THE BELIEF IN CHRISTMAS,
WHICH IS TRUTH;

THE ALL OF CHRISTMAS,
WHICH IS CHRIST.

-Wilda English-   

“….the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)



Wishing God’s greatest gifts
for you and your family,

Mike and Elfriede

What will the Angels do with the Seven Bowls?

The word bowls in some versions is translated from the word vials which we read in the KJV. Vial comes from the Latin word phiala, and it can be a broad shallow cup (phial)—or bowl. This suggests it can be emptied rapidly. The emptying of the bowls represents the final series of judgments whereby God’s full wrath is poured out upon the wicked nations:

Previous to the seven bowls will first be the seven seals, which only the Lord Jesus is worthy to open. The seals reveal the beginning of wrath. After the seven seals, the angels will be appointed to sound the seven trumpets which portray the forthcoming expansion of God’s wrath due to the people not heeding the previous warnings. The prophecy is written by John in past tense since he writes of what he saw in the God-given-vision:

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What is the Meaning of the Seven Thunders?

The word seven is in the Bible 465 times. Most frequently it is found in the Book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ. There, this word seven is found 48 times. We read of seven churches, seven Spirits of God, seven golden candle sticks, seven lampstands, seven stars, seven lamps of fire, seven seals, seven horns, seven eyes, seven angels, seven trumpets, seven thunders, seven thousand people, seven heads, seven crowns, seven plagues, seven vials—or bowls, seven mountains, and seven kings.

The word seven, described by W. E. Vine, generally expresses completeness. Although used by John the apostle in the Book of Revelation, the word seven is not found in the Gospel of John. This special numeral can also mean full, abundant; perfect completion.

The two-word term seven thunders appear only three times. All these three are in Revelation 10 verses three and four. This chapter creates a pause between the sounding of the sixth and seventh trumpets, because God’s judgment is about to be greatly intensified. Further and more severe disasters are pending and imminent as the prophesy progresses toward the end of end times. The sixth angel had sounded his trumpet in Revelation 9:13, but the seventh angel will not sound his trumpet until Revelation 11:15. The break between these last two trumpets is given in the eleven verses of Chapter 10:

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What is the Meaning of the Seven Trumpets?

When we read in the Book of Revelation about the opening of the seven seals, the sounding of the seven trumpets, the pouring out of the vials—or bowls; these, in our present age, are strong, vivid warnings of what wrath lies ahead. But shortly beyond present time, these are no longer future; these prophesies are being fulfilled “right now” during the Tribulation period. As each trumpet is sounded, tragedies progressively get worse and worse.

Beginning where Revelation chapter 6 left off, the seventh seal probably contains the seven trumpets. When that seventh seal is opened, the tribulation situation will become much more serious. This fact is pointed out in the first verse of chapter 8. Of course the timing of each action is given in past tense since John the apostle is writing about the vision the Lord had given him:

When He [the Savior] opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. (Revelation 8:1)

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10 COMMANDMENTS for BIBLE STUDY

We posted this last year November but think that with regard to the pandemic; and politicians, governors, and mayors trying to exert their power; and earthquakes, hurricanes and wild fires raging the world; it would be helpful to be reminded how to rightly divide God’s Word.

The article below was written by Rick Morse in the Nov-Dec 2019 issue (pg 4+5) of Cornerstone Magazine. We hope you enjoy it.


10 COMMANDMENTS for BIBLE STUDY

“Be diligent to present thyself approved to God –
a workman irreproachable, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15, (Young’s Literal Translation)

In His wisdom, our God has placed what we might consider three “sentinels” in His Word – one at the beginning, one in the middle, and one at the end (Deut. 4:2; Prov. 30:5- 6; Rev. 22:18-19). It is to warn all who read it to neither add nor take away from what He has chosen to reveal. He also inspired Paul to exhort Timothy to study the Word of God with diligent care, to pursue an orderly and consistent approach to discovering its truths (2 Tim. 2:15). Out of gratitude to those have mentored and nurtured my own interest in Bible study, I offer these ten “rules of thumb”. If observed, they will enable the eager Bible student to rightly divide the word of truth, and to avoid many popular but harmful bypaths which are so readily available today.

1. Observe What The Text Says

Forcing a preconception on what is written usually leads to error. Reading and re-reading a portion slowly, and out loud, is the best way to take in every word. Notice every detail, verb, order, progression, pattern, etc. God does not do things haphazardly. Before we even begin thinking about what the Bible teaches, we need to first establish what the Bible says.

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What is the Meaning of the Seven Seals?

Beginning in Revelation 5:1 the seven seals are keeping a scroll closed.

And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. (Revelation 5:1)

The only one worthy to open the seals is the Savior.

And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood… (Revelation 5:9a)

The scroll, when opened, will release the Antichrist to commence his deceptions and violence and the beginnings of God’s wrath upon all unbelieving mankind and upon the earth—as each seal is opened. When the Lord Jesus opens each seal, the scroll issues warnings of the seven-year Tribulation period—warnings that become progressively more and more harmful and punishing to whosoever rejects the Lord Jesus Christ.

The warnings are justified much the same as the warnings that were heard by those who laughed at Noah nearly 5,000 years ago:

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What is the Meaning of Prophecy—Prophecies—Prophesying

With all the lawlessness, chaos, rioting, looting, turmoil, immorality, murders, more frequent earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, and nuclear build-ups going on in the world today, it all prompts one to sense the nearness of the end-times as being absolutely imminent. The prophets of the Bible have much to reveal relating to this matter as they have accurately presented God’s perfection in these foretellings.

The word prophet can mean either one of two things:

1) A prophet was a person who was given the gift by God to foretell God’s future events.
2) A prophet is a person who brings forth (preaches) God’s truth from His Words in the Bible.

In both the Old and New Testament Scriptures, prophets were called by God to see or hear His upcoming plan for things to take place, and to declare God’s truths. The prophecies of the future have all been included in the Bible; therefore, today’s prophets are called by God to only bring forth God’s Word. True prophets have been described as “the mouthpieces of the true God”

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What is the Book of Life and Whose Names will be written in it?

All biblical references to the Book of Life convey to us that it is a book that records the names of true believers in God. All of these registered believers are guaranteed eternal life in heaven:

1 Peter 1:3-5  
3Blessed [worthy to be praised] be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5who are kept by the power of God through faith [true belief] for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

The names of the people written in the Book of Life do not include a single name of anyone who has rejected the Savior at the time he died or at the time of Christ’s Second Coming at the end of the seven-year Tribulation (the beginning of the Millennial reign).

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PRESS RELEASE

The Divided States of America and How to Fix It

“Considering Wisdom” New Book published by Christian Author Michael Copple

The first step in problem solving is to identify the problem. The problem with the United States is that it has become extremely divided—no longer united.

The next step is to investigate the starting place of the problem: The source of this gigantic problem is the huge contrast in guiding principles of the two primary political parties. In virtually all policies, the Democrat Party leans heavily upon man’s ideals, and the Republican Party upon the Creator’s prescriptions.

The differences are glaringly apparent in the following main issues: Climate Change; Education versus Indoctrination; Abortion; Transgender Sex; Gay Marriage; LGBTQ+; and Press biases.

Considering Wisdom exposes each of these topics which have resulted in the division. This leads one to ask the question: “Is it right in the sight of God to listen to man more than to God?” (Acts 4:19 NKJV) The reader is free to consider and decide.

This book obviously relates to the evangelistic community but includes others who may be inquisitive about whom God is. When united we are all of one accord—meaning we are all reaching decisions in accordance with the same source for guidance. When seeking to know the source and then considering the source, it would be well to reflect upon:

The knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:2b-3 NKJV)

In Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God. (1 Corinthians 1:30b NKJV)

Michael Copple is a 1958 Eagle Scout, retired Chief Master Sergeant from the U.S. Air Force, Vietnam veteran, USAF Academy Wings of Blue Parachute Team leader for three years, and logged over 2,000 jumps with fifteen free fall hours. He experienced four main parachute malfunctions requiring use of the reserve chute, qualifying him to author the novel Calling from the Sky. He holds a BS degree in electrical engineering. Michael now devotes his time to authoring Christian literature and bringing forth God’s Word.

Calling from the Sky was the first book Michael Copple self-published, followed by a Study Guide “Digging Deep into The Revelation of Jesus Christ” with accompanying Exam Booklet. Considering Wisdom is his third book published with WestBow Press.

His books are available at Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Christianbook.com and WestBow Press.

Michael, a US veteran and patriot who loves God, family and his country, lives currently in the Canadian Rockies with his wife Elfriede. They both enjoy reading the Bible, exercising, eating healthy foods, gardening, keeping up with current events, and jogging or hiking with their dog “Kansas”.

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What is the First Resurrection?

First of all, there is, indeed, a “First” Resurrection, and since it is true, then there is also a “Second” resurrection.

The First Resurrection has three parts, but the Second has only one. The first part of the First Resurrection already took place when the Lord Jesus Christ was raised from the dead.

Others have been raised from the dead, i.e., Lazarus whom Jesus raised back to life (John 11:1-43); the woman named Tabitha, translated Dorcas, whom Peter restored back to life (Acts 9:36-42); and the young man named Eutychus whom Paul the Apostle raised with the power of God (Acts 20:9-10). However, the Lord Jesus was the only one raised from the dead to remain alive. He is alive, has been alive, and will always be alive forever. God does not change (Malachi 3:6a).

The First Resurrection (Revelation 20:6, 14) has 3 principal phases:

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Wisdom in Voting

Excerpt from Chapter 7 of Considering Wisdom

Posted by Elfriede

With voting around the corner, I thought that I would post another excerpt from Mike’s book “Considering Wisdom” with regard to the chapter on “Wisdom in Voting”. So here it is:


Considering Wisdom, pg 108, para. 4:

The USSR spent fifty years in the Cold War, attempting to globalize their system of communism, or socialism. The globe, if socialistic communism was colored red on a map, was progressing toward being all red. As a result, many people died, and thousands were Americans who fought to maintain our freedom of free enterprise, speech, press, religion, and the right to protect ourselves. One political candidate who promotes socialism has been called by the founder of Home Depot, “the enemy of all entrepreneurs” (https://www.foxbusines.com/business-leaders/home-depot-cofounder-bernie-sanders-is-the-enemy-of-every-entrepreneur). We have been witnessing an attempt to have history repeat itself. We learn from history that we do not learn from history.

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What is the Second Death?

The “Second Death” is only appointed to all those who reject the Savior by not repenting of their offenses to God and not believing in Him. All people are appointed to die the first death:

Genesis 3:19  
“In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”

Romans 5:12  
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—

Hebrews 9:27  
And it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

Romans 3:23  
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

The reason for the difference that believers will die only once, and unbelievers will experience a second death:

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When does the Rapture occur in relation to the Seven-year Tribulation? (2)

Today we are continuing with part 2 of our topic about when the Rapture will occur.

Revelation 5 describes the raptured Church praising the Lord Jesus Christ for being worthy to open the seven seals of the scroll and for redeeming us to God by His blood.

The order of events has been

1) Revelation 2-3: The churches on earth;
2) Revelation 4: The Rapture of the Church; and
3) Revelation 5: The Church praising the Lord.

Revelation 6 then reveals the antichrist coming in to conquer, and eventually take peace, kill, cause famine, and death. The end result of the antichrist’s feats will bring God’s wrath in the Great Tribulation.

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When does the Rapture occur in relation to the Seven-year Tribulation? (1)

Today’s topic will be posted in 2 parts.

To answer this controversial question, we must realize an important fact about the arrangement of the last Book in the Bible: The Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Revelation begins in chronological order, but the sequence changes and repeats some of what has already been written. For example, in chapter 6, six of the seven seals reveal to us the things which must be hereafter. These seals give us a preview of what will take place in heaven and on earth. But when the seventh seal is opened in chapter 8, then the things spoken of before begin to happen.

In comparing the chronological order of the Rapture to the seven-year Tribulation, we must maintain the context while searching the Scriptures. To begin with, keeping in mind that the first 7 chapters of Revelation are kept mostly in chronological order, we see in chapters 2 and 3 that the Lord Jesus is quoted both in rebuking and in commending the seven churches. It needs to be noted that the word churches is the last word used in chapter 3 and will not appear again until the sixth to last verse in the Book. The reason for this is that the Church will not be present on earth until they return with the Lord Jesus’ Second Coming (when He has His feet on earth for the second time) at the end of the seven-year Tribulation.

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What is the Rapture?

According to the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary,
“Rapture: God’s taking the church out of the world instantaneously.”

Rapture comes from the root word, rap: to snatch, and is closely related to rapt: snatched away; transported. The word rapture is not in the Bible, but the definition is certainly fulfilled in the following Scriptures:

1 Thessalonians 4:14-17  
14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep [those who have died in belief] in Jesus. 15For 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 [have died]. 16For 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. 17Then 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.

John 14:3b  
“I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

1 Corinthians 15:52  
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet [of the Church Age]. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible [not to die again], and we shall be changed.

Revelation 4:1  
After these things [the last messages to all the churches] I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”

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What is the Church Age and When will it End?

The Church Age is the total length of time from the beginning of the New Testament Church until God instantaneously takes the Church out of the world. The beginning day of this Age was on the 50th day after the Lord Jesus was resurrected back to life from the dead. It is vitally important to remember—Christ was raised on the first day of the week—and then fifty days later, the Holy Spirit came to begin the Church—also on the first day of the week—Pentecost.

Acts 2:1-2  
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

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Wisdom Found by Listening

Another excerpt from our newly published book “Considering Wisdom

Chapter 6 (pgs 77-79)

A key factor when we consider wisdom is the trait of listening. The words listen, listened, and listens are seen in the Bible over 350 times. To listen does not mean to give ear only to the sound being emitted.

“Listen: 1) to give ear; to attend closely with a view to hear. 2) To obey; to yield to advice; to follow admonition.”[1]

Following is just a small sample of how listening has to do with wisdom:

Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days. (Proverbs 19:20)

Cease listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge. (Proverbs 19:27)

Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding. (Proverbs 23:22–23)

A wise man listens to advice. (Proverbs 12:15b NIV)

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MIND FRAMES

Where life’s battle is won or lost

A Book by Warren Henderson

Posted by Elfriede

This week, I started reading a book by Warren Henderson titled “Mind Frames” and even though I am only in the Introduction it has already been a great blessing to me.

The description on the back of the book reads like this:

“In MIND FRAMES the author shares six scriptural exercises to strengthen the mind’s ability to focus Godward and then presents a dozen Christlike attitudes—mind frames—to guard our thoughts in challenging circumstances. These mind frames are used by the Spirit to bring our thoughts into alignment with the ways of God.”

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Considering Wisdom

Chapter 2 titled “Common Sense of Wisdom”

We are quoting from pages 18-21 to give you some more insight into this book.


For nearly sixteen hundred years, over forty writers were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write what became the Bible, yet the entirety of the sixty-six Books are miraculously in perfect agreement. There are no contradictions. The reason:

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God. (2 Timothy 3:16a)

For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His Majesty. (2 Peter 1:16)

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:20–21)

Scripture compared to Scripture reinforces its immutability and endurance, and confirms its flawlessness, perfection, continuity, and truth.

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Considering Wisdom

Gold or Wisdom—What will it Be?

Posted by Elfriede

We are so excited that our latest book “Considering Wisdom” has gone to the printer and will be available very soon.

To spark your interest here is an excerpt from the first chapter:


Chapter 1Wisdom versus Knowledge

In terms of times and ages, the longest word in our language is the word eternity. Astoundingly, when we consider how the longest, endless running major rivers on six of Earth’s seven continents contribute greatly to wisdom, it can lead to other far-reaching magnificent truths. Considering wisdom’s eternal consequences, a list of only a few of the world’s famous rivers will serve well to reveal how wisdom and nature are supernaturally linked:

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