Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Rapture

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

In recent months, events on Planet Earth, and in the heavens have taken an up-swing in frequency. The frequency of severe storms, the many Blood Moons recently, the wars and battles that go on around us and in foreign lands have become so obvious, that even secular people have taken notice and wonder what’s going on. Sometime during their lives, someone mentioned something about it, but all they remember is that the warnings came from the Bible.
Well, all these issues have given rise to questions, and a wide variety of writers have undertaken the task of trying to explain. All that we see around us socially, financially, religiously are spoken of in the Bible. Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 and other places in scripture reference all that we see and lump them under the heading “End Times Prophecy.” Perhaps most unnerving is that people are identifying current events and realizing the parallels to what these three Gospel writers have recorded in the Gospels that bear their names.
But lest we think that they wrote of their own accord, we need to realize something that other writers of scripture clearly state: their words are not their own! Paul writes in 2 Timothy 3:16 that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God...” it is literally “God-breathed” not humanly sourced. Peter writes in 2 Peter 1:21 that “holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” Again, the words of the prophets have been inspired by God, not sourced from any human mind. We’ll look today at God’s words and learn from Him.
This should lead us to thinking about prophecy as Divine Information that the God of this world wants to share with us. In several places the scribes of the New Testament wrote that God would not want us to be ignorant about certain things. Much of this is the Divine Information God wants to give to us so that we are neither caught off guard, nor unprepared for the troublesome times that lay ahead for mankind, but our faith and hope in Jesus Christ can carry us through. For today though, we’ll look at what it means to be saved: the rough times, the storms of our lives can be smoothed, and fear removed for future trails and hardships. 

“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast,
and which entereth into that within the veil;"

~ Hebrews 6:19

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