15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
To recap…The flood of the end times are the lies that are being spread in the churches today, and the lies Satan will be using when he is here as Antichrist to deceive the WHOLE world.
Revelation 12:9 “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.“
Who did it say was cast out??? The great dragon, that old serpent, the devil, SATAN, WHICH DECEIVETH THE WHOLE WORLD. Satan is the antichrist! “Anti” in the Greek means instead of, and therefore Satan is coming in place of, or instead of Christ. The antichrist will not be a man born of woman. God made sure that many of Satan’s names were used in this verse so there would be no confusion as to who the antichrist is. One of Satan’s lies is that a man will be the antichrist, and that he is already here today, but there is no scripture that says that. It’s simply a false teaching that has been taught by many preachers today.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-4
1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
That man of sin, the son of perdition is Satan himself. Perdition (G684 apóleia http://biblehub.com/greek/684.htm) means that he will lose his eternal life, and there has only been one person in the bible that is a son of perdition and is destined to perish, that is Satan. Satan has already been judged and is sentenced to death. Satan will NEVER be born of woman, and is a supernatural being, an angel whose description is in Ezekiel 28.
12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
Just in case that is not evidence enough that Satan is the antichrist, let’s look at one of his other names, Lucifer in Isaiah 14.
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
In these verses Satan is saying that he will be God, but God is letting him know that for doing this he will be going into the pit!
So 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 is where Paul is telling you that Satan will be here first, pretending to be Christ before the TRUE Christ returns.
Now let’s get back to where we left off in part 1.
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Notice how it says in these verses that Christ will return IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION. This is Jesus Christ himself telling the apostles that He will return after the tribulation of Satan. There are 2 tribulations. The tribulation of deception where Satan is here pretending to be Christ, and then the tribulation where Christ returns and pours out His wrath.
So let’s focus now on the rapture. The word rapture is no where in the bible, and Christ doesn’t mention at all that He will come to secretly take the church away while Satan is here.
So what does rapture mean? Below are some definitions, and it doesn’t sound like anything our Father would take part in!
The word ‘rapture’ itself is from the Latin raptus, and it connotes either apocalyptic spiritual overtones or possessive and physical undertones. The origin of rapture dates to the late 16th century, (directly or via French rapere) from Medieval Latin raptura “seizure,” from the Latin cognate raptus, meaning, “seized and taken, kidnapped by force, snatched hold of and then taken hostage, carried off or away.” In Medieval time, raptus was sometimes used to describe the euphoria soldiers experienced after defeating a foe in battle, then seizing the opponent, and taking him away as captive. Greek raptus virginum Sabinarum is a reference to the Sabine virgins, who were raped and abducted.
There is a literary connection between the words ‘rapture’ and ‘rape.’ To rape someone is to force somebody to have sex. Rape also implies the use of force to violate something, or to treat something in a violent, destructive, or abusive way (e.g. – Rape the land for its resources). During the brutal conquests of the 14th century, Anglo-Norman ‘rapers’ pillaged the land and people, and this term ‘raper’ meant to seize and carry off somebody or something by force (archaic). The word raper is directly from Latin rapere “to seize.”
Below is an outline on the word rapture and it’s meaning, the verses most use to describe the rapture, and the people who started this whole rapture theory:
RAPTUREI. Biblical usage of the word “rapture”
A. The Bible does not use the word “rapture”
1. Not found in Biblical concordance
2. Not found in Biblical dictionaries or encyclopedias
B. English word “rapture” derived from Latin word rapio (rapere, raptus)
1. Meaning: to carry away, to be caught up, to snatch, seize, pluck, drag away, carry off, abduct, plunder, ravish, rape
2. English word “rape” derived from this Latin root
C. English usage of word “rapture”
1. General usage: “carried away with emotion, ecstasy, passion”
2. Theological usage: “caught up in clouds to meet the Lord”
a. Recent theological origin
(1) Emphasized in premillennial/dispensational theology since middle of nineteenth century
(2) Not found as definition in Webster’s Collegiate Dict.
b. Questionable choice of English word as equivalence for Biblical reference.
D. Singular Biblical passage that refers to being “caught up” at end time.
1. I Thess. 4:17 – “we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air…”
2. Greek word for “caught up” is harpazo – used 13 times in N.T.
a. translated “snatch” – Matt. 13:19; Jn. 10:12,28,29; Acts 8:39; Jude 23
b. translated “take by force” – Matt. 11:12; Jn. 6:15; Acts 23:10
c. translated “caught up”- II Cor. 12:2,4; I Thess 4:17; Rev. 12:5
3. Contextual interpretation of I Thess. 4:13-18
a. Not an attempt to outline sequential events of final times
b. Context of concern, consolation, condolence, comfort
c. Paul explains
(1) the hope (confident expectation) of the Christian
(2) the resurrection of the body of the Christian
(3) the equal opportunity of those who have died and those who remain
(4) those remaining alive are “caught up”
(5) the comfort that Christians have in these realities
II. “Rapture” in premillennial/dispensational eschatology and theology
A. The “catching up” of believers, the Church, was separated in time from the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to earth in the teaching of the Plymouth Brethren of Britain, creating a two-phase Second Coming of Christ.
1. Rapture – Jesus’ coming for His saints
2. Revelation – Jesus’ coming with His saints
C. History of this interpretation
1. Margaret MacDonald (1830) – personal prophecy in Glasgow
2. Edward Irving (1832) – Scottish charismatic preacher
3. John Nelson Darby – Irish lawyer and Plymouth Brethren leader
4. James H. Brookes – American Presbyterian preacher
5. Dwight L. Moody – Moody Bible Institute
6. C.I. Scofield – Scofield Bible
7. Dallas Theological Seminary (Chafer, Ironside, Ryrie, Walvoord)
8. Hal Lindsey – Late, Great Planet Earth
9. Popular interpretation of fundamentalist evangelicals
D. Variant opinions of the time of “rapture” among premillennialists
1. Pre-tribulation rapture – church removed from tribulation
2. Mid-tribulation rapture – church removed prior to severe tribulation
3. Pre-wrath rapture – (variant of mid-tribulation rapture)
4. Post-tribulation rapture – church endures tribulation
5. Partial tribulation – faithful remnant of Christians removed at beginning of tribulation; others removed later
E. Elements of “rapture” in pretribulation, premillennial dispensationalism
1. Two-phase second-coming
2. Imminence – any time, any moment, soon coming
3. Silent, secret, invisible disappearance of Christians
III. Concluding observations concerning the “rapture”
A. Affirming the reality of being “caught up with Christ” (I Thess. 4:17)
1. Semantic irrelevance of using the word “rapture”
2. Maintaining the hope of Christ’s return
B. Questioning the elements of pretribulational premillennial “rapture”
1. Inadequate basis for two-phase Second Coming
a. “caught up,” “meet,” descend” same time period
b. final judgment
2. Inadequate basis for imminence of expectation
a. His return is impending
b. His return will be sudden, unannounced
c. Christians are to be expectant, prepared, waiting and watching
3. Inadequate basis for secret rapture
a. His return will be public
b. His return will be visible
4. Inadequate basis for silent rapture
a. His return will be with shout
b. His return will be with trumpet
5. Improper claims of new revelation
C. Avoiding the effects of pretribulational premillennial “rapture”
1. divisiveness, intolerance, disunity
2. arrogance, pride, superiority, gnosticism
3. escapist mentality, avoidance, withdrawal
4. negative attitude toward society; disengaged
5. inadequate ecclesiology; ghetto mentality; church relegated to tossing out life-savers
Christ will return with His angels in the clouds at the 7th trumpet (see our breakdown of 1 Corinthians 15:50-52 in part one of this teaching https://thefourcarpenters.com/2015/06/29/flood-of-the-end-times-part-1/) and will gather His elect, that is, those who did not worship Satan when he was here pretending to be Christ because they were sealed with the seal of God rather than the mark of the beast, knowing that the true Christ returns at the 7th trump. Remember when Christ returns at the 7th trump you will no longer be in your flesh, corruptible bodies, you will be in your spiritual, incorruptible bodies.
The rapture doctrine is one of Satan’s number one lies that the church spews today, and many are so willing to follow because they don’t get into the word of God themselves. Hollywood has even promoted this doctrine, which should send up a big red flag to let you know that it is a false doctrine. If you believe in the rapture doctrine, you will be taken and swept away in the flood of lies, the flood of the end times. Many of the scriptures these false prophets teach in churches today are the exact scriptures God uses to tell the truth about the return of Christ, but due to the watered down versions of the bible, and the lack of studying of the church goer, most don’t even know what these verses really mean. Let’s look at 1 Thessalonians 4 for example.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
This is the first place most rapture believers go to when trying to prove that there is a rapture, but let’s see what Paul is really trying to say in these verses.
Paul started out this chapter telling the Thessalonians about sin, and how to live right. He then will go on in these verses telling them what happens to their body when they die. He doesn’t want them to be afraid of the unknown, and he doesn’t want them to be ignorant like the heathen. Those who sleep, are those who have already went to be with the Lord. The heathen do not believe this, and therefore have no hope, but we know the bible says in
2 Corinthians 5:8
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
If you’re a Christian, you know and believe that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and on the third day arose and came out of the tomb. If you do not believe this, Paul classifies you as ignorant, a heathen, that is, a non-believer.
When your flesh body passes, your spirit returns to the Father, it is not in a hole in the ground.
6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
It is difficult to see how they made a “rapture theory” out of this, when the subject is, “where are the dead?”
So we see that when one dies, his soul goes immediately to be with our Heavenly Father. If you believe this, you are not heathen.
It only makes sense when looking at verse 16 that those who are already dead, asleep, would rise first. When they passed, their spirits returned to the Father, which is why they would rise first.
This will happen at the last trump, the 7th trump, and THEN Christ will return back to earth. We even have a timeline of events that will take place before this happens. Look at Revelation chapter 11 concerning the 2 witnesses.
We find out what events will occur just prior to this seventh trump sounding, and then when we see these certain events taking place before our eyes, we will know our Lord will return to earth next. Then the trump will sound, and the gathering will take place, and we will be changed from our flesh bodies to our spiritual bodies. And not one day before. Many people have images of massive numbers of people flying away, with all sorts of accidents taking place; however, the Bible doesn’t tell us it will be in that manner. In Revelation 11, it tells us exactly three and a half days prior what will happen, and the whole world will know about it, for it is no hidden mystery. That is when the Antichrist will end his reign by killing God’s two witnesses, and send the world into a three and a half day party of celebration.
3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
11 And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
The whole world will know these 2 witnesses as they have been speaking against Satan while he has been pretending to be Christ. They will be partying in the streets when Satan slays them, but they won’t be partying 3 1/2 days later when our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ returns. They will be ashamed, and you will be too if you were looking to fly out of here in the rapture. Those who believe in this rapture doctrine have been given a strong delusion (2 Thes 2:11). They have decided to believe the lies that the false prophets have taught them in churches today, just like Christ warned us in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21. They won’t be sealed with the seal of God in their forehead, and therefore they can and will be allowed to be taken by Satan and his lies.
4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
(Remember Satan’s time has been shortened on earth to a 5 month period, not a 7 year period as we broke down in our first part of this teaching.)
So what about these clouds in verse 17 of 1 Thessalonians 4???? The “clouds” are in reference to a large gathering of people, as Paul used else where also. While the “air” spoken of here, in the Greek is “breath of life”; we will meet Jesus Christ in our “breath of life bodies, or spiritual bodies”. That is the mystery Paul spoke of in 1 Corinthians 15:50-54.
“Air” in the Greek dictionary is #109, and is the “breath of life”, your “breath of life” body is your soul or spiritual body. The very body that God breathed life into when He made a living soul (Genesis 2:7).
That plainly breaks down 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, and shows that it is not talking about a rapture at all, so now let’s go to a verse in the bible to show how angry it makes God when these false prophets are teaching this rapture, fly away doctrine.
20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly.
God said, WAKE UP!!!! I am against your false doctrines, pillows, wherewith ye hunt the souls to make them fly. God is against it when you go out to teach the souls of men and women and tell they they are going to fly out of here in the rapture.
Remember in Matthew 24:13 where Jesus tells His disciples, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” God wants His children to endure until the end. He doesn’t want a wimp that will be in a hurry to get out of here. He already promised to His children that not one hair on their head shall perish (Luke 21:18), so there’s nothing to worry about. God has always provided for His children through times of difficulty. He provided a way through the trials and tribulations. Moses, Noah, and Lot are perfect examples. Now let’s go back to Matthew 24.
32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Christ told you to LEARN the parable of the fig tree, so it is very important that you do so. We have a deeper teaching on this specific study here: https://thefourcarpenters.com/2015/05/30/the-parable-of-the-fig-tree/ for those who are interested. In short, the fig tree generation started in 1948 when Israel became a nation (Jeremiah 24).
As we know biblically there are 3 generations. A 40 year generation, a 70 year generation, and a 120 year generation, so it makes sense that one of those generations is the time frame that Christ will return. We have already passed the 40 year generation, but the 70 and 120 year generations are still possible. Father has told us in this chapter and many others exactly what signs to watch for so that we would know the things that happen before Christ’s return. We have been given the season, the generation, and the events that will take place, even marking the last three and one half days. That being when the entire world celebrates the murdering of the two witnesses by the antichrist, Satan. When you see the one world order get set into place, and then Satan sitting in the Holy place saying that he is God, you know that the true Christ will be coming soon!
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
So now here we are back to where we started…Noah & the flood. If you don’t understand the first flood, then the flood of the end times will be difficult to understand as well. The flood in Genesis was a physical flood, but the flood of the end times is a spiritual flood. If you are not prepared or sealed with God’s word, then you will be taken in Satan’s flood just as those who were eating, drinking, and marrying were taken by the physical flood in Noah’s day. The ark of the end days is not a physical ark, but a spiritual ark…it is the word of God that you need to be standing on. If you aren’t grounded in the true word, you will be swept away in the flood of Satan’s lies. These final days of this earth will be exactly as it was in the days that Noah was on the earth, just prior to his entering into the ark. In part one of this teaching we went over Genesis chapter 6, and Jude 1 to show you what was going on in those days. Fallen angels had left their habitation and came down to mate with women, thus creating hybrids, the nephilim, that is giants. These angels will be returning in the last days, with Satan when he is cast down, and their agenda is the same. That is why you are to keep a covering (Christ) over your head.
So what will people in this last generation be doing at this time? The exact same thing that took place in Noah’s day! If you think that seems far fetched, just look what is going on in the world today. All matter of evil is made good, the supreme court has now made gay marriage legal, they are promoting it in schools, on television, and pretty much everywhere you turn around. What is good is now considered evil, and what is evil is now considered good (Isaiah 5:20).
Churches are actually catering to this type of perversion now, and are calling it okay. The churches have taken on pagan practices and defile God’s true Holy days. Before Christ’s return the whole world will be accepting of these doctrines because they have been indoctrinated by the Kenite’s through their four hidden dynasties (political, economical, religion, education) to believe that there is nothing wrong with what they are doing. Most have been brainwashed since birth with these doctrines, and then continue to spoon feed it to their children, and so on…If you are not one of God’s elect, then when these fallen angels return to earth with Satan, you will follow everything they say and do because you think you are doing what is right.
Just before Jesus Christ returns to earth these angels will be working miracles, with their leader, Satan, and this is possible because they are supernatural, just like Satan is. They are not of flesh or human substance. What happened in Genesis 6 is going to happen again, so make a point of getting to know that chapter.
Just like in Noah’s time, the people of this last generation will be living it up. They are so oblivious to what is actually going on in the world because they are more concerned about pleasing themselves. Their jobs, cars, homes, friends, social life, television, sports, reality tv, video games, vacations, partying, ect. keep them too busy to focus on the word of God, and the signs God told us to watch for. They were too busy to heed the warning from their loved ones who wanted to make sure they weren’t deceived. They laughed and made fun of Noah for building an ark, and they will make fun of you when you try to warn them of the false Christ returning first. God told us in Ezekiel 33 to warn them though, so their blood would not be on our hands, if they decide not to heed the warning, it’s on their own hands.
During the reign of the Antichrist on earth, your family and friends, will think of you as some sort of nut that has lost mind. They will be so convinced that Satan is the true Christ, if it were possible they would kill you for him, but it will not be possible. Then the seventh trumpet shall sound, and the entire earth will see Christ coming in all His glory, with all the saints, and terror will streak through their minds, for they will see and know how they have been deceived.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
These are some more verses many use to confirm in their mind that there is a rapture. Those who teach that they want to be the first one taken do so in ignorance. The ones taken in the flood of Noah’s time were those who were not on the ark, and those taken in this last generation will be those taken by Satan’s lies. They won’t remain working in the field until the true Christ comes.
So what can you do to make sure you aren’t taken by Satan and his flood of lies? You need to be on watch. If you are on watch then you will see the 7 events Christ told you of in this very chapter of Matthew 24, so that you can recognize the season that He will return. Paul tells us about this in 1 Thessalonians 5.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-4
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Why would Christ come like a thief??? Because those worshiping the false Christ, Satan won’t be on watch since they believe Satan to be Christ. Those who have read and studied God’s word, and have not put their trust in man, but in God will know what His word says about the return of Christ, and won’t be taken like a thief in the night.
You will not know the instant, but you can know the hour. The hour Christ is talking about is the hour of temptation (Revelation 17:12). This is done by recognizing the antichrist at his arrival, and his army of fallen angels as well as knowing when the one world system totally comes into being. That one world system is the beast, and it will receive a deadly wound. That is when Satan and his angels will put it all back together.
3 And I saw one of his heads (think of this as heads of government) as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
4 And they worshipped the dragon (Satan) which gave power unto the beast (the one world government): and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
Why wouldn’t you be able to make war with him? Because it is a political system, a world political system, and it wouldn’t be possible to make war with a one world political system. Nor would anyone try. We already see something similar to this right now with the United Nations. Celebs, doctors, humanitarians, ect. do all kinds of things for the U.N. while the U.N. get’s all the praise. After all, they help out worldwide with medication, food, aid, protection, ect. This is very similar to what the one world government will be like!
God’s elect will escape from that hour of temptation, for they don’t find Satan and his system tempting to sell their soul for. They see right through his lies, and they find him to be an abomination!
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Those who continued working in the field, planting seeds, and working for God are those wise and faithful servants. The wise servant over the household of Christ, of the fellow Christians, is the one that gives the members of the body of Christ the meat of His word, and not milk. That is God’s word taught in full, and meat in due season, this season, the season of the parable of the fig tree, when these events will come to pass. Milk will not sustain a person physically or spiritually, but meat will. We know that in the last days, the famine in the land is for the word of God (Amos 8:11), so it is these servants of Christ who try to prevent the body of Christ from starving by teaching the TRUE, meat filled, word of God!
Christ is going to bless those who are still working in the field when He returns. Those who are found working will be those who teach and rule in the millennium. Ezekiel 39-48 go over exactly what will be going on during the millennium, and they are very important chapters to know and understand.
The last few verses of Matthew 24 are pertaining to those who would say things like, “Oh, we’ve been hearing about the end times for thousands of years, and nothing has happened.” They mock God, and continue to live their life pleasing themselves rather than God. They laugh at the ones who would warn them of what is actually going on in the world. They scoff at those who try to share truth with them. They say, “oh that’s just a conspiracy theory” when you try to point out what the Kenite’s are doing through their four hidden dynasties.
Jesus states right here in verse 51, what will happen to those who don’t take the warning of what is to come seriously. “And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites”, those Kenite’s, the scribes and Pharisees that also led God’s people into false doctrine, and ripped them off in Jesus’ day. Where they go, and what happens to them, is what will happen to you!!!
It will be so sad the day when Christ returns and sees those who said they were Christians, but they whored after Satan when he was here pretending to be Christ. They nursed along his doctrine and his deeds. They left their first husband. They did not remain spiritual virgins because they hopped right in bed with the antichrist. They will be so ashamed when Christ returns for what they have done.
You don’t have to be ashamed if you truly put God first, get into His word, so that you may have eyes to see and ears to hear. If you love Him, you will do this! That is all He wants, your love (Hosea 6:6). This teaching was to warn those who have already been “caught up” in the lies and false doctrines that are being preached at the pulpit today. If you study God’s word yourself, He can remove the blinders from your eyes so that you can see His truth. The peace of mind that comes with knowing His true word, and how He will protect you is much better than a sweet lie of flying away in a false rapture. If you are blessed enough to already know this truth, please make sure you are planting seeds with others. It’s not always a popular thing to talk about, but God can water that little seed, and you can watch it grow!
Part 1 of this teaching for those who missed it: https://thefourcarpenters.com/2015/06/29/flood-of-the-end-times-part-1/