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ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
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Harrison, Maine, USA
Pastor Rev. Robert Celeste ACP/MCAC
Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizebeth, Kentucky
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
Over the last few days I have given much thought and prayer to what Jesus meant when He said: But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (Matthew 24:36 ACP/KJV)
I do believe that most take that verse to mean the time of rapture. But, while I am not 100% sure, I'm becoming more and more convinced that what Jesus is referring to is the time the Lord comes back at the end of tribulation.
I am becoming more and more convinced that what Jesus is referring to is the time at the end of the seven years of tribulation when He returns, rescues the Saved, and destroys the unsaved. When He causes the anti-Christ and the leader of the one world religion to be cast into the lake of fire and the devil himself into the bottomless pit. (See Revelation 19:11- 20:3)
First let me state two facts for you. First, we are not in the tribulation period and second, this is not the millennium period either. I will even go so far as to say that those who claim we are in either the tribulation period or the millennium are saying something they don't even believe. For if they did believe it they would not have drivers license, nor would they be buying and selling in the open market. Seems strange to me that the leading proponents of this fallacy not only drive and do business, they accept credit cards and some are even applying for this new identity card that allows them to skip thru the airport without having to submit to searches and the such.
But all that aside, let us look at how and when Jesus said: "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only."
So, let us go to Matthew Chapter Twenty-four
1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and His disciples came to Him for to shew Him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. Verse 2a was fulfilled in 70AD.
3 And as He sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the world?" Notice the wording here, 'sign of Thy coming and the end of the world.' Often times that is taken as if the question was meant to be referring to two separate occurrences, but what if it is one? Let us say it is one occurrence, the return of the Lord when He destroys the earth as we know it.
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in My name, saying, 'I am Christ'; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
And there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. I am becoming more and more convinced that everything between verse 4 and verse 8 is Jesus telling us what happens between the time of the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD by Titus and the very instant He leaves heaven and comes to earth on a white horse to rapture His church in Revelation 6:2.
Now, starting in verse 9, I believe Jesus is telling us what happens to those who become Born Again Christians after the rapture of the church, the seven years we refer to as tribulation.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for My name's sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet (Daniel 9:21-27 and 11:31, & 12:31), stand(ing) in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. Notice verse 15, that happens in the midst of the seven years, it happens when satan resurrects the dead body of the anti-Christ and indwells it himself.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, 'Lo, here is Christ', 'or there'; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect (Saved). Notice in verse 21, Jesus uses the term "great tribulation." Great tribulation is reference to the second half of the seven years, the time when the anti-Christ is dead and his body is in-dwelled by satan, the time when those without the mark are beheaded, the time that starts immediately after the 2 witnesses are resurrected from the dead by God and called by God up to heaven. See Revelation 11:3-12 and Revelation 13:11-18 and Revelation 13:1-6.
25 Behold, I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, 'Behold, He is in the desert'; go not forth: 'behold, He is in the secret chambers'; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
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. Now, focus on verses 25-31. Is that not at the end of the seven years? At the end of the seven years the two sides are gathered in Israel, the sides of God are tucked away in a safe canyon, the forces of evil are surrounding them and about to destroy them. Jesus comes and with the sword of His mouth destroys the evil , rescuing the Saved.
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. Verses 32-35 is a recap of all He has prophesied before. In verse 36 He says, but of that time, as for the day and the hour, well only God knows it, not the angels, not man, only God.
Jesus then goes on and tells us more about that day, the day when He returns, rescues His, and sends the anti-Christ and the leader of the one world religion into the lake of fire and the devil into the bottomless pit for somewhere in the neighborhood of a 1,000 years. This ushers in the thousand years where Jesus and we who are Saved, rule.
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 Noah 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. 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(owner or master) 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.
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(Jesus) shall make him(faithful servant) 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! (Matthew 24:1-51 ACP/KJV)
I have more to say on this subject, but it is page four now, so the rest will have to wait for another day. The Lord God of creation, Jesus, the Christ be with you all and pray for peace in Jerusalem. Amen.
Special long term daily Prayer Request
They are dong exactly what Jesus instructs all Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians to do, they are complying with:
Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Please keep the three of them in your prayers and remember to pray for Don and Theresa too, imagine having three of your babies out in the world.
Thanks and the Lord bless you all ten fold,
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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The Lord be with and bless you all and please keep me, Jim, Steve, Channing and Cecily in your prayers. They are the working backbone of Christianpatriot.com. Amen.
Never ever forget this: There aint no purgatory!
Lord Jesus, please give women a love for their babies, from the moment of conception on, let them love them I pray Thee. Amen.
The Lord bless you all and may He heal Mel's eyes and Myra's ears. May You be with Colby as he is now out of boot camp and into Fleet Marine Corps, A Christian babe amongst many a wolf.
And Lord I ask You to bless those who bless me and mine tenfold for the blessing they are to me.
Pray for Jim, he is in Iraq disarming roadside bombs as an S-6 in the US Army.
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The difference between a true preacher and a false preacher comes down to this. The true preacher uses God's word to convict of sin, the false preacher twist God's word to justify sin. The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you always, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
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