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I appreciate the honesty of Dr. John Walvoord regarding his Pre-Trib Rapture convictions (Walvoord was one of, if not THE major Pre-Tribulation Rapture proponents of the last fifty years.). Walvoord admitted that his critics are correct in that there is no single passage that directly teaches a pre-trib rapture, and that the doctrine is primarily based on inferences.

Here’s what that means… we have a doctrine here based, not Scripture itself, but on inferences and interpretations of Scripture. In other words, if you just had the Bible to go from, there would be no Left Behind novel series. That popular series, and the Pre-Tribulation Rapture doctrine upon which it was based is all built upon inferences upon inferences. Friends, as God starts to shake the nations at the end of the age, a theology founded on unstable inferences will not remain standing. There is no way to get a pre-trib rapture out of Matthew 24.

I encourage everyone to take the Omega Course asap. Follow that up with my series on the Fall Away Factor – mainly the message entitled “Standing on Unstable Doctrines” relates to the pre-trib rapture hope.

In any case, while evangelicals should be contending for Kingdom of God to come to earth, many are instead preparing to exit the earth. Those of you thinking we are about to be raptured off the planet at any moment will be happy to know about www.YouveBeenLeftBehind.com – this is a brand new website that will contact up to 62 of your unraptured friends after you are gone. Here’s their purpose statement; “Our purpose is to get one last message to the lost, at a time, when they might just be willing to hear it for the first and last time.”

Here’s some verbiage from the website…

We all have family and friends who have failed to receive the Good News of the Gospel. The unsaved will be ‘left behind’ on earth to go through the “tribulation period” after the “Rapture”. You remember how, for a short time, after (9/11/01) people were open to spiritual things and answers. (We are still singing “God Bless America” at baseballs’ seventh inning stretch.) Imagine how taken back they will be by the millions of missing Christians and devastation at the rapture. They will know it was true and that they have blown it. There will be a small window of time where they might be reached for the Kingdom of God. We have made it possible for you to send them a letter of love and a plea to receive Christ one last time. You can also send information based on scripture as to what will happen next. Each fulfilled prophecy will cause your letter and plea to be remembered and a decision to be made.

Can someone tell me where the Bible says people will have a small window of time after the rapture for people to be reached for the Kingdom of God?

I’m going to start my own website called http://www.WeveAllBeenLeftBehind.com which based on Acts 1:11… “Quit looking up here, get to work, tough days are ahead, then I come.”

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Happy Earth Day! Perhaps you are aware I’ve been preaching for a month or so on the theme Origins: God’s Green Earth. The series is all about the earth, the environment and the end times. This whole creation/evolution debate is a worship issue in that it’s about who gets the credit, the glory and the praise. I encourage you to tune in via the podcasts if you are outside the area.

This past weekend was especially important as I connected the dots between the population control movement and the global warming movement. This is not just about how we all need to drive hybrids and use high effeciency light bulbs. What we have here is an evil, unholy end-time alliance. (DVD’s of the message are available – you’ll want that over the audio-only version as some key video clips and charts that I used in the message are only on the DVD.)

Here’s the deal, media mogal Ted Turner is pouring his billions into Algore’s three-year propaganda campaign. If you haven’t seen the Ted Turner clip I showed a few weeks ago, check it out for yourself. He says “we’ve got to stabilize the population – there are too many people.” He advocates getting the planet from 6 billion people down to 2 billion through global one-child per family policies like they have in China, through forced sterilization and by getting reproductive health care services within walking distance of everyone on the planet. Of course that is all code for “abortion.”

First, the problem the globe is facing is de-population not over-population. We need more babies right now not less. Second, we all want to save the planet, especially Christians. God gave us the mandate to steward the earth and we abdocated that mandate and the world has picked up the “green mantle” in a misguided way. Third, Satan is at war with God and, people, human-beings are the only thing in the created order that bears the image of God. Satan is a liar and a deceiver. He knows people won’t buy the “kill people” agenda so he’s packaging it “save the planet.”

All this fuss over whether it’s getting warmer or colder is just a smokescreen for something far more devious. It’s like the devil is distracting mom and dad by getting them to fuss over the thermostat all the while he is taking their children.

Jesus spoke of the convulsions in nature as sign posts of the end of the age. He said it’ll all be like birthpangs. We know there will be false prophets at the end of the age, but if it’s like “birthpangs” then we can expect some false alarms, some false labor. Just like years ago when I rushed my pregnant wife to the hospital and they sent us home a couple hours later because it was “a false alarm,” Jesus is saying “heads up, there will be some false alarms before this all comes to pass.”

Think about these things as one billion people today, earth day, sound the “alarm.”

It never fails. Having read the Passion passages countless times and having preached seemingly every conceivable angle of the Easter Story each year these last twenty years, it never fails… God shows me something new. I’ve devoted these last couple weeks in the pulpit to the ugly side of Easter – the betrayal, the blood. A few days ago I spoke on the forsaking of Christ and how its happening again today in the America church.

Rather than just jump right to the verse from the cross where Jesus cries out – My God, my God, why have you forsaken me – I pointed out how the forsaking actually started earlier that week. In the Garden after Judas betrayed him we read “all the disciples deserted him and fled.” Then Peter disowned Jesus. But there is a key moment even before these key moments.

Right after Jesus foretells that Peter will betray him three times, Jesus is in the garden crying out in agony to God asking for this cup of suffering to pass. He returns and finds his disciples sleeping. The Bible tells us this happened
three times. Three times!? Hmm. Here’s the part I hadn’t seen before: “Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter.” HE ASKED PETER?!?!

Do you see it? Before Peter ever forsook Jesus publicly, he forsook Jesus privately in the place of prayer. In the end times, the Bible says, many will turn away from Christ. I’m convinced prayer meeting attendance is a better indicator of the victory or defeat of the American Church, not anything else. Once we forsake Him privately in the place of prayer, it’s only a matter of time before we do it for all to see.

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