Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | September 25, 2007

The Rapture, The Tribulation, The Beast, The Anti-Christ

Based off of Pastor Borba’s Transfiguration
Many people get so worried about the 2nd coming, what’s going to happen, the Church is going to get raptured, blah, and blah, so it’s my goal by this explination that you not worry so much about the 2nd coming and what’s going to happen, but rather. Who’s going to be there. Make sense?
First thing that I’m going to explain is the 2nd coming.
Open your Bibles to 2 Pet 1:16
In my translation it says “For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”
Now to set this up, there was a problem in the Church that St. Peter was addressing. The impatience of the people waiting on Jesus’ 2nd coming.
Open your Bibles to 2 Pet 3:3-5
“First of all you must understand this, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own passions and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation. They deliberately ignore this fact, that by the word of God, heavens existed long ago, and earth formed out of water and by means of water.”
The Christians then were very impatient for Jesus, and they started creating heresies that Jesus wouldn’t come again.
What he’s saying is don’t listen to the false prophets, believe what’s in the Word of God. (The parucia (2nd coming)).
Make sense?
Now what I want to talk about the beast and the antichrist, since these come along with all of this.
Please open your Bibles to Dan 7:1-3
Now something to understand. This book was written in times of persecuation. It’s written in somethng called apocolyptic language. which is symbolic totally.
“In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and vision of his head as he lay his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, and told the sum of the matter. Daniel said, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another.”
Continuing.
“The first was like a lion and had egales’ wings. Then as I looked its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand upon two feet like a man; and the mind of a man was given to it. ANd behold, another beast, an second one, like a bear it was raised up on one side; it had 3 ribs in its mouth between its teeth; and it was told, Arise, devour much flesh. After this I looked, and behold another, like a leopard with four wings of a bird on its back; and the beat had four heads; and dominoin was given to it. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth besast, terrifying and dreadful, and exceedeingly strong and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces and stamped the residue with its feet. It was different from all the otther beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. “
The beasts were the nations that were persecuting the Rightious (the Jews), Babylon, Nidian, Persia, and the Greek Empire.
Gk king had come in, different, from the west, mighter, greater warrior, killed more people, had more sterngths, He conqureed the world at this time (Alexander)
After this, Danel is saying to have hope. Because the Ancient One took the throne. Clothes were snow bright (transfiguration). Throne was flames of fire, and wills of burning fire. In verse 13 “I saw in the night’s visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days.”
Now what was given to him, let’s continue
“And to him was given dominion, and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations, languages should serve him; his dominon is an everlasting dominion; which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.”
He’s talking about here Jesus Christ, he has everlasting dominon, the message to the persecuted nation that was being killed, torchured, raped, etc. Guess what?
400 years later, the Christian (Catholic) Church the same thing was happening. Guess what? St. John uses the same apocolyptic language.
Open your Bible to Rev 13:11-18. Written to pursecuted Church. To give hope in light of Jesus Christ in great suffering
“Then I saw another beast which rose out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. It exersizes all the authority of the first beast in its pesence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. It works great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of men; and by the signs which it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast, it decieves those who dwell on earth, bidding them make an image for the beast which was wounded by the sword and yet lived; and it was allowed to give reath to the image of the beast so that the image of the beast should even speak and to cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is the anme of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom, let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast for it is a human number, its number is six hundred sixty six”
He’s talking about the ROman emporors at this time. After the time of Agustus, the the emporoprs commanded emporor worship. They commanded to be called Lord and God. And it’s impossible for Christians to do. And they either had to die, or fall in apostacy.
People try to put the anti-christ, and the beast together. You CAN NOT DO THAT! Anti-Christ isn’t in the book of Revelation at all. And the word Beast is NOT near the word anti-christ. (The person who wrote Revelation also wrote John).
The Bible states who the Beast is.
Now for thsoe of you that know Roman Numerals, letter stands for a number value. Example L = 50, X = 10, LXX = 70.
Exactly same thing in Greek. This letter was written in Greek.
In Greek for an evil person, the evil pursecutor was Nero. His name + Ceasar, add up to 666. That’s right! Case Closed! 666 DOES NOT REFER TO THE DEVIL AT ALL :)! Now for all of you that have been looking for the Anti-Christ, and Bush is the anti-christ, stop now! You’re listening to false prophets.
Now let’s look at the Anti-Christ.
Open your Bibles to 1 John 2:18
Many people think the anti-christ is in the world now, many ppl think think that the US Government giving ID cards to everyone, and have chip in ID card, so you needed card for transactions, people saw that as fulfillment in Jn. that everyone would have a mark. The purpose of an ID card is to STOP IDENTITY THEFT, TO STOP FRAUD, because MANY PEOPLE”S LIVES ARE BEING RUINED BY ID THEFT, it has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE PROPHESY IN JOHN :). Only in the 1st and 2nd letters of John is the word anti-Christ. In John’s Church, people in the CHurch left because of divison. Many people believed the time was near.
“Children, it is the last hour, and as you have ehard the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come.”
The antichrists are already in the world.
“therefore we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us, but they went out, that it might be plain that they are not of us. But you have been annointed by the Holy One, and you all know. I write to you not because you don’t know the truth, but because you it, and know that no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. “(Just a side note, he thought that it was understood that God was trinitarian)
Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist! DOn’t be decieved that Jesus is going to allow someone beast to dominate the world! (All that deny the trinity, are the antichrist). If you have the blood of Jesus, that is your protection, your faith in Jesus is your protection.
You see how the word can be interpreted wrong! The people twist the word of for financial gains, or what not. It’s under fiction, but we don’t see it. They make lots of money off of this. People fail to see the fiction. People take as truth. We’re breaking down the truth right now, understand it!
So, no believing that there’s going to be this major anti-christ. His Blodd is your protection, His ressurection is your salvation, Faith + pennance, = protection.
In Rev 16:16, it speaks of armegedon. it speaks of a final battle
“And they sssembled them at the place which is called in Hebrew Armagedon”
Well, here’s the news for you: THERE WILL NOT BE A FINAL BATTLE, Let me repeat slowly….T…H….E..RE WILL NOT BE A FINAL BATTLE!
If you believe there needs to be final battle vs. Good and Evil: Tell me what the Cross was about? The Cross is where the final battle took place. The Cross defeated evil, Satan, and DEATH, PERIOD!!!!!!!! The Bible doesn’t say he’s coming back to go through the passion all over again. The Bible says he’s coming in GLORY!! with his angels, and he’s going to be on the throne, seperating the sheeps from the goats. DO NOT BE DECIEVED! Armegedon was battled on the Cross. The Vicotry’s proof was when the Father ressurected the Son. In his ressurection, we rise to new life. Satan is defeated :)! Amen to that, and his victory to because of the Blood!
Going back to the Rapture:
First things first, the word “Rapture” does NOT, let me repeat that does NOT occur once in the Bible. The word derives from the Latin word rapiemur, which means literally to be caught up.
Now open up your Bible to 1 Tess 4:16-17. Now the version I’ll be reading out of is the RSV- 2CE. You’re more then welcome to use any brand.
“For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call, and with the sound of the trumpet of GOd. And the dead in Christ will rise first; then we who are alive, who are left, shall be cuaght up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord. “
As I mentioned before, the word rapture derives from the Latin word rapiemur.
Many people think that Christ is going to come rapture the true Church, and prevent them the tribulation, and the 1000 year reign and all of that non-sense. However, that would mean that Christ would have to come back. Any Christian believes that Christ is only going to come back once, for the 2nd and final time.
What he’s saying, that when Christ comes again, this is going to happen. (Transfiguration applied to us),
he’s not saying he’s going to rapture the Church and come back. What he’s saying He’s going to come with the living, and the dead will rise. and the living will be judged at that moment.
If you believe that the Rapture describes the 2nd coming, that’s absolutely correct! That’s Ancient Christian Doctorine.
If you think that he’s going to take the righeous in the Church, that is WRONG!
If He does that, (Rapture the Church), He has to come back, and that’s wrong. These people want you to believe that you’re apart of this “group”, and that’s how these people make money off of you. He’s coming exactly ONCE!
The Tribulation
Matt 24:3
Before I talk about these verses, remind you that Jesus said that the temple was going to be destroyed. (The Jews thought he was speaking of the actual temple, when Jesus was refering to his Body). To those stubborn Jews, the temple was everything, and they thought the end of the world was coming. And they wanted to know when it’d happen.
Matt 24:3
“As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately saying, “Tell us when this will be, and what will be the sign of your coming and the close of the age?”
The words that the Bible uses here, in Greek “parosia” same word that’s used in Tessalonians. (Continuing)
“And Jesus answered them, “Take heed that no one leads you astray, For many will come in my name saying, ‘I am the Christ,; and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars, see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: a;; this is but the beginning of the sufferings”
There are going to be wars, famines, earthquakes, but it is NOT YET THE END!!!. People keep saying when the end of the world is, Example Jan 2, 1943, or June 1987, and those of you that aren’t into the Bible are lead astray.
Think about this: You all know that there hasn’t been time when there hasn’t been a war. It’s been over 2000 years since Jesus rose from the dead. There hasn’t been time when there hasn’t been a famine, or a war.
This is all the beginning (vs 8). The Tribulation is apart of our lives.
Matt 24:29, 36 Are the most important part of this
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken; and then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory”
What it’s saying, when Jesus comes, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MISS IT! STOP LOOKING FOR OTHER SIGNS BUT JESUS CHRIST!! THE ONLY SIGN YOU NEED TO SEE IS JESUS CHRIST, YOU WILL NOT MISS IT WHEN HE’S COMING, IT WILL BE OBVIOUS AS CHRISITANS!
Memorize verse 36
“But of that day and hour NO ONE KNOWS, NOT EVEN THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN, NOR THE SON, BUT THE FATHER ONLY”
Jesus came to die for your sins. The Father’s going to send Jesus back. No one knows the time or date. (Keep in mind, Jesus was fuly human, and with his human will, he didn’t know when the date is).
Notice how everyone’s predicted the end of the world HAS BEEN WRONG :). We must persevere in our faith, because we DON’T KNOW WHEN he’ll come.
Verse 44
“Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect”
We live in the Last times PRESENTLY!!! (escaton), We need to be prepared. The end could come if you get hit by the car, or heart attack, or something. Jesus is saying be prepared.
How much more of tribulation can their be?
Think about this: Mother’s watching her Child die because of Starvation, or disease, or parents watching their kid die from cancer, Father lose a job, and watching family suffer through bills, loss of friends, change of lifestyle, forcloseure, possibility of being homeless. How much worse can it get? THIS IS THE TRIBULATION!
STOP LOOKING FOR GREATER THINGS, and WORRYING ABOUT SOME HORRIBLE EVENT! THE Tribulation is present. Participate in his vicotry, by Reading the Bible, going to the Eucharist, worshiping in community, proclaim the Gospel, Do what Jesus did, works of healing, mercy and compassion. Know that there will be 2nd coming, you don’t know when, but it’s coming. For those of us that have taken Jesus as our Savior, we’ll be smiling, because of St. Paul’s words, we’ll be transformed, transfigured, he’ll know our hearts, he’ll know why we’re happy. We have made him king, and he’ll say welcome to the Kingdom of my Father.
Amen!

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