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The following 9 points are taken from Derek Prince’s teaching entitled,
Take Heed That You Are Not Deceived“.

I have added supporting Scriptures beneath each of the points that he gives.

Derek believes that by observing these 9 points we can keep ourselves from being deceived in the End Times.

 

1 – Remember that it is by God’s mercy that we will not be deceived

We should humbly accept this Truth and thank Him for guarding us.

John 3:27, “John answered, ‘A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven.’ ”

 

2 – It is by cultivating humility and a Fear of the Lord that we will be kept from deception.

Derek then quotes Proverbs 9:10, The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom
and
Proverbs 1:7, The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge“.

He then states that  the fear of the Lord is THE BEGINNING, meaning it is the foundational Truth for wisdom and knowledge.

 

3 – We must base absolutely everything … every experience, every prophecy, every doctrine, etc … on the Scriptures.

Psalm 119:160 “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever”

 

4 – We need to focus on Jesus alone, and not extra spiritual revelation because the Word says:

For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus(Revelation 19:10)
and
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify Me because it is from Me that He will receive what He will make known to you(John 16:13-14).

Don’t these 2 Scriptures show clearly that prophecy should be glorifying JESUS and not man?!

 

5 – We need to leave extra revelation with God.  If He wants to show us something, He will.  We should not be obsessed with new revelation / special revelation.

“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29)

 

6 – We need to be wary of fantastic sounding prophecies and new revelation.  Fantasy abounds within the charismatic prophetic circles these days, and will only get worse.  Stay within the boundaries of Scripture!
Colossians 2:18, “Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind.”
7 – Keep things simple and plain.  Paul spoke of “the simplicity of the Gospel”.  It is the pride and arrogance of man that makes one want to sound wise or extra spiritual.

“For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:2-3, NASB)

 

8 – Cultivate discernment!  Don’t sit in any meeting, or listen to any preacher/teacher, without checking and weighing and judging all things said against the written Word of God.

1 Corinthians 14:29, “Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said.”
9 – Cultivate a LOVE of the Truth.  Not just a toleration of Truth, nor an acceptance so that if it is spoken around you, you are okay with it, but cultivate a hunger and desire and love for Truth.  A strong passion and desire to read and get into God’s Word and a desire to study and know God’s Word for yourself.

“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10)

An absolute love for the Truth will be the only way that we will be able to discern if a lie is being preached!

My ending thought:

If we LOVE the Truth, we will want to stand on the Truth and stand up for Truth NO MATTER what the consequences!  We will not go with the flow and accept what the crowd accepts to keep “unity” or to spare ourselves from being ostracized and persecuted!  We will LOVE the Truth no matter what and stand up for the Truth in the exact literal way in which it is written!

God bless you abundantly as you stand for Truth and look for the coming of our Savior and Lord!

2015 – Is Christ Soon To Return

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If you don’t understand Biblical History then you can’t understand Biblical Prophecy, because the past events told in the Bible actually reveal how future events will take place in the End Times.

Ecclesiastes 1 tells us this:

Ecclesiastes 1:9
What has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done,
and there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there a thing of which it is said,
“See, this is new”?
It has been already in the ages before us.

With this is mind, Daniel 3 reveals much about the End Times anti-christ who will set himself up as “god” and demand to be worshiped (2 Thessalonians 2:4).

We see in Daniel 3 that a statue was made, which was to be worshiped by all peoples:

Daniel 3:1
King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide

Notice the “sixes” in this verse?  This is symbolic of the number of the beast in the End Times, which is 666 (Revelation 13:18), and this statue in Daniel 3 is the foreshadow to the End Times statute which will be made for all the Earth’s inhabitants to worship (Revelation 13:12,13)

Daniel 3:3
So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it.

The then world’s governors joined in the spiritual act of worshiping this statute set up by King Nebuchadnezzar … government and religion joined at the hip … which is also a picture of the the One World Government and One World Religion of the End Time, being joined together (Revelation 13:7 & 12).

 Daniel 3:4
Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: 5As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace. 7Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and all kinds of music, all the nations and peoples of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.”

Even as all the people’s were commanded to worship Nebuchadnezzar’s statute in the days of Daniel, so all the people’s of the world will be commanded to bow and worship the statute of the anti-christ in the End Times (Revelation 13:15).

The Book of Daniel is teaching us that even as this great world power of Daniel’s time – Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon – was lord over the people’s of the earth, and commanded forced worship of the statute of the man in power at that time, so it shall be again in the End.

The ruler in the End … anti-christ … will demand worship from all the inhabitants of the Earth and will kill those who refuse!

Daniel 3:12
But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Sadly, just because one calls ones-self a Christian … or just because an organization calls itself a church … it does not mean that such a person … or organization … is a true follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.  And even as just a FEW Jews in Daniel’s time refused to bow down to worship Nebuchadnezzar’s image, so there will be only a few on the Earth in the End who will refuse to bow the knee to the anti-christ’s statue (Luke 18:8).  Yet, people who are afraid of persecution, people who are afraid of starving, or of being killed for believing and confessing that the Lord Jesus Christ alone is God, will ultimately pay with their lives in the very end … they will pay by suffering for eternity in the eternal Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:15).

Please dear reader, if you are not preparing your heart and mind TODAY for the End Time persecution which will happen in one of our tomorrow’s, then you probably will not be ready.

Study and obey the Bible TODAY, while we have many translations and the freedom to study and believe, and pray daily for God’s grace and power to over-come today’s temptations and lusts because when real persecution starts, the temptation to give in to the world’s demands will be greater than today’s temptations!

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Remember that even as Jesus Christ, the True Lord and Savior of men, is currently preparing His Faithful Church for the End Times and for His Return, so the devil is also currently preparing his false whore church for anti-christ’s appearing!

So please get yourselves ready, Christians! Read your Bibles daily, pray and worship the Biblical Jesus Christ daily, and keep yourselves from sinful habits that want to weigh you down and make you unprepared for Christ’s Return!

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2014 Is Christ Soon To Return
Inspired by Jacob Prasch’s
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There have been professing Christians who have given testimonies, over time, about visiting Hell.    The few that I heard have told of satan’s (and other devils) power in Hell to torment and hurt those in Hell, as though satan is the chief angel in Hell, ruling and giving orders and hurting all who are doomed to this eternal place of torment.

But since I have left the Charismatic Movement, in 2012, I have been reading and re-reading the entire Bible in context, weighing all previous thoughts, doctrines, and teachings that I received, against the Word of God.

And so I wanted to post Scriptures today which tell of satan’s time in Hell, to see if indeed satan will be “ruling Hell” as a dictator and lord or if he will actually be in for a time of eternal torment, to help others learn what Scripture actually says about this event.

Isaiah 14

7 – The whole earth is at rest and quiet;
they break forth into singing.

8 – The cypresses rejoice at you,
the cedars of Lebanon, saying,
‘Since you were laid low,
no woodcutter comes up against us.’

9 – Sheol beneath is stirred up
to meet you when you come;
it rouses the shades to greet you,
all who were leaders of the earth;
it raises from their thrones
all who were kings of the nations.

10 – All of them will answer
and say to you:
‘You too have become as weak as we!
You have become like us!’
Isaiah 14:10 shows us that satan will be WEAK and not powerful in Hell!  He may have power to deceive and trouble people during this present age, but he will not be leading, or deceiving, or troubling anyone once he is confined to Hell!   
 
Reading further in Isaiah 14, we read:

11 – Your pomp is brought down to Sheol,
the sound of your harps;
maggots are laid as a bed beneath you,
and worms are your covers.

Isaiah 14:11 shows us that satan will also have no pomp or glory or position of authority in Hell!  He

will be covered with worms and maggots, the same as every disobedient person who will end up in Hell (Mark 9:43-49).

 

 Isaiah 14 continues:
12 – “How you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!

13 – You said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far reaches of the north;c

14 – I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’

15 – But you are brought down to Sheol,
to the far reaches of the pit.

16 – Those who see you will stare at you
and ponder over you:
‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
who shook kingdoms,

17 – who made the world like a desert
and overthrew its cities,
who did not let his prisoners go home?’

18 – All the kings of the nations lie in glory,
each in his own tomb;d

19 – but you are cast out, away from your grave,
like a loathed branch,
clothed with the slain, those pierced by the sword,
who go down to the stones of the pit,
like a dead body trampled underfoot.

20 – You will not be joined with them in burial,
because you have destroyed your land,
you have slain your people.
Here, Isaiah 14:16 shows us that there will be no one who will be afraid of satan once he is over-thrown by the Lord Jesus Christ.   He will be thrown into Hell (vs 15) and people will be astonished that such a weak creature ever had any ability to deceive and torment the Earth’s inhabitants at all.  Note: I have no idea if only the people alive on earth will see satan in his weak state, as described in Isaiah 14:16, or if the people in Hell will be able to see this as well, but one thing is for sure, and that is that satan will be weak and without authority even in hell! (Isaiah 14:11).
 
And then there are the Scriptures found in Ezekiel 28 which support these statements, as we read:
11 – Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me: 
12 – “Son of man, raise a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the Lord God:
“You were the signet of perfection,a
full of wisdom and perfect in beauty
13 – You were in Eden, the garden of God;
every precious stone was your covering,
sardius, topaz, and diamond,
beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire,b emerald, and carbuncle;
and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings.c
On the day that you were created they were prepared.
14 – You were an anointed guardian cherub.
I placed you;d you were on the holy mountain of God;
in the midst of the stones of fire you walked.
15 – You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created,
till unrighteousness was found in you.
16 – In the abundance of your trade
you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned;
so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and I destroyed you,e O guardian cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 – Your heart was proud because of your beauty;
you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor.
I cast you to the ground;
I exposed you before kings,
to feast their eyes on you.
18 – By the multitude of your iniquities,
in the unrighteousness of your trade
you profaned your sanctuaries;
so I brought fire out from your midst;
it consumed you,  and I turned you to ashes on the earth
in the sight of all who saw you.
19 – All who know you among the peoples are appalled at you;
you have come to a dreadful end and shall be no more forever.” 

 

 Ezekiel 28 confirms what Isaiah 14 taught, which is that satan will be a weak, despised, and lowly creature, with no authority or management position in Hell.   He will be “turned to ashes” (Ezekiel 28:18) even on the Earth in the sight of the people who will still be alive at the End of the Wrath of God, and all the peoples will be appalled at satan’s weak and dreadful (or “horrible” – NIV or “terrible” NLT) end!
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And below is another thought … Isaiah 66 says:

 

 

22 – “As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me,” declares the Lord, “so will your name and descendants endure.
23 – From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me,” says the Lord.
24 – “And they will go out and look on the dead bodies of those who rebelled
against me; the worms that eat them will not die, the fire that burns
them will not be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.”

 

Isaiah 66 teaches that those alive in the Millennium will be able to actually see into Hell and see the dead covered in worms that do not die, and covered in fire that never stops burning.   I believe they will also see satan at this time, and again, they will be “appalled” by satan, amazed that the great deceiver has come to such a pitiful and weak end (Ezekiel 28:19 and Isaiah 14:16).

 

Question:  Where will this opening into Hell be, so that all the inhabitants of the Earth can look upon those who are dead?
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The Bible does not say, but every year all of the inhabitants of the Earth who are alive during the Millennium, must go before the Lord yearly, to worship. (This teaching is found in Zechariah 14:16-21.)
Will it be somewhere around that geographical region, that an opening into Hell will be seen, where the people going up to worship the King of all the Earth, can look down into Hell to see the torment of the dead?
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And think of this:  At the end of the Millennium, satan will be released from his torment in Hell to once again deceive the inhabitants of the Earth.  (This teaching is found in Revelation 20:3 and in Revelation 20:7-10) 
 
What person in their right mind could go yearly past an opening into Hell, and see and hear the torment of those held captive in Hell for all eternity, and then when given the opportunity at the End of the Thousand Year Millennium, rebel against the King of kings and Lord of lord, the Lord Jesus Christ?
 
Now that is some powerful deception that satan has over man-kind!  And that is some huge hatred against God and some wickedly sinful hearts that people have, who will turn against a King Who brings peace to Earth!!
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It is absolutely mind-boggling to me.  
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And to me, the whole scene shows the mercy of God Who will give people a visual of Hell for 1,000 years in order to try to convince them to stay away from the eternal torment of Hell by staying away from the great deceiver, satan, when he is released at the end of the Thousand Years.
 
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And people, the mercy of God is speaking today too, trying to warn us all to stay away from the great deceiver, whose end will be in a weakened state, in an eternal Hell of fire and torment.  
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I pray that all who read this post will indeed stay away from false doctrines of devils (by weighing all teachings against the Word of God!) and stay away from the sin which so easily entangles us!   
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Please people, cling to Jesus Christ and His Word in order to save yourselves from the Wrath of God which is soon to come and from eternal Hell.
 
Are you ready for Christ’s Return?

 

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7 And they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” 8And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them.
– Luke 21, ESV

Note:  Jesus said, “See that you are not led astray”

It seems that the matter of being deceived is up to us!  Therefore choose carefully which preacher you listen to, and please continually read your Bible so that you can weigh all teachings against the Word of God!

 

10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. 12But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you …
16You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. 17 You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. 18But not a hair of your head will perish. 19By your endurance you will gain your lives.
– Luke 21, ESV

Note:  Jesus said, “But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you“.

Persecution will come to the Body of Christ, world-wide, before the great and fearful wars and earthquakes predicted here, in Revelation and elsewhere.  Some of our brothers and sisters are already experiencing this persecution in the Middle East and in Africa.   Pray for them today … to remain faithful to the End, to have the grace to forgive their persecutors, for miraculous intervention should the Lord will, and for them to speak boldly the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His coming Kingdom to their persecutors … for tomorrow you may need such prayers yourself.

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20“But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it, 22for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. 23 Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
– Luke 21, ESV

For those who are left behind and miss the Rapture (the Rapture is revealed in Matthew 24:31 and discussed HERE), they will see Jerusalem surrounded by armies and they will witness the most terrifying rage and anger being poured upon Jews that the world has not seen before.  It will be the time of the “Gentiles” trampling Jerusalem underfoot!  God uses armies of the world to do His bidding (see HERE and HERE) so the natural eye will see armies of men surrounding Jerusalem and slaughtering the Jewish people.  Do not think that there is no spiritual connection to such devastation!  This will actually be God’s doing … His Wrath being poured out, as He told usas He purifies His people from the sin of rejecting His own Son, and as He gets them ready to receive Messiah Jesus in His Return to rule the Earth.

 

34 – “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. 35For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
– Luke 21, ESV

Question:  Can you see that you are actually able to avoid … or “escape” … “ALL these things that are going to take place” on the Earth?

“How?” you might ask.

By obeying the Word of God and doing what it says to do; by watching that you are Rapture Ready and not letting yourself become side-tracked or “weighed down with dissipation or drunkenness or the cares of this life”…

dis·si·pa·tion

noun \ˌdi-sə-ˈpā-shən\

: the process of slowly disappearing or becoming less

: the act of using all or a lot of money, time, etc., in a foolish way

: behavior that shows you are interested only in pleasure, money, etc.

… and by watching that you are not deceived into believing God is something other than what the Bible tells us about Himself.

Watch out for deception, dear readers, and watch out for a carnal or sin-filled heart which loves the pleasure of this world more than loving God and His commands and purposes for our lives.  Love God with all that is within you, and your neighbor as much as you love yourself.  And pray that you will be “counted worthy to escape (or avoid, or miss) all these things that shall come to pass” (the KJV, Aramaic Bible in Plain English, Jubilee 2000, AKJV, Douay-Rheims, Darby Translation, Webster’s, World English Bible, and the Young’s Literal Translation all state “counted worthy to escape“)

Please pray this also for me.  Thank you.
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And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.
– Revelation 6:8, ESV

Wild beasts of the Earth are currently infecting and killing people around the world.  The numbers of those who will die from such diseases will only get worse as this current Age of Grace comes to a close, according to the Revelation 6 scripture posted above.

Diseases passed to humans from animals are called “Zoonotic Diseases” and are defined by the CDC as such:

Zoonotic diseases are contagious diseases spread between animals and humans. These diseases are caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi that are carried by animals and insects. Examples are anthrax, dengue, Ebola hemorrhagic fever, Escherichia coli infection, Lyme disease, malaria, Plague, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, salmonellosis, and West Nile virus infection.

Some current cases of animal-transmitted-diseases infecting and/or killing people around the world, along with articles showing concern that diseases are becoming drug resistant, are as follows:

… A mere 13 zoonotic diseases are to blame for 2.4 billion cases of illness in humans around the world, and for 2.2 million deaths per year.  …
The report defines emerging zoonotic diseases as those that are recently infecting humans, and are newly virulent or have already become resistant to drugs. …
She added that the “exploding global demand” for livestock products will probably fuel the spread of a variety of zoonotic diseases. The report said that although wild and domesticated animals can spread zoonoses, most human infections stem from 24 billion livestock around the world, such as pigs, cattle, goats, sheep and camels. …
Original Article found HERE

 

… dengue hemorrhagic fever, an incurable viral disease, has become a pandemic, sickening up to 100 million people a year and killing more than 22,000. …
Article written Nov 14, 2014, found HERE

Drug Resistant TB, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya
Article written July 2014, found HERE

 

 

  • Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.
  • The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
  • The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%. Case fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks.
    These facts taken from the article written by WHO, updated September 2014, found HERE

 

 

… The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis and malaria remain major health issues in Nigeria. …
Quote from Campaign 2014, found HERE

 

… Scientists identified a type of chimpanzee in West Africa as the source of HIV infection in humans. They believe that the chimpanzee version of the immunodeficiency virus (called simian immunodeficiency virus or SIV) most likely was transmitted to humans and mutated into HIV when humans hunted these chimpanzees for meat and came into contact with their infected blood. Over decades, the virus slowly spread across Africa and later into other parts of the world. …
An education on the beginnings of HIV as written by The Aids Institute, found HERE

 

 “Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads,  (or “look up” – KJV)  because your redemption is drawing near.”
– Luke 21:28, ESV

Are you a wise virgin who is ready for the Rapture?
Read this related Post:
When Will The Rapture Take Place?

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On September 30, 2014 @ 9:47 a.m an Anonymous Commenter wrote the following on my blog, which can be seen at the end of my Post HERE.

“Why do you ignore the parable of the wheat and the tares?
Jesus clearly says that the tares will be gathered first and cast into the fire. then the wheat. One harvest not 2 or 3 as you propose. (I already addressed this Point #1 in my first Post seen HERE)

The saints who did not worship the beast, or take his mark take part in the first resurrection, so the anti-Christ and the great tribulation are already in play before the first resurrection. Do you claim there is a resurrection or rapture before the 1st resurrection? The dead in Christ will rise first then those who remain will be caught up in the air to meet Him and be with the Lord forever.

I am pretty sure that would include Daniel. (I will answer these statements in this Post.)

Also important to note that in the book of Daniel he told when he will rise to his reward. chapter 12; 13 But you, go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days.”

The end of days is pretty clear. And if the dead in Christ rise first that includes Daniel, how can the church go before them? (Again, I will be answering these statements in this Post.)

The parable of the 10 virgins states that the 5 who were not ready when He came for them, went out and filled their lamps but were not allowed to enter after they filled them. This would imply that after the harvest or rapture it is too late for salvation. (The Foolish Virgins are too late to be taken Up in the Rapture … but they are still given the opportunity to obey Christ, and so be saved from eternal Hell, during the time that God’s Wrath is poured upon the Earth. I went into detail about this in my first Post, seen HERE)

The great tribulation is when the Christians are persecuted, at the hands of the anit-christ [sic]. God’s wrath comes to those who persecuted them. The saints will be passed over by God’s wrath just as the Jews where passed over by God’s wrath in Egypt. Because their door posts where covered by blood just as we are covered by the Blood of Jesus today.” (I believe I provide enough Scriptures in Post #1 and in this Post #2 which show that God REMOVES the True Bride of Christ from the Earth and from the coming Wrath … but readers may also read my Post HERE, which may show the Scriptures more clearly)

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I repeat, this Commenter asks, “Do you claim there is a resurrection or rapture before the 1st resurrection?”

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  The “First Resurrection”, which this comment refers to, is found in Revelation 20, which reads:
1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; …
4 Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection.

We see that this “First Resurrection” mentioned in Revelation 20 takes place after the entire Tribulation and Wrath of God period.   Satan is finally bound, and those who had been beheaded for Jesus’ sake and had not received the mark of the beast, will come to life and reign with Christ for a thousand years.

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 So, is this the “first resurrection” in the way that we understand the word “first” or is this “first resurrection” a term used by God to mean something different?

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I think this is a good and important question, and I will give my answer as I work my way through the below Chapters of the Book of Revelation, so that I can lay a clear foundation for my answer.

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I will start in Revelation 6 where we see that the Seals, which begin the first set of Judgements, are opened. Then we read at the end of Revelation 6, that the Wrath of God is about to be poured upon the Earth as it reads:
12 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. 14 The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; 16 and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb;
17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

Note how the of the Wrath of God begins at the END of the seals being opened (vs 17).

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As I wrote in a previous Post (seen HERE), Revelation 6 follows right along with what Jesus taught in Matthew 24:4-31.   And in verse 29,  we must take careful note that Jesus states:

29 “But 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 the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 “And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. 31 And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

Note that immediately after the tribulation of the days of Judgement, and BEFORE the WRATH OF GOD (we’ll see this more clearly soon), Jesus will appear in the Sky (Matthew 24:30) and Jesus will send His angels to gather His elect (Matthew 24:31).

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Also notice that Jesus is not returning in this Matthew 24 lesson to destroy the kings of the earth yet (as He does at the End of Revelation and/or at the end of the Wrath of God), but He is simply appearing in order to send His angels forth to gather His elect.

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This is the Pre-Wrath RAPTURE of the faithful church. For Matthew 24 goes on to read:

…so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 “Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41 “Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left.

Notice how one will be taken in the Rapture, and one will be left behind?!

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Jesus then goes on to teach in Matthew 24:42-51, that the hypocrite servant … or more plainly, the hypocrite Christian … will be left behind by the Master during this Rapture time-period, and the hypocrite servant/Christian will find himself “weeping and gnashing (his) teeth” due to his realization that he has been left behind!!!

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This is a most terrible and terrifying time for the lukewarm, unprepared, hypocrite, sin-loving, Christian who is later described as a “foolish virgin” in Matthew 25!! … Let all readers please take this to heart!!   (You may read my detailed post on the difference between Eternal Hell and the time of “weeping and gnashing of teeth” HERE.)

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Now let’s go back to the book of Revelation and the question,  is the “first resurrection” in Revelation 20:5 the time where the Church and Old Testament saints will be reurrected to be with the Lord.

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 Revelation 7

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We go on to read that after the Tribulation times of Revelation 6, we see a revival of Jews in Revelation 7 where many Jews are Born Again or “sealed”.

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Why do I call these Jews “saved”?  Because when comparing this Revelation 7 term “sealed” with another Biblical example of being sealed, we see that to be “sealed” by God, means one has been Born Again and receives the “seal” of God’s Holy Spirit. See Ephesains 1:13.

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We then see a GREAT MULTITUDE in heaven after the salvation of these Jews.    And we are told that this great multitude is, in fact,  those who have come out of the great tribulation, in Revelation 7:14.  It reads:

9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; …

13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?” 14 I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 “For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. 16 “They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; 17 for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

Could this be the Rapture of the Church mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15:50-53 and in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3?

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I say YES, because we see that that:
1 – the anti-christ is revealed with the opening of the first seal in Revelation 6:2;
and we see that
2 – wars are indeed covering the earth in Revelation 6:4;

3 – we see famines and pestilences in Revelation 6:6 & 8;
and

4 – we sadly see Martyrdom in Revelation 6:11.

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Everything that Jesus said would happen before His appearance in the sky to Rapture His faithful Church! (again see Matthew 24 above.)

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So, when I say that the Rapture of the faithful Church occurs BEFORE the Wrath of God, I do not mean that the Church will not see any of the trouble that Jesus fore-warned us about!   Rather, I believe that I prove that the Scriptures simply shows that the Church is taken FROM the Earth when the Wrath of God begins.    I believe this is something that the Bible states over and over as seen in:

…wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come
– 1 Thessalonians 1:10

or

Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth
– Revelation 3:10

And again, we should remind ourselves that Jesus said:

And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
– Matthew 24:31 …

at which time:

… there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left.
– Matthew 24:40,41

Again … one will be taken in the Rapture, and one will be left behind!

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The next chapters in Revelation  go on to show how terrible time on Earth will be for people, as God’s Wrath is poured upon the Earth.

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Included in this population on the Earth are “saints“,   because some of the lukewarm, foolish virgins/church people who were left behind will now cry out to God and become true Believers.

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Sadly, they waited until this time period to give their lives over to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and obedience to His Word.   And sadly, they will have to suffer … along with the Jews … for their disobedience.

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A Resurrection is shown in
Revelation 11

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We see in Revelation 11 that God’s 2 witnesses / prophets will be killed and resurrected here, BEFORE the ‘first resurrection’ of Revelation 20:5.    Hey, wait!!  … this means that there really is a resurrection mentioned  before the resurrection of Revelation 20:5 … and I think this is pretty strong evidence that the Revelation 20 “first resurrection” is not what some think and that God uses terms in a way that may be hidden and mysterious to some.

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For we see in Revelation 11 that not only is there a resurrection which does not include all Saints, but Revelation 11 also teaches of yet another Rapture which does not include the Church:

11 But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them (resurrection), and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them. 12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” Then they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them (rapture).

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And what about the 7th Trumpet
in Revelation 11

Here is another use of wording by God which has some people confused, for some think that because the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15, along with Jesus in Matthew 24, teach that at the sound of a trumpet the Church will be Raptured,  that this 7th and final trumpet of Judgement shown in Revelation 11 must be the same trumpet that proclaims the Rapture of the Church.

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They are wrong in thinking this since both Jesus in Matthew 24:15, and the Apostle Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, show that the point in time in which the Church will be Raptured  is immediately after the revealing of the Anti-Christ!!

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But will it be the Church only who will have understanding that this is THE man of whom the Church has been warned about?    Perhaps,  for Matthew 24 reads:

15“Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place  (let the reader understand) ...

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And so, quite probably, the world and the lukewarm church will continue along in ignorance, the True Church will then be Raptured, and then the Wrath of God will begin to be poured upon all who remain.

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Think also on this:
If this Revelation 11:15 trumpet was THE trumpet to call up the Church, then why wouldn’t John see this, in his very detailed description of the End Days events?

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I repeat that this is therefore not the same Trumpet that calls up the Rapture Ready Church.

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Revelation 12 — the Over-view

Revelation 12 then goes on to tell an over-view of the History of the fight between Jesus and satan, and between satan and God’s people, before going onward to detail the completion of the Wrath of God and the power that satan will be given over the saints on the earth.

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Chapter 12 is where the Mark of the Beast occurs, and so I would warn anyone reading this Post … should it still be found on-line at that time … PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THE MARK OF THE BEAST, even as an angel will warn at that time:

9 Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11  “And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” 12 Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.
– Revelation 14

Another Resurrection in Revelation 14?

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We saw that the 2 witnesses / prophets were resurrected and raptured in Revelation 11, and now in Revelation 14 we see that the 144,000 Jews … who were sealed and Born Again in Revelation 7 … are now with Christ Jesus.
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What happened? Were they raptured? Were they martyred and then resurrected? It is not clear, but I believe either could be possible … especially since we have already seen God resurrect and rapture the 2 witnesses in Revelation 11.

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The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
Revelation 19

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The Marriage Supper of the Lamb in Revelation 19 then goes on to show us again that  there is a large multitude of saints already in Heaven before the Revelation 20:5 “first resurrection” and it is this multitude that gets to partake in the  Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

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Question to my Commenter … or anyone else who holds a post-tribulation Rapture belief:
Who would be at this Marriage Supper of the Lamb,
if the Church was not already Raptured and Resurrected?

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And then after this Supper, Revelation tells us that it is then time for Christ and His Holy Ones to fight the final fight on the Earth.

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 Question to post-tribulation rapture believers:
Who is the army that Christ returns with, if no-one is Raptured or Resurrected yet?
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Finally, we arrive at Revelation 20 … the Chapter in which my Commenter alludes to, which reads:
4 Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

What could this “first resurrection” really be, since I believe I have shown in this Post that the True Church was already Raptured and resurrected, even as taught in 1 Corinthians 15?

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I believe that this could be the resurrection of the saints who died during the time of the Wrath of God, which occurs between Revelation 7 to Revelation 20.    Revelation 20 also shows us that satan is finally bound (Revelation 20:1-3), and so we can see that God is starting a new era in His time-table.

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In my studies, when comparing all the Scriptures which talk about the Rapture … and not just taking one verse like Revelation 20:5 all by itself and making a doctrine out of it … I believe that I can see this Revelation 20:5 verse being the “first resurrection” of the new era in which satan is bound.

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These saints, who went through the Wrath of God time-period,  are now raised to life and will reign on Earth with Christ for 1,000 years … along with the Old Testament Saints and the True Church, all of whom were Resurrected and Raptured before the Wrath of God was poured upon the Earth.

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Hallelujah.  A new era, wherein righteousness will dwell!!

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People will still have the free-will and ability to disobey and rebel against Christ when He rules on Earth (see Revelation 20:7-10 for just one example!) and so the time of Judgment shown in Revelation 20:11-14 could be the time for judgment of the Millennial people, who lived and/or died during the Millennial Age…the true “Millennials” 🙂

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Whatever the Truth really is about all of this, remains to be fully revealed by the Lord in His time … I will not be so arrogant as to say that I know all of this completely and fully … but I am quite confident that I have taken the time to prove that there is a difference between the gathering of unbelievers to be cast into Hell VS the gathering of unbelievers AND lukewarm, foolish Christians who will be Left Behind to endure the Wrath of God (again, you can read about this further on  my Post HERE), and I believe I have laid out the Scriptures clearly enough times on this Blog to show that God Raptures Christ’s True Bride BEFORE God starts pouring out His Wrath (read one of my Posts HERE to show some Scriptures and a time-line which supports that statement).

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Whatever your final thoughts and beliefs are, let’s firstly remind ourselves, and each other, to keep looking for the Glorious Appearing of our Lord and Savior, and let us remember to keep ourselves pure for His Return.
And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
– 1 John 3:3
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.
– Revelation 20:17
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I was excited to read of the future of some cities in Egypt, while doing a daily read in Isaiah today.
Isaiah 19: 18 reads:

On that day five cities in the land of Egypt will speak the language of Canaan (which is HEBREW) and swear loyalty to the LORD of Hosts. One of the cities will be called the City of the Sun. – HCSB(NIV, NLT, ISV AND DRB and others have the translation “The City of the SUN”)

I often google search Biblical names of places to compare the Biblical names with current names, to read the history, and to find the geography of places that I read about in the Bible, and so I was surprised to see that “THE CITY OF THE SUN” is a name still currently used for a City in Egypt.  

I found the City written about in EGYPT TODAY in an Article entitled, “A New Dawn for the City of the Sun?” The Article can be read HERE.

Photo courtesy of
Egypt Today Article entitled:
“A New Dawn for the City of
the Sun?”  July 2012
I don’t know about you as you read my post today, but this prophecy for Egypt made me very happy.  To hear that Egypt (at least some cities in Egypt?) … who are currently experiencing uprisings, a political meltdown, martyrdomcrucifixions, etc, … has a wonderful future.  A bright future where they will not only honor the Lord God of Hosts and His True Messiah, but they will even be protected by God when trouble comes their way:
 
Isaiah 19 —

19- On that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the center of the land of Egypt and a pillar to the LORD near her border.20- It will be a sign and witness to the LORD of Hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the LORD because of their oppressors, He will send them a savior and leader, and he will rescue them.21-   The LORD will make Himself known to Egypt, and Egypt will know the LORD on that day. They will offer sacrifices and offerings; they will make vows to the LORD and fulfill them. 22 – The LORD will strike Egypt, striking and healing. Then they will return to the LORD and He will hear their prayers and heal them.23- On that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. Assyria will go to Egypt, Egypt to Assyria, and Egypt will worship with Assyria.24- On that day Israel will form a triple alliance with Egypt and Assyria–a blessing within the land. 25- The LORD of Hosts will bless them, saying, “Egypt My people, Assyria My handiwork, and Israel My inheritance are blessed.”

Yes, after a time of WRATH for Egypt (see my Article HERE in which I write of the prophecies found in Isaiah and other Bible passages which tell of the Wrath of God that will come to Egypt at the End of the Age before Egypt’s turning to the Lord and the Millennial Reign of the Lord Jesus Christ) repentance, and blessing, and even protection by the Lord Himself will be Egypt’s portion.  And as I stated earlier, this prophecy really made me happy!  For doesn’t this show, once again, the great mercy of the Lord to those who are even currently so against Him.  
 
Remember this character trait of the Lord God Almighty as you pray for your currently lost loved ones. God is rich in mercy and is willing to grant repentance even for the most rebellious of hearts!  Praise God for His rich mercy and grace!  
 
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End Notes:
What about other Bible Translations which call this City by another name?
As I went to post the Isaiah 19 Scripture verse for this post, I found that other translations of this verse call this City by another name:    

In that day there will be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the LORD of hosts. One of these will be called the City of Destruction – ESV (NASB, KJV, ASV, YLT and others have the translation “The City of DESTRUCTION”)

Apparently both names for this city,  named HELIOPOLIS, in Egypt have been used.  
Wikipedia states:

In the time of the major prophetsIsaiah made a reference to the City of the Sun as one of the five cities of Egypt that would come to speak Hebrew.  However he made a wordplay on “city of the sun” (’ir hašemeš) by writing ’ir haheres which literally means “city of destruction”.[8]These play of words were a prophetic description later reinforced by both Jeremiah and Ezekiel.[9] The Hebrew name, Beth-shemesh, whereBeth means “house” and shemesh means “Sun” was also used to describe Heliopolis by Jeremiah. He prophesied this city’s fate specifically when he declared that the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, would shatter the obelisks of Heliopolis and burn the temple of the sun in fire.[10]Jeremiah’s contemporary Ezekiel, reinforced this message by saying that the “young men of Aven (or Beth-Aven) would fall by the sword”. Like Isaiah, Ezekiel also made a word play on the original Hebrew name of Heliopolis that was used in the time of Joseph, the city of On.

Indeed, Heliopolis was almost entirely destroyed as described in a Tour Egypt Article and elsewhere, which also shows us that God’s Words will always be fulfilled.  All of them.  Shouldn’t you therefore prepare yourself to meet the predicted returning Lord Jesus Christ?

Acts 3 —  

18- But what God predicted through the mouth of all the prophets–that His Messiah would suffer–He has fulfilled in this way.

19 – Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, 

20 – and that He may send Jesus, who has been appointed for you as the Messiah. 

21- Heaven must welcome Him until the times of the restoration of all things, which God spoke about by the mouth of His holy prophets from the beginning.

22 – Moses said: The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your brothers. You must listen to Him in everything He will say to you.

23 – And everyone who will not listen to that Prophet will be completely cut off from the people.

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