Sunday, April 09, 2006

Why I Am A Christian

The Valley Bible Fellowship of Bakersfield California, being the good Christians that they are, would like to apprise you of a contingency plan in case -- God forbid! -- you miss the rapture:

"I would like to introduce you to one of the most important pieces of literature that you may ever come into contact with. It is the opinion of most Bible teachers and prophets that the return of Jesus Christ is imminent. It is my own opinion that this generation will never pass away until we see the return of Jesus Christ for His church. We call this event the “rapture of the church.” I believe that the church can either be raptured at the beginning or in the middle of the seven year tribulation period. After the rapture of the church, there will e a time on the earth like has never been seen before. It will be a literal hell on earth. This time is called the “seven year tribulation period”. Men will pray for death to come to them, for death will be welcomed as a form of relief in comparison to all the nightmare experiences of the seven year tribulation period. My friends, you DO NOT, let me emphasize DO NOT want to miss the rapture of the church. You need to get your life in order with God now! But, in case you do miss it, then this tract is for you. Please hold onto this and make copies of it and redistribute these to everyone you know. I pray that you will find the strength in Jesus Christ to overcome. Here are 14 very important things for you to do...


14 things to do.


1. DO NOT commit suicide, and stay extremely calm if you have missed the rapture. There will be a period of total chaos, suicides, and heart attacks. People all over the world will be in total chaos. Please understand the fact that you who remain here have missed the rapture, and are living in the tribulation period, and nothing you do can change that fact. Listen! Don’t look back. Face the fact you’ve been left, but there still is hope for you!!

2. KEEP A TIME TABLE. Look back and find the date people were reported missing or raptured, mark that date, and put it away. Keep track of the following 7 years. The first three and a half years will not be too bad, but the last three and a half years will be so horrible that human vocabulary is insufficient to describe the events that will take place.

3. GET ALONE somewhere and find yourself a Bible. There is still hope for you. You still have an opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Look in your Bible at Revelation chapter 7, Romans chapter 10:9-11. There is no time element spoken of here, you can be born again, and remember this: The Holy Spirit has not left the earth with the Christians. He still dwells here now.
What you need to do now is accept Jesus in your heart and be born again. Romans chapter 10:9-13 says clearly if you just confess with your mouth that in your own self there is no hope, and you realize you need Jesus to set you free and cleanse your sins to be forgotten, He will hear you and forgive you and the Holy Spirit will come into your life and you will be a new person in Jesus Christ. You will become a tribulation saint.
Realize from this point on that your life will not be an attractive one. Your commitment to Jesus could result in the severest repercussions that you can imagine. Be ready to lose your job, to be persecuted, possibly even tortured and even lose your life. Be prepared to die, it will probably happen!! Ask Jesus to give you strength to face reality and He will.
Endure to the end, Saint. Don’t give up no matter what happens to you. Do not denounce Jesus. Give your life if you have to, but do not denounce Jesus in any way!

4. DISTRIBUTE BIBLES to close friends and family. Hide at least one Bible in a secluded place because Bibles will be hard to come by. Communist agents will be out to burn every bible they can find.
Read the Bible and begin to memorize it. Ask Jesus to help you memorize it. Hide promise scriptures wherever you can: Hebrews chapter10:19-23.
Begin to memorize the entire book of Daniel, the book of Revelation, memorize the 24th chapter of Mathew, the 21st chapter of Luke. These books and verses will help you understand what must take place before the second coming of Jesus.

5. BEWARE OF A WORLD CHURCH. This church is not of God. Do not back this church. It is from Satan himself. Do not associate with any kind of world church. Beware of Communist agents who will play the role of pastor. Beware of any big church movement after the rapture. Ask Jesus for a spirit of discernment.

6. BEWARE OF THE WORLD DICTATOR AND ANYTHING HE SAYS. This anti-Christ will appear upon the scene and become the leader of a ten nation government. He will be an international politician, a worldwide accepted man with all the answers to the world’s problems. He will back the one world church and seem to have an answer for everything, but do not pledge allegiance to this man; if you do, you damn your soul to eternal Hell. Beware of another man called the false prophet. He will more likely lead the one world church. He also will impress the world with his leadership and religious spirit. People will automatically accept him. He will perform many signs and miracles before you, and even raise the dead, but he will support the Anti-Christ and work with him for a one world government. Watch for these two men and do not pledge allegiance to them.
Read about the Anti-Christ in Revelation chapters 13 and 14, Daniel chapters 7 and 11, and read about the false prophet in Revelations chapters 13, 14, and 16.

7. DO NOT accept the mark of the beast (666). The Anti-Christ will control the economic system completely, and he will destroy the money system and install a number system either on your hand or your forehead.
Do not take this mark. If you do, you will be automatically doomed for eternity. Be prepared if you do not take it. You will be tortured or even put to death, but your soul will be saved in the end. You probably won’t be able to buy, sell, or trade anything, but do not take the anti-Christ’s number system. Begin now to ask Jesus for strength and boldness. There will be very rough times ahead.

8. BEWARE OF THE GOLDEN IDOL. The anti-Christ will erect an idol and place it in the temple. Read Daniel chapter 3, Revelation 13:15, Revelation 20:4, and Revelation 15:2.
Stay away from any image created by or for the anti-Christ.

9. STORE UP water, food, and cover, if possible. Move to the mountains and live off the land. Move away from the cities or civilization.

10. BE CAREFUL WHO YOU TRUST. Don’t trust every person who claims they are a Christian. Beware of Communist agents posing as Christians or ministers.

11. STAY IN THE WORD OF GOD. Memorize verses and establish fellowship with true believers.

12 WATCH YOUR GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION. Leave all large nuclear target areas, such as bases, cities, lakes, ship yards, industrial areas, etc.

13. STAY AWAY from earthquake faults.

14. OBTAIN fallout shelter, if possible.

Please Address Any Correspondence To:
VALLEY BIBLE FELLOWSHIP
P.O. BOX 6266
BAKERSFIELD, CA 93386
(661) 325-2251

PDF format available here: http://www.n00bl33t.com/godtestimonials/14%20things%20to%20do%20if%20you%20have%20missed%20the%20rapture.pdf

(via Lindsay Beyerstein, Majikthise, April 8, 2006)

3 Comments:

Blogger Lawayne said...

I'm not worried about the rapture simply because it is a denominational false doctrine that unfortunately millions believe. The word "rapture" is not even found in the Bible. This doctrine has Jesus coming for the saints at the beginning of the rapture and then it has Jesus coming with the saints at the end of the rapture. The rapture calls for only a protion of humanity, not the entire universe, to see Jesus when he first comes. The remainder of the living will not see him for at least seven years. Those among the unrighteous dead will not see him until the thousand years of the premillennial reign are finished. Yet REVELATION 1:7 affirms, "Behold he cometh with clouds; and every EYE SHALL SEE HIM, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so Amen." Matthew 25:31-46 has ALL nations before the Christ at his coming. BOTH wicked and righteous are there. IT all occurs at the same time. There is a great separation that occurs. The wicked are placed on the left and the righteous on the right. Each is told the WHY of the respective placement. Those on the left go to hell; those on the right go to heaven. There is NO ROOM in Matthew 25 for the Rapture theory, the trabulation period, the thousand year reign of Jesus and a thousand year interval between the resurrection of the righteous and the wicked. Paul states in 2 Timot˙y 4:1, "I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom." this is surely the second coming passage. But it is also a judgment passage. Those who are alive will be there. The Rapture theory contradicts John 5:28-29 "Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which ALL that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come for†h; they that have done good, unto the resurreciton of life; and they that have don eveil, unto the resurrection of damnatin." Jesus said the righteous dead and the wicked dead will come forth in the SAME HOUR. But the Rapture does not have it that way. That same hour cannot be stretched into more than a thousand years. John 5:28-29 is inspired and thus is right; the Rapture theory is false and cannot be right.

Please go back and study your bible. Matthew 16:18 clearly tells us whose church we should be a member of. If we obey, Jesus will add us to that church Acts 2:47.

I hope the best for you.

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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11:49 PM  
Blogger Lawayne said...

No thanks, I'll read my Bible instead. The doctrine of the "Rapture" denies the Lord's unversial coming. Matthew 25:31-46 has ALL NATIONS before Christ at his coming. It all occurs at the same time. There is a great separation that then occurs. There is NO ROOM in Matthew 25 for the Rapture theory. 2 Timothy 4:1, "I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the QUICK and the DEAD at his appearing and his kingdom." This is a second coming passage and judgement passage. Those who are alive will be there and those who are dead will be there. The Rapture theory has some of the dead raised with others still in their tombs. This is why this theory is a false one.

The Rapture contradicts John 5: 28-29: The passage states, "Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming,in the which ALL that are in the GRAVES shall hear his voice. And shall come forth they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation."

The Rapture theory contradicts the "Last Day" passages. In John'g gospel record we read, "And this is the Father's will, which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. Ans this is the will of him that sent me, that EVERYONE which SEETH the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day...No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day...Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day....He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." (John 6:39, 40, 44, 54; 11:24; 12:48) Jesus clearly teaches that the resurrection will be at the last day. He also taught very clearly and decisively that the judgement of the wicked will be the last day. And we have already learned from John 5:28-29 that the resurection of the good and evil will be within the SAME HOUR. When will that be? At the last day. But the Rapture theory has not only DAYS but even YEARS between the resurrectioon of the two classes - the good and the bad. The premillennial theory has even CENTURIES separating the resurrection of the two groups.

The Rapture theory contradicts 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10. The passage says: "Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on th em that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction form the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of hos power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day." Paul talks about two groups in this passage. One group is composed of those who are trouble, persecute, or afflict Christians. The other group is composed of those who are troubled, persecuted or afflicted. In this passage Paul also talks about two compensations. To the persecuting element God will one day render tribulation or affliction. To those who are afflicted God will one day render rest. When will this tribulation be rendered? When will this rest be rewarded? Both will occur when Jesus comes with the angels of his might; when he comes in flaming fire to take vengeance on the infidels and those who have not obeyed the gospel. They both will occur when he comes to separate the wicked forever from his presence and from the glory of his power and might; when he comes to be glorified in his saints and to be admired in all them that are faithful. It will be in the "last day".

The Rapture theory contradicts 2 Peter 3:10-12. This passage says: "But the day of the will will come as a thief in the night; in which THE HEAVENS SHALL PASS AWAY WITH A GREAT NOISE, AND THE ELEMENTS SHALL MELT WITH FERVENT HEAT, THE EARTH ALSO AND THE WORKS THAT ARE THEREIN SHALL BE BURNED UP. Seeing then that ALL things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the DAY OF GOD, wherein the heaven being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat." Without controversy this is a second coming passage. Your Rapture theory demands the continuation of this old earth after the Lord comes to Rapture the saints. You contend the wicked dead will still be buried in its bosom and that the wicked living will still be on its surface though suffering great tribulation. The Rapture says the earth will continue after his coming; 2 Peter 3:10-12 says it will be BURNED AT HIS COMING. Either the Rapture is wrong or else Peter taught an egregious error. By holding to the Rapture theory, you make Peter a FALSE teacher and the Holy Spirit that inspired him a Spirit of error.

It is not a matter if I am man enough to read what you so unkindly suggested. However, I urge you to go back to the Bible and leave a false doctrine.

Dear friend, as sincere as you may be, you need further study. May I encourage you to go to the www.gbntv.org/ (The Gospel Broadcasting Network) and also visit www.tftw.org/ (Truth for the World).
Remember, Jesus said in John 8:32 "You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free." My question to you is also: How can so many different religions who all are claiming to teach the truth, teach different doctrines that do not agree. In 1 Cor. 14:33 we read: "God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all the chuches of the saints." If God, is not the author of confusion, may I ask you who is? You and I can both drive down a street and come to a red sign with the letters S-T-O-P. Can we agree that it means STOP. I think so. So it is with God's word. He does not want us to folllow every wind of doctrine. There are false teachers all over.
Best wishes to you on your continued study. Ask God to lead you to the truth. If your heart is right and you are willing to study and not twist the scriptures, he will lead you to his church. Matthew 16:18 - the church of Christ. Romans 16:16.

Take care,
Lawayne

8:20 PM  

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