No pretribulation rapture

I know I may get a lot of nasty comments for this one, but it is the truth so it needs to be posted.  I know that many Christians believe in a pretribulation rapture.  In fact, I even used to be one of them before a brother in Christ opened my eyes.  There is a lot of stuff online defending the pretribulation rapture so I’ll most likely get a lot of flack but I want to speak Gods word.

Yes, it means that Christians will go through a lot of pain and suffering, but Christians will also get to live an eternity in heaven with God.  Honestly, the belief in the pretribulation rapture makes no sense, take a close look at Mark…

Matthew 24:29-31 ESV  “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.  (30)  Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, 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. (31)  And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Here is what 1 Thesalonians says

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17  (16)  For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with God’s trumpet. The dead in Christ will rise first, (17)  then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. So we will be with the Lord forever.

Yes, the rapture is a scary thing, and to be honest it scares me to my core.  However, God has warned us and prepared us.  God has also told us that the time of the tribulation will be short.  After the tribulation Jesus will come and he’ll light the sky from one end of heaven to the other.  What a glorious site that will be to see!!

Christians and Wasting Time

Yes, I know I haven’t been posting once again.  One of my favorite things to do when I get home from church on Sunday is to waste time.  As many of us Christians know, Satan loves to have us sell time.  It’s easy for most of us female Christians to waste time window shopping, doing beauty regiments, watching chick flicks, etc.  

While a little leisure time is good and even relaxing, we are called to guard our time and give our time up to God.  When we waste time, we’re not busy fulfilling the plans that God has for us.

My new goal is to stop wasting time on Sunday afternoons and get right to my blog as soon as I get home.  it’s also best to give a little time up to God once you wake up in the morning,  that way you start the day off right.  That is going to be my next goal, but I plan to take things one step at a time so the changes stick.  I hope that you resolve to give your time up to God and not let Satan talk you into wasting yours.  As Christians our time on this earth is truly precious.

Another Random Bible Verse

I just  can’t think of anything else to write about at the moment so here’s another random bible verse ……

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)

There’s nothing we can do to save ourselves or free ourselves from sin.  Jesus did die for us, all we have to do is believe and keep Gods commandments.  It is true that God wants us to serve one another, but we can’t get into heaven by simply doing good things.

It’s also true that God considers laziness a sin, but working hard isn’t going to get us into heaven.  The work to get us into heaven was done when Jesus died for us on the cross.  What more work could possibly be done?

Having faith isn’t always easy, and every Christian has struggled with it at some point.  It can seem difficult to have faith, but God has never given us any reason or cause to doubt him.

We all do want credit for the hard work we do, but hard work isn’t about boasting or bragging.  Hard work is its own reward.  Jesus never boasted or bragged about any of the work that he did.

Who is to blame for the death of Jesus???

In my grow group a few weeks ago we were talking about how the Jews are still getting blamed for the death of Jesus.  Then the question came up of whether or not the Romans are really to  be blamed.  The real question is should anyone really be blamed?

We tend to think of death as a terrible and tragic thing even when we know the good news of heaven.  Yes, it is a painful and grueling that Jesus went through on the cross, I am not trying to make light of it in any way.  

We must always remember that Jesus is alive.  He did die on the cross, and he certainly did not deserve death by any means.  Jesus died so that we can have eternal life in heaven, what does blame have to do with any of it?