Apr 24, 2017

Donation Drive May to July 2017

For nearly 30 years Rapture Ready has been an online resource for end-times information. I started the site in September of 1987, while I was an airman stationed at Offutt Air Force Base. In these three decades many things have changed, and some have come full circle. I started on an Apple computer that had a small screen and no mouse. Today, most people access the site on an Apple smart phone with a tiny screen and of course no mouse.

The credit for RR’s success goes to the dozens of people who have helped build and maintain its content over the years. Every day we have people posting news, monitoring the message board, creating new articles, and keeping our various categories updated.

I am always open to receiving article submissions from new contributors. Our main guideline for submissions is simple; they should have a general promotion of the gospel message and/or  sound biblical content relating to Bible prophecy and/or the end-times. I do have a word to say about commitment: I’ll have five people ask about submitting articles to RR, and I’m yet to have more than one person follow through.

We are still working on transferring articles to the WordPress format. Since last June, our Web design team has posted 5,200 articles to our new format site. We have several thousand more to relocate. If we don’t make it before the Rapture, there is already a vast amount of information for people to find.

As I mentioned in a previous a Nearing Midnight update, Rapture Ready has become locked in a life and death struggle with technology giants that act as gatekeepers of the Internet. If you are a Christian or conservative, your content is frowned upon by the Web overlords.

Throughout Scripture Jesus and the Apostles urge us to “watch” and be ready for His return. We post a lot of information on Rapture Ready that speaks to how close we are to the final years of world history—to the end of the Church Age (while at the same time emphasizing the need for people to come to a saving faith in Christ). It is also our intention to encourage believers in their walk with Christ by offering edifying content, and providing a place to visit and feel a sense of belonging in these days of uncertainty.

It has become more of an effort to maintain the site because of the anti-Christian, anti-conservative bias of the tech giants who play fast and loose with their power over those of us who are dedicated to the gospel and Christian/conservative principles. Your prayers are very much needed. I believe we are battling “the prince and power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2b)—the devil himself.

A friend told me he visits a site on home gardening that is run by a Christian couple. Even though they don’t express any political views, their ability to function is being undermined; their videos are banned, blocked or diminished because of various hurdles to get to their site. It has become quite clear that if you want to have a presence on the Web, you need to keep your religion to yourself.

In any other age the mere allegation of a company deciding to discriminate against Christians would have people rioting in the streets. We have overwhelming evidence that this is happening, and yet people in general have very little concern. In February, I mentioned a petition that aimed at getting President Trump’s attention on this matter. It failed because not enough people signed up.

We have made steady progress in improving the ranking of RR. We have used ads and the posting of our content onto social media to combat the negative bias. A couple months ago, “Rapture Ready” was the only way get the site to show up in a search result. We have now been able to get first and second page listing in several prophecy-related phrases.

I do not think the bias against Christian sites is going to get any better. The left has become so insanely radical in their opposition to the folks on the right, they are going to use every opportunity to seek our destruction. Because of this blind madness, I can only conclude that it would be a fatal blow to democracy in America to even have the Democratic Party get back into power. Even with Trump as president and with Republicans controlling Congress, the left is making inroads.

Contributions which enable us to share the gospel message are not consistent. Over the years, we’ve lost faithful supporters due to death, poor health, and financial reversals. I think the greatest limiting factor now is time—it is rapidly running out.

As we get closer to the Tribulation hour, it is important for every Christian to have an end-time mindset. With the devil doing everything he can to silence promoting Bible prophecy, we must be close to the end. Because it has become very costly to keep our heads above water, it is vital that we receive your financial support along with your prayers. Your participation in this ministry is greatly appreciated and we could not continue reaching others without your help.

We have three ways you can contribute to Rapture Ready and enable our efforts to expand our reach. You can help us keep getting our message out by sending a financial gift via our postal address; you can make a one-time donation by a credit card, or you can sign-up to make monthly donations via PayPal. More information can be found on our Donation page.

Rapture Ready’s P.O. box address:

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–Todd


Posthumous Post Profoundly Personal

Please indulge me as I yet again engage with personal memory of Easter season six years ago. It is a memory that I couldn’t put out of the forefront of my thoughts even if I wanted to do so–which I don’t.

Good Friday, April 22, 2011 was the day that, after a workout session, I felt as if my chest would explode. It was a widow maker heart attack.

Once the emergency guys got me to the hospital about 2 two miles from our home, my heart stopped. I was instantaneously in the presence of a throng of beautiful young people–male and female–who cheered vigorously, all the while bidding me to join them.

I started to do so, but everything grew dark around me and I was on the gurney being whisked toward the cath lab.

I heard a young man say he had to “hit him with the paddles.”

I asked, “What paddles?” and he replied: “Your heart stopped and I had to use the defib paddles.”

My heart stopped two more times that afternoon. Each time I was instantaneously in front of the same wildly cheering throng of young men and women who bid me to join them.

The third time I joined them and we were running a victory lap of some sort. They were looking over at me and laughing joyously, with their hands extended at full arms-length into the air.

 

The sensation was…well… heavenly. I have no other way of describing it. We were running–without any physical exertion whatsoever–toward some wonderful destination. (I have, in reflecting on this experience for years, come to the conclusion we were headed toward the Throne of God.)

I know these were the “cloud of witnesses” of Hebrews 12:1-3.

But, things grew dark again and I was again, after seemingly several seconds, on the cath lab table and the cardiologist interventionist was working on me. He had removed the arterial blockage.

Astonishingly, I had no permanent heart damage and have had absolutely no problem with my engine since. My life, however, continues to be affected every waking moment by that Good Friday trip to somewhere on the heavenly property that I will someday inherit–as will you, if you know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. (We are joint heirs with Christ, God’s Word promises.)

So, with that memory indelibly etched in my spirit, I naturally–or perhaps supernaturally would be a better term–was reflecting on my trip of six years ago the other day as Easter 2017 approached.

One of my things to do every morning is to read The Omega Letter. This email newsletter is well known by most who love Bible prophecy, of course. It is the letter mailed daily to subscribers that was written by Jack Kinsella, perhaps the most prolific such writer I’ve known.

Jack was a dear, personal friend who went to claim his heavenly property inheritance in 2013. I miss him immensely, as do all who knew him. He was indeed a special friend and Christian brother.

More than that, he was a special teacher of all things biblical–especially of the prophetic Word of God. In that regard I don’t miss him, because his many hundreds of articles continue to instruct, implore, exhort, admonish, and inspire on a daily basis. His writing is, amazingly, as fresh as the day he wrote it.

So it was on Saturday before this past Easter Sunday that I opened my Omega Letter.

There it was–Jack’s inspiration and exhortation for this Easter. Only it was originally written April 23, 2011. That’s right. It was written one day after my trip onto the heavenly property that Jack now owns for all of eternity. I probably shouldn’t, but I envy him that fact…

Jack’s words were wonderfully poignant and personal that day as he waxed eloquent yet simply in his own inimitable, communicative style.

Since there is no such word as coincidence in God’s vocabulary, according to Jack’s dear friend Hal Lindsey, I know that the Lord somehow used Jack’s and my close friendship to convey this special message on the day following Good Friday.

Jack, in closing that Omega Letter, addresses the question: What happens when we die?

He wrote:

If the Bible is true and Jesus can be believed, then when a saved person closes his eyes in this life, he awakes fully conscious in the next – where he is whisked by the angels into heaven… There is a choice. But it is admittedly limited. One can repent and trust Jesus or one can face God clothed in one’s own righteousness and see how things work out…

Jack pointed out in the article that,tragically, the rich man Jesus told about in the rich man and Lazarus story is still in the place of torment, eternally regretting depending on his own righteousness to get him to Heaven. Jack’s posthumous post delivers to me the profoundly personal exhortation to do more to reach the lost with the Gospel at every opportunity–opportunity I’ve been given by having been returned to earth for awhile longer.

–Terry

Apr 17, 2017

Europe Is Committing Suicide

Many scary organisms exist in nature. Those at the top of my list are parasites that take off the nervous system of insects and compel them to perform suicidal acts. An undiscovered bug must be infecting the minds of the citizens of Europe.

In the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Germany and Sweden, Islamic terrorism is spreading like the plague; and few people are willing to acknowledge the source of the problem.

Last week four people in Stockholm were mowed down with a truck by 39-year-old, Rakhmat Akilov—a known Muslim radical extremist from Uzbekistan. Akilov roamed around freely (as are 12,000 other high-risk people) because the Swedish government is too timid to deal with a religion that sanctions mass murder.

Every time there is a Islamic terrorist attack we see images of flowers, candles, and crowds of people pledging to fight against all forms of hate. Yet according to the liberal press, the biggest hatred to worry about is Islamaphobia.

The actual victims of Islamic terrorism usually receive very little attention from the media. The first person killed by Rakhmat Akilov was an 11-year-old Swedish girl, Ebba Akerlund. The media avoided showing her name and image because they are actively protecting Islam. However, they have no problem repeatedly showing the images of children suffering from the Syrian civil war.  If someone dies from an Islamic terror attack, it becomes old news in a matter of days.

A year ago, London’s Muslim Mayor Sadiq Khan, stated, “Living with terror attacks is part and parcel of living in a big city.” After last month’s attack near the U.K. Parliament, Khan expressed annoyance that people would try to “politicize” the event.

President Donald Trump has spoken many times about the problem of Islamic terrorism as it relates to immigration: “You look at what’s happening, We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?”

Back in February, Trump criticized Sweden’s immigration record, tweeting: “Give the public a break – The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!”

The press tried to argue that Trump’s comment about Sweden was a lie. The president clarified his claims writing on Twitter, “My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.”

In that story, the Fox News host, Tucker Carlson, interviewed Ami Horowitz, a filmmaker who asserts that migrants in Sweden have been associated with a crime wave. “They oftentimes try to cover up some of these crimes,” Mr. Horowitz said. Anyone who tries to tell the truth about the situation is shouted down as a racist and a xenophobe.

The number of rapes and arson attacks committed by Muslims have exploded in recent years. To hide the truth, Swedish authorities have stopped reporting any crime data that show a link to Islamists.

Large parts of Sweden have been turned into No-Go Zones where Muslims will attack any infidel who dares to enter their turf.

Government-owned postal service PostNord has stopped mail delivery to some addresses near the Muslim immigrant-dominated Stockholm suburb of Rinkebya—a No-Go-Zone. Known for frequent riots, car burnings and an attack on police pursuing a terrorist suspect, the area has become too dangerous to send in employees delivering mail. (Swedish police have essentially surrendered No-Go-Zones to Muslim criminal gangs.)

In March, it was revealed to the public that police officers commuting individually to work in that area is too hazardous—because of the high-risk of being attacked by Muslims. Officers are now bused into the Stockholm suburb together in groups.

There have been so many attacks against the police that a new fortified police station is being built. The new station will feature bullet proof windows, walls reinforced with sheet metal, and fencing around it, possibly with electrified barbed wire.

It is hard to come up with a logical explanation for why the people of Europe offer little resistance to this destructive Islamic invasion. I think what we are witnessing is end-time madness. The world has become so evil, demonic forces are able to control the minds of the lost. The level of insanity that we’ve reached should make it clear to all believers that the end of the Church Age is very near.

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

–Todd


 Case of the Missing Millions  

Erle Stanley Gardner, creator of Perry Mason, the fictional criminal defense attorney, had nothing on the apostle Paul. Gardner reported  on the great lawyer as he solved all his cases, winning acquittal for his clients at every turn. But Paul, the former Saul of Tarsus, brought the world the story of resolution  to what will be the greatest mystery of all time–that wrapped up in the case of the missing millions.

There is some interesting interplay to be found here, believe me. While Perry’s mysteries were to entertain us as he got his innocent clients off the proverbial hook within human courtrooms, Paul’s “mystery” involves us as the subjects of all being guilty in God’s Court of Righteousness. Paul explains how each of us–each human being–can be gotten off that hook, even though we are already proven guilty!

Perry always carefully defined the crime of which his client was accused. We knew the client was innocent…well…because of the very fact that Perry Mason was defending him or her. Paul places the crime of which we–all human beings–are accused  within one, simple statement: “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work” (2 Thessalonians 2:7a).

We know that we are all guilty as charged under this “mystery of iniquity”  because of Paul’s words that report condemnation by the God of Heaven: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

So, “sin” is at the heart of this “mystery.” That mystery is working in the world today as it has always been active. It is scheduled to get much worse as the Dispensation of Grace (Church Age) nears its end.

“But evil men and seducers shall [become] worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13).

So, whereas the fictional Mr. Mason’s clients were presumed innocent, each of us–you and I–is, in fact, guilty as charged. This is because of original sin.

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12).

The original man, Adam, partook of the fruit of the forbidden Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. That act of rebellion started that mystery called “iniquity”  upon planet earth. Apparently that mystery was already present in Lucifer, one of the Lord’s most majestic angels. This is what God says about that long ago mystery:

Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou was perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. (Ezekiel 28:13-17)

This magnificent creature became full of pride (read Isaiah 14:14). He came to the planet prepared for God’s creation called man. Lucifer–now called Satan–did his iniquitous work effectively and continues to do it effectively.

Man is therefore as guilty in the court of God’s righteousness as are the fallen angels (those who rebelled with Lucifer all those eons ago).

Paul the apostle–a mere man, fallen like the rest of us, until he was  declared “not guilty”–is only the Supreme’s Court reporter. He tells us of the one and only Attorney who can successfully handle each case involving the mystery of iniquity before the eternal bench of God the Judge.

Here are John the apostle’s words on that Great Advocate:

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2: 1-2)

Our Attorney is far superior to Perry Mason or any earthly attorney. He is Jesus Christ–the very Son of the Supreme Judge–God, the Father. When Jesus defends, it is a guaranteed “Not Guilty” verdict!

Our defense rests upon our plea that we believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of our Advocate, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul, the court reporter, says of that plea, a plea each of us must make as we turn our desperate case over to our Attorney, whom we trust completely:

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10: 9-10)

Jesus, the Christ, stands between us and eternal punishment. He is our only hope. And He never fails to win our acquittal.

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 2:5)

Paul expounds on a further “mystery”  that will be handled by the Lord Jesus Christ. This eternal legal action will not only keep us from God the Judge’s courtroom of condemnation; the action will get all of Jesus Christ’s clients–those who believe as described above–completely off this condemned planet at some stupendous moment just ahead!

Paul the court reporter tells us of this all-important action:

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:15-16)

He states further:

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)

Thus the case of the missing millions will conclude. Mystery will be solved. Comforting words indeed! Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

–Terry