May 3, 2010
Enduring Unto the End
We at Rapture Ready have always thought that our role is to act as end-times meteorologists. We look for signs of prophetic instability and forecast what may soon transpire.
Another one of our duties is to keep the flock alert. If you lose the ability to comprehend the changes in the last-days climate, no amount of warnings will do you any good.
Jesus pronounced in strong language the role that “endurance” will play in the days leading up to His second advent: “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved" (Matt. 24:11-13).
One of the reasons we don't allow rapture date-setting on the message board is because this type of activity robs people of their endurance. At first, people are very excited about the possibility of the rapture occurring on a given date, but after a decade of failed dates, people become very callous to the end times.
Our mirror site program is a good working example of why endurance is so important. When the Lord Jesus comes to earth to rapture the church away, I strongly believe the event will generate the greatest panic in human history. There will be a huge crush of traffic all trying to access any site that relates to Bible prophecy.
In 2002, I started asking people who have extra space on their servers to host a RR mirror. Since these copy sites have very little traffic and take up a small amount of space, they are very easy to maintain. Despite the fact that there is little the host needs to do, we have a very steady turnover rate for mirror sites. I did a check last week of the list of backup sites, and nine of the thirty-six were defunct.
I'm not concerned about the loss of a few mirror sites. The bandwidth of the average server is growing so fast, the day may soon come when all we need is a handful of accounts to provide an endless amount of information to the global population.
My point here concerns the people who dropped out. I know there are some good reasons for why we lose mirror sites. I know of some cases in which the businesses hosting the account failed. In most cases, the mirrors go black because of neglect--files get corrupted, the domain expires, or the mirror is deleted.
When the rapture takes place, the people who failed to endure will miss out on a wonderful blessing. Because every task we do for the kingdom of God is the only thing that matters, I equate this type of omission with someone leaving a singing group right before it hits the big time, or someone selling a stock only to watch it increase in value after the sale.
Endurance can be all about maintaining your standards. I was in the Air Force for twenty years, and I lived right next to Offutt, which is the old Sac headquarters base. The whole time I was there, I hated the constant jet noise. When I retired, I moved twenty miles away from the base. Last September, I moved down here to Benton, Ark. It is a nice community, but it has a problem with trains. The city is on a main line that comes up from Dallas. About every five minutes, a train comes through town, blowing its horn at every intersection. I live about two miles from the tracks in a rental because it was the best house I could find on short notice. I will never get used to the sound of the train's horn blowing because I have an enduring hatred of noisy environments. What keeps me going with Rapture Ready is my enduring hatred of this sinful world. I don't like it and I never will get used to it.
It is very important to regularly ask ourselves how dedicated we are to the cause of Christ. Here are a few questions to test your motivation level:
How active is your prayer life?
Do you regularly study God’s Word?
Do you live a life of spiritual integrity?
When is the last time you shared your faith with someone else?
Do you support Christian causes?
"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the 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 these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness" (2 Pet. 3:10-11).
Violence: An End-Times Volcano
While Iceland spews its lava, abrasive gases, and ash and the Santiaguito volcano in Guatemala belches massive amounts of the same, a volcano of another sort seems to signal prophecy spoken by the greatest of all prophets. Human violence--as dangerous if not more so than that of the geophysical kind--is erupting.
The war on terror declared by President George W. Bush following the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. put the spotlight on human violence spawned by Islamic fanatics. Rumors of war in the Middle East and elsewhere continue to occupy the fears of the world diplomatic community. North Korea's flashing its nuclear threat, Iran's not-so-veiled striving to achieve status as a nuclear power player--all attest to the violence around this fallen sphere.
Mankind has always been violent--since the fall in the Garden of Eden that soon brought Cain to kill Abel. However, there is building violence of a sort that bubbles from the very core of the cesspool of societal abscess that has developed because of man's moving ever farther away from God. It is happening on a global scale, whether considering rage in Greece because of economic upheaval or atrocities by Muslim terrorists perpetrating genocide in Afghanistan and other places. But, it is the violence boiling in American city streets that I would like to consider for the moment.
Gang violence has become so deadly in Chicago that authorities want military used to deal with the escalating dangers posed to the general public.
CHICAGO--Two lawmakers who believe violence has become so rampant in Chicago that the Illinois National Guard must be called in to help made a public plea to Gov. Pat Quinn to deploy troops.
A recent surge in violent crime, including a night last week that saw seven people killed and eighteen wounded--mostly by gunfire--prompted the request from Chicago Democratic Reps. John Fritchey and LaShawn Ford. They were joined by Willie Williams, whose son was shot and killed in 2006.
Chicago has had 113 homicide victims so far this year, Fritchey said.
"As we speak, National Guard members are working side-by-side with our troops to fight a war halfway around the world," he said during a news conference in downtown Chicago. "The unfortunate reality is that we have another war that is just as deadly that is taking place right in our backyard." ("Chicago Lawmakers: Call In the National Guard," Associated Press, 4/26/10).
Growing violence within our nation genuinely threatens stability to the point that the U.S. military is considered as being necessary to deal with the problem. Yet the mainstream media tries to make Americans believe that the peaceful, patriotic TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party efforts to urge lawmakers toward fiscal sanity is the real public enemy number one. They broadcast and print incessantly that these are dangerous and disruptive to the national tranquility.
Reprobate (upside-down) thinking pervades our lawmakers and their sycophantic news and entertainment media propagandists. Left-leaning political ideology, rather than reason and constitutional law, rules the day. Violence spawned by the lawlessness that is determined to force those who work to produce income to give to a welfare culture full of people who can but won't work rages in our streets, and grows by the day.
Dr. Randall Price, who is expert on recent Ararat expeditions--and has been personally involved in some of them--believes the findings announced this past week about the locating of Noah's Ark to be not legitimate. However, perhaps the very fact that there has been created great interest that the Ark might have been found at the 13,000-foot level of Mt. Ararat might be a wake-up call the Lord of heaven wants the world to hear. That this generation is in the time Jesus said would be like the days of Noah at the time of His second coming just might be that message.
Jesus said: "And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all." (Lk 17: 26-27)
When we look how it was in the "days of Noah," we immediately discover the matter that made the Lord have to destroy all people upon the earth with the exception of Noah and his seven family members: "The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.... And God said unto Noah, 'The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth'" (Gen. 6: 11, 13).
Volcanic-like violence rumbles in the hearts of mankind. Most all signals of the Tribulation and Christ's coming again to rule and reign on planet Earth are manifest in the news headlines of our time. Christ's shout--"Come up here!" (Rev. 4: 1)--can happen at any moment!