Jan 3, 2011
New Year Fund Drive
The year 2010 is now in the rear-view mirror. It ended on a very hectic note for Rapture Ready. I was hoping to have our quarterly fund drive at the end of November, but a lengthy redesign of our financial software forced me to delay it until now.
This past year was our busiest time ever for bandwidth usage. In 2010, we consumed more than 2,200 gigabytes of data. The bandwidth usage for 2009 was 1,700 GB. The RR News Page has seen the most growth. Last year, we averaged 300,000 views per month. This year, the average has been 620,000 views per month. Our file size went from 26,000 to 32,000.
RR is by far the largest and most-visited prophecy site on the net. Because the typical prophecy site only has a few hundred files, we estimate that RR is larger than the next twenty-five domains that deal with Bible prophecy. During 2010, we had a huge increase in the number of people who regularly contribute content to our domain.
In 2011, we are planning on doing some upgrading to the site’s features. My belief has always been that if something works, don’t try to fix it. I see people constantly moving to the latest and greatest format for content. If you have something meaningful to say, it doesn’t matter if you post it on Myspace, Twitter, Blogspot or Facebook. However, since some of our pages are in their second decade, we decided a minor face lift is due. The Rapture Index is going to be the first page to get an update. If you have any suggestions for improvement, please send them to me.
In recent months, I have become very concerned about the government's intrusion affecting our ability to freely disseminate the end-time gospel message. We’ve taken several steps to provide RR with great security and options for dealing with unwanted federal oversight.
We’ve hired a Web design company to backup our RR news page on our mirror site, Anti-antichrist.com. Last week, some of you folks may have briefly had problems accessing RR. It was because we were adding security features to our domain that would allow us to encode our content at a future date.
The bulk of our new security measures went into the Donation Depot page. We had been working with PayPal for eight years, but decided it was time to move to a better online payment option. The new system does not require you to create a user account. It has a direct, secure access to Authorized.net - the nation’s largest online payment processor.
In the past, several people have said they would like to contribute online, but they don’t trust PayPal. We continued to use the service because it provides a great way to track donor records. Since the IRS has come out with a new rule that requires second- and third-party payment processors to track certain transactions, we decided it would be foolhardy to pay a service to spy on our members.
We are still a long way from having to worry about government censorship, but it pays to stay ahead of the crowd. When you are in a group being chased by a hungry lion, you only need to run faster than the slowest person. Most Christian ministries have no idea what is headed our way, and they will be easy pickings for a federal system that seeks to control what Christian organizations are able to say.
I mentioned in last week’s NM update that 2010 was a very difficult year for the field of Bible prophecy. Several prophecy ministries have folded, and the ones that remain have to struggle to get by. We need your help to keep the light of the truth growing in these final hours.
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Scanning a Fearful Future: Part 7
America and the nations of the world, as we have explored, are--according to Glenn Beck and Hal Lindsey--moving quickly down the road that leads to global socioeconomic cataclysm. I agree. Such a destiny lurks in the murkiness of the not-too-distant future. However, exactly how that destination will be reached and who among the planet’s current population will suffer the disastrous fate predicted by Beck and Lindsey are matters for much closer scrutiny.
Two questions we will try to address are in view as we look at the near future through the prism of Bible prophecy:
1) Will America and the world suffer Beck and Lindsey’s feared versions of economic collapse, thus societal catastrophe?
2) Will Christians in America suffer severe persecution as part of any such catastrophic breakdown?
Now, here’s where things can get quite confusing, if careful attention isn’t paid to the thoughts I’m trying to convey. I am of the conviction that America and the world will suffer Lindsey and Beck’s predicted economic, thus societal, catastrophe. Persecution and martyrdom will coalesce to make life for believers even in the U.S. region hell on earth as a result of that immense calamity.
I am at the same time equally convinced that there will neither be national and worldwide economic and societal collapse nor severe persecution and martyrdom for American Christians. Lunacy? Not if one views things to come through Bible prophecy as it is truly given for us to understand.
God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts (Isa. 55:8). Believe it or not, like it or not, God’s Word demonstrates that He deals with mankind in dispensations–distinctive eras that He alone determines. This generation is part of the dispensation of grace–the Church Age. This dispensation will morph into the Tribulation, a period of seven years of God’s judgment and wrath also known as "Daniel’s seventieth week."
My seemingly irrational claims, viewed in light of dispensational truth, are on sound biblical footing. Please consider slowly and carefully. Putting forth that I believe America and the world both will experience and will not experience apocalyptic socioeconomic collapse makes sense from dispensational perspective. Holding that American believers in Jesus Christ will not go through such persecution that includes martyrdom, all the while proclaiming that believers living in this nation will suffer persecution and martyrdom, is a biblically correct dispensational pronouncement.
These paradoxical proclamations are made understandable by the words of the greatest of all prophets–the Lord Jesus Christ. His astonishing prophecy about the end of this dispensation in which you and I are living addresses the two questions for which we seek answers.
Bible prophecy’s answers to these are as follows, I’m firmly convinced:
1) Neither America nor the world will suffer societal and monetary catastrophe that will bring about apocalyptic collapse due to man-made accidental bungling or contrived manipulation. However, there will be a crash of the world’s socioeconomic system, which will cause chaos of unfathomable scope, brought about by the God of heaven in an instant of time.
2) Christians in America today will not face persecution of the sort suffered by martyrs in past ages and by believers in parts of the world at present. But, following God’s next catastrophic intervention into earth’s history, believers in North America--as well as all other believers in Jesus Christ--will suffer persecution even worse than that inflicted upon believers of previous times.
Most Relevant Prophecy
When thinking on prophecies that are stage-setting for the wind-up of history, we most often point to prophecies involving Israel being back in the land of promise as most key to where we stand on God’s end-of-the-age timeline. The peace process and Jerusalem being at the center of the world’s spotlight show precisely the lateness of the hour.
That said, I believe no prophecy is more relevant for this moment in history than that given by Jesus Christ Himself, which encompasses not just the future of Israel and Jerusalem, but of the entire world:
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. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. (Luke 17: 26-30)
This prophetic declaration by the Creator of all things is about the generation that will be alive at the dénouement of the age. Specifically, it refers to one catastrophic moment in the present dispensation when all of this world system will come crashing down. We will next look in-depth at the details wrapped up in Jesus’ foretelling of planet earth’s near future.