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CAUGHT UP

Revelation 12:5


And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

 

Caught up.

This speaks of the Lord's ascension (Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9-11). The two witnesses (11:12) and the 144,000 (7:4; 14:1-3) are also CAUGHT UP.  CAUGHT UP= Gr. harpazo= appears 13x in the Textus Receptus is translated TAKE IT/HIM BY FORCE 3x (v.12; John 6:15; Acts 23:10); PLUCK 2x (John 10:28-29); PULLING 1x (Jude 1:23)); CATCHETH (AWAY) 2x (13:19; John 10:12); CAUGHT AWAY 1x (Acts 8:39); and CAUGHT UP 4x (2 Cor 12:2,4; 1 The 4:17; Rev 12:5).  It is the Greek equivalent for the Latin word raptus from which we get our word RAPTURE.

 

To be CAUGHT UP is to be TRANSLATED (Heb. 11:5). Since the MANCHILD is JESUS CHRIST and JESUS CHRIST is the WORD OF GOD (John 1:1,14; 1 John 5:7; Rev 19:13), then this verse speaks of the "translation" of the Word of God.  Two important questions are, was Jesus Christ just as holy and pure AFTER his translation to heaven as he was when he was conceived by the Holy Ghost in the womb of Mary?  Is he just as holy and pure today nearly 2,000 years AFTER his translation?  The obvious answer to both these questions is "YES"! So the reasonable question to those who believe only the original manuscripts are pure, infallible, and inerrant is, if the incarnate Word is just as holy and pure AFTER translation as when originally give, what Biblical evidence is there against the same being true of the inspired word?


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NO ERROR

Daniel 6:4


4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.

 

Neither was there any fault found in him.

Daniel 6 can be appropriately titled, “the gospel according to Daniel”. Just as Daniel was a type of the HOLY SPIRIT in Daniel 5 (5:16) note, so he is a type of CHRIST in Daniel 6. The leaders were envious of Daniel so they seek to find fault in him but find none, just like the religious leaders were envious of Jesus (Mark 15:10) and vainly sought to find fault in him (1 Pet 2:22). When the leaders could not find fault with Daniel, they sought to frame him and kill him. The religious leaders did the same thing to Jesus (Mark 14:1; John 18:38; 19:4,6). Daniel was cast into the den of lions but was “raised” without any manner of hurt upon him (v.16,23), just as Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried, but rose again the third day in a glorified resurrection body.

 

Daniel certainly pictures Jesus Christ in Daniel 6, but he also pictures the fact the word of God has been perfectly preserved through translation.  The scriptures replaced the office of prophet as the source of revelation of the word of God. Daniel was a prophet according to the Lord Jesus Christ (Matt 24:15), and in that office he often INTERPRETED (i.e.- translated) the original divine revelation.  When Nebuchadnezzar could not understand the original divine revelation God gave him in Daniel 2 and Daniel 4, Daniel was brought forth to translate it for him so he could understand it. When Belshazzar could not understand the original divine revelation God gave him in Daniel 5, Daniel was brought forth again to translate it. The leaders sought to find error or fault in Daniel but could not find any, just as religious leaders have unsuccessfully sought error and fault in the King James Bible.  They may THINK they have identified error or fault, but there isn’t any just as there wasn’t any in Daniel.


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CONFOUNDED

Acts 2:6


6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.



Confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

The word LANGUAGE defines the word TONGUE (v.4,8,11) and these languages are identified as EARTHLY languages (v.9-11) not some babble or Charismatic gibberish disguised as an alleged “angelic” language spoken in heaven. Since members of the audience UNDERSTOOD the languages that were spoken, none of them were “unknown” tongues (1 Cor 14:2).

Pentecost was a miraculous reversal of Babel. At Babel, the people were confounded when they could not understand each other when they spoke in various tongues (Gen 11:7)

Pentecost was a miraculous reversal of Babel. At Babel, the Lord confounded their language so no one could understand each other (Gen 11:7) but at Pentecost, when the Lord gave the disciples the ability to speak in other languages, they could understand each other.

Pentecost was the beginning of the TRUE CHURCH just as Babel was the beginning of the FALSE CHURCH (Rev 17:5).

Just as the SPEAKING in tongues enabled the gospel to be spread throughout the world (Acts 1:8) by PREACHING the word of God, so the CONFUSION of tongues enabled the Babylonian mystery religion to be spread throughout the world (Gen 11:9) by SYMBOLS (i.e.- the “hidden word”).

Since tongues are for a SIGN to them that believe not (1 Cor 14:22) and the JEWS require a sign (1 Cor 1:22), it is not surprising that the audience was Jews (v.5) and Jewish proselytes (v.10). The apostolic signs, including speaking in tongues, served to authenticate the ministry and message of the apostles (Mark 16:20) until the completion of the New Testament scriptures (1 Cor 13:8-10). 

The fact this audience was Jews and Jewish proselytes shows that the Lord could have given them his word in one of the “original languages” because all of them would have understood either Hebrew or Greek.  But since they were out of EVERY NATION, he chose rather to give them his word in their OWN LANGUAGE. This shows that the Lord’s intent and purpose is to give his word to the entire world in a language they can understand rather than restrict it to Hebrew and Greek. The words preached by the disciples in these non-Hebrew and Greek languages was the infallible, inerrant, incorruptible word of God because speaking in tongues fulfilled the purpose of providing the revelation of the word of God to those who did not understand Hebrew or Greek until the revelation of the scriptures (i.e.- the written word of God) was completed (1 Cor 13:8-10; 2 Tim 3:16-17). The Lord could have retained speaking in tongues as the means of perfectly preserving and spreading his inspired word in other languages, but he chose to do so through TRANSLATION of the scriptures.


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Turn To The People A Pure Language

Zepheniah 3:9


For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.


Turn to the people a pure language.

It appears a universal language will be instituted during the Millennial kingdom so all can worship the Lord with one consent.  This constitutes a reversal of Babel when the Lord confounded the speech of the rebellious nations and the various languages were created (Gen 11:7-8).  The likely universal language is HEBREW for the following reasons:


1) The Egyptians will speak the "language of Canaan" during the Millennium (Isa 19:18)

2) Hebrew is spoken by those in heaven as evidenced by the word "Alleluia" (Rev 19:1,6)

3) Hebrew is the native tongue of the Jewish people and Israel will be the head of the nations during the Millennium (Isa 60:11-12)


The institution of a universal language in the Millennium does not mean that other languages will be immediately abolished (Zec 8:23), just that one specific language will be known by everyone.


One change to the Hebrew language at this time is the possibility that it will be written and read left-to-right instead of the current right-to-left direction.  The RIGHT HAND represents power.  Jesus Christ (the incarnate Word) is currently seated at the RIGHT hand of God (Psa 110:1 ref.) because he is the power of God (1 Cor 1:24). The Bible (the complete inspired word of 66 books) has the New Testament on the RIGHT side because the gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Rom 1:16).  The Old Testament is on the left side because it does not have the power to save.  This turn of direction int he writing and reading of Hebrew, the native tongue of the Jews, would be symbolic of Israel's TURNING (i.e.-repentance and conversion) to the Lord Jesus Christ as their Messiah and Savior (Isa 59:20; 66:8; Rom 11:26; 2 Cor 3:16).  The use of the word TURN in the verse is no coincidence.


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The HAND and the FOREHEAD

Deuteronomy 6:6-8


6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.


A sign.

SIGN= Heb. Owth; also translated MARK (Gen 4:15) in association with Cain, a type of the Antichrist.


Upon thine hand, and...as frontlets between thine eyes.

The word of the Lord was to be a sign in the HAND and between the eyes (i.e. - the FOREHEAD) just like the mark of the beast will be in the right HAND or FOREHEAD (Rev 13:16).  There is ample scriptural evidence in support of the mark of the beast being a counterfeit of the word of the Lord.  The word of the Lord is incorruptible seed (1 Pet 1:23), the source of spiritual regeneration, and makes us new creatures in Christ (2 Cor 5:17).  In contrast, the mark of the beast is corruptible seed, the source of spiritual degeneration, and will make the lost new creatures (not human) in the beast.


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7,000

Romans 11:2-4


2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,

3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.

4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.

 

I have reserved to myself seven thousand.

Elijah thought he was the only true prophet of God left on the earth just like a number of preachers and teachers believe the King James Bible is the only perfectly preserved word of God on the earth today.  God’s answer to Elijah serves as an answer to those who question whether the King James Bible is the only true word of God left. Far from having just one faithful and true prophet left, the Lord told Elijah that he had reserved to himself 7,000. Why is the number 7,000 relevant?  There are 7,000 different languages in the world today. God promised to preserve his inspired words (Psa 12:6-7) and it has always been his will to get his word to the world in a language they can UNDERSTAND. The gift of tongues and the interpretation of tongues fulfilled this purpose temporarily, until the revelation of the New Testament scriptures was completed (1 Cor 13:10). Even though the New Testament was inspired in Greek, it was never the will of God to confine his infallible, inerrant word to a single language. God chose Greek because it was the closest thing to a global language and was the language of international commerce; making it the most understood language in the world at the time and the best base language for translation. The Lord has fulfilled his promise to perfectly preserve his inspired words in spite of the obstacles and human flaws posed in the copying and translation processes.  The Hebrew Masoretic Text and Greek Textus Receptus from which the King James Bible was translated are the perfectly preserved word of God in those respective languages. The King James Bible is the perfectly preserved word of God in English. According to multiple sources including Ethnologue, there are approximately 7,000 others. Elijah did not ask God for the names of the other 7,000 prophets before he would believe it, he just took God at his word and so should we.  The King James Bible is the infallible, inerrant, incorruptible, perfectly preserved word of God in English, but it is NOT alone.  The Lord has reserved to himself 7,000 so that when it is all said and done, there will be NO LANGUAGE where the infallible, inerrant, incorruptible word of God (1 Pet 1:23) will not be heard (Psa 19:3; Rom 10:17).  Since the Bible has only been translated into approximately 3,000 of the 7,000 languages, this will either be fulfilled through significant future translation and/or the preaching of the 144,000 in the Tribulation.  It is possible that the gift of tongues will be restored to the 144,000 for the purpose of reaching the previously unreachable with the word of God in their language.  The results of the preaching of the 144,000 are seen in Revelation 7:9 where their converts are "a great multitude, which no man could number".  They are also from "all TONGUES".  Since "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Rom 10:17), these converts must have heard the incorruptible word of God in THEIR LANGUAGE.  This can only be accomplished through translation or spiritual gift. 

Another amazing note is that the 7,000 prophets of the Lord constitute a 95% MAJORITY when compared to the 400 false prophets that ate at Jezebel's (a type of BABYLON THE GREAT) table (1 Kin 18:19; 22:6); and the percentage of existing manuscripts that form the MAJORITY TEXT (i.e.- the Textus Receptus) is 95%!






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The Foolish Woman

Proverbs 9:13-14


13 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.

14 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,


A foolish woman.

There are two different women mentioned throughout the book of Proverbs, the “virtuous” woman (12:4; 31:10) and the “strange” woman (2:16; 5:3,20; 6:24; 7:5; 20:16; 22:14; 23:27,33; 27:13). The virtuous woman is a picture of the true church, which is the chaste virgin bride of Christ (2 Cor 11:2).  The strange woman and the foolish woman are one and the same and picture the false church, which is the great whore Mystery, Babylon the Great (Rev 17:5).


On a seat.

The seat that THE WOMAN (Rev 17:1) sits upon is Satan’s seat (Rev 2:13). It is located in the high places (Eph 6:12) of the city, which is ROME (Rev 17:18). This seat will be given to the Antichrist (Rev 13:2) when the 10 kings destroy the great whore in what appears to be the middle of the Tribulation (Rev 17:12).


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What Kind?

James 1:18


“Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.” (Jam 1:18)

 

That we should be a kind.

The Lord has ordained that in the process of generation everything reproduces after it’s own KIND, and “the kind” to be reproduced is determined by the SEED of the source (Gen 1:11-12,21,24-25). The same mandate applies to the process of regeneration. The word of God is the seed of the new birth and is INCORRUPTIBLE (1 Pet 1:23). Consequently, the new man (i.e.- nature) produced in the believer the moment he trusts Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, is also incorruptible (1 Pet 3:4). Moreover, since the source of the seed of the word of God is the Lord himself, and the Lord is righteous, holy, and sinless, so the new nature is also righteous, holy, and sinless (Eph 4:24; 1 John 3:9). The fact that there has been millions of true born again believers throughout the past 2,000 years is proof positive that the Lord has perfectly preserved his inspired, inerrant, infallible word. Since kind always produces after it’s own kind, and the seed of the source determines that kind, consider the serious ramifications if the seed of the “word of God” that I was born again with had even one error or mistake in it.  

 

·       It would mean that the source of the seed, namely the Lord, is also flawed

·       It would mean that the “new nature” produced within me is also flawed

·       If the Lord is flawed and my new nature is flawed, then I have no hope of eternal life

 

It is important to note that no one since at least 100 AD has been born again by any original manuscript, and the overwhelming majority of professed born again believers in the past 2,000 years were born again from a TRANSLATION of the word of God. So if it is contended that all translations are flawed (because all men are flawed and translations are solely the work of men), then everyone who has been born again from a translation of scriptures has a flawed new nature. If our new nature is flawed and corruptible then it is no better than the old nature and we are on our way to hell.

 

The plain, simple, and reasonable truth is that we are born again by INCORRUPTIBLE seed (1 Pet 1:23) because the Lord has perfectly preserved his inspired, inerrant, infallible, word throughout the past 2,000 years; and those who have been truly born again are INCORRUPTIBLE creatures in their new nature.

 


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Sodomites Win, 5-4

Genesis 14

 

On 06/26/15, the United States Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the nation by a vote of 5 to 4. It was not the first time sodomites were victorious in a battle involving 9 rulers. Genesis 14 documents a war between 9 kings.  There were 4 kings on one side led by Chedorlaomer king of Elam and 5 kings on the other side, who were the kings of the 5 cities of the plain, most notable of which were Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 14:1-2).  It is reasonable to conclude that the 5 kings were at the very least homosexual sympathizers, if not homosexuals themselves.  Genesis 14 contains some startling similarities with recent events in the USA, especially if 2001 is used as a starting date due to the events of 9/11.

 

       1.  There was relative peace between the two sides for a period of 12 years but in the 13th year the sodomites rebelled (Gen 14:3)

Between the 11 years of 2001-2012, only a total of 9 states ratified gay marriage (1 in 2003, 1 in 2008, 3 in 2009, 1 in 2011, and 3 in 2012). The tide began to turn in 2013 when 8 additional states ratified gay marriage and nearly doubled the total to 17. But it was 2014, when the train came off the rails, as the number of states that ratified gay marriage in that one year was more than the previous 12 years combined. By the end of 2014 a total of 35 states plus the District of Columbia passed laws allowing homosexuals to violate the divine institution of marriage. As one reporter put it, “we went from counting the number of states that allowed gay marriage to counting those that don’t”. This dramatic increase in 2014 (13 years after 9/11) corresponds to the sodomite “rebellion” in the 13th (# of REBELLION) year. 







Courtesy of http://www.pewforum.org

 

          2. War broke out between the two sides in the 14th year (Gen 14:4)

This corresponds with the events of 2015 including extreme propaganda and pressure from the mass media and the entertainment industry to support gay marriage.  Those in support of Biblical/traditional marriage are deemed discriminatory, homo-phobic, and “haters”.

 

       3. The side representing the sodomites was victorious; the 5 kings prevailed over the 4 kings (Gen 14:8-16)

This corresponds with the Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage by a 5-4 vote.

 

       4. The event is based on Genesis 14

Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the Court Opinion, and cited the 14th Amendment as the Constitutional basis for the Court’s decision. Note also that the reference numbers for all the petitioners in the case contains a prefix of 14 (likely because all the petitions were filed in 2014).



Is all of this coincidence or a clue?


For those favoring “coincidence” please consider the following. One week prior to the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, a racist white man opened fire on worshipers during a church service in an African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina killing nine and injuring another.  One notable consequence of this tragedy was the public outrage over the Confederate flag and anything donning the symbol. Over the next couple of weeks, stores were pulling everything off the shelves and out of their inventory bearing the symbol. TV Land pulled the show The Dukes of Hazzard from it's programming simply because the Confederate flag is prominently displayed on the car driven by the two lead characters on the show. The South Carolina legislature eventually voted to remove the flag from the top of the Capitol building where it has flown since 1961. What does this have to do with Genesis 14?  Interestingly, the word CONFEDERATE appears for the first time in Genesis 14. Guess which verse? 13. Has to be verse 13 right? After all, the number 13 (in it's various forms) also appears for the first time in Genesis 14, verse 4 where it is associated with REBELLION. The Confederates were also called “rebels” weren’t they?  Is it a coincidence or clue that two significant events in recent US history can be linked to Genesis 14?

 

Time does not permit detailing the similarities between Sodom and the USA.  Suffice to say that the sins of Sodom, including the promotion of sodomy, match the prime vices of the USA today: “pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness” (Eze 16:49).  The sodomites did not have long to savor the 5-4 victory in Genesis 14, because shortly thereafter in Genesis 19 God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah by fire. Is this a picture of the destiny of the USA?  We need to get busy winning souls while we still can.



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