It seems that the "Purpose Driven Life" movement while it has blessed many also has its dark side. This time it is Evangelicals who are being drawn into Ecumenism and a movement that amounts to "church unity through compromise". Our Greco-Roman religious philosophies and mind-games know no bounds.
Biblical vs humanistic Rapture is real and is foreshadowed throughout Scripture. In Part 1 of the Rapture Series, we examined the Day of The Lord, the Biblical prophecy event that starts the end times if you have not read it, we strongly recommend it here. The Rapture, the supernatural removal of faithful believers in Jesus Christ from the Earth, occurs just as the Day of The Lord is about to begin.
But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that [Noah] entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
God was so dismayed at the state of humanity and its impending loss of a chance to have a fully human Savior, that the flood judgment was set to come upon the world.
The world was completely unaware of this coming judgment, but Noah and his family were aware of it thanks to God. The world will be carrying on as usual, deep in sinful rebellion against God, and sudden judgment will come at the opening of the 6th Seal of Revelation.
The 6th seal plus the subsequent trumpet and vial judgments paint a frightening picture of the end times. There will be devastating global earthquakes. Waters will be poisoned. Millions upon millions will die in plagues and disasters. Evil fallen angels will return to Earth and be permitted to interact with humanity and the reign of the Antichrist will begin.
Life will go from being very normal to anything but!
But the true Christians will escape these judgments via the Rapture. God warned Noah about the coming flood and instructed him to build the ark, so that they could be protected in the time of His wrath on the world. This is similar to when the Apostle John was raptured to heaven at the invitation of God in the Book of Revelation: The consistent theme is the believer being invited to be in the safety of the presence of God.
The Door An interesting aspect of the Flood account is that when Noah and his family enter the ark, it is God who shuts the door: In the verse above from Revelation, the Apostle John saw a door open in Heaven before he was raptured.
Jesus, when addressing the faithful church of Philadelphia in the Book of Revelation stated: And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: Jesus describes Himself as the one who opens and shuts the door.
Lot Escapes Sodom 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.Various aspects of the relationship between religion and science have been cited by modern historians of science and religion, philosophers, theologians, scientists, and others from various geographical regions and cultures.
Even though the ancient and medieval worlds did not have conceptions resembling the modern understandings of "science" and "religion", certain elements of . While Christianity may have appeared to be strong superficially, it has nonetheless been undermined by insidious philosophical, social, cultural, and political forces.
Church Growth Through Cell Groups: A Consideration of Four Books on Cell Church Methodology Print/Download: PDF DOC The following is an adaptation of a work concerning the church growth movement that was written to a specific audience in January of It is probably not surprising that a biblical worldview will first and foremost start with a biblical view of God.
The Bible itself begins with this concept. Everyone has some concept of God (or ultimate reality), and that concept ultimately determines much else about their worldview.
Consequently, your concept of God determines your view of reality, humanity, law, truth, justice, mercy, love. Various aspects of the relationship between religion and science have been addressed by modern historians of science and religion, philosophers, theologians, scientists, and others from various geographical regions and cultures.
Even though the ancient and medieval worlds did not have conceptions resembling the modern understandings of . Meekness, humility, gentleness, lowliness: How can God help us overcome pride, arrogance, haughtiness, self-will, selfishness, egotism, self-assertiveness?