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  • Left Behind?: Part 2--The Truth About the Rapture! | The Family International
    to tell the world what s happening But if God loves saved Christians so much some people reason why would He let them go through the Tribulation To put them to the test He s going to test their faith to see if they really believe Will they be witnesses for Him or will they be ashamed of Him and try to save their lives by not witnessing He s going to purge them and refine them as by fire His Word says to make them white Daniel 11 35 I m sorry if you re disappointed to hear that I m sorry if you thought you had it made being a Christian because He d come and rescue you before anything terrible happened Well He s not going to The Tribulation is going to put us through the refining fire but those who have real faith are going to come through like pure gold We know the Tribulation is going to be difficult or it wouldn t be called the Tribulation But still we shouldn t look ahead to it with trepidation expecting horrible defeat with nothing but persecution and suffering It s going to be primarily a time of great victory over the forces of Satan and tremendous triumph over the anti Christ wicked It s going to be a time of terrible and awesome events but we are going to have terrible and awesome powers to protect us and defend us and deliver us and keep us going right to the end Daniel 11 32 Revelation 12 7 11 17 14 We don t need to worry or fear because God is going to take care of His own Revelation 3 10 7 1 3 12 6 Another false teaching about the Rapture is that it s only for the best Christians When I was a boy I heard different preachers say Some day you ll come home and find all your loved ones have disappeared And sure enough one day I came home from school and nobody was home I thought Oh my The Rapture has occurred My dear sweet mother and father have gone to be with the Lord They and all the other dear Christians I knew and who helped take care of me were all ready They loved the Lord and weren t naughty like me They ve already gone to be with the Lord and here I am left behind and all alone in this big house and I practically cried What a terrible thing to teach little children or anyone for that matter that even if they love Jesus and are saved if they re not good enough if they didn t go to church enough or if they commit another sin they re not going to be ready for Jesus when He comes and they re going to miss the Rapture The preachers said They may be saved but they ll be left behind in that terrible Tribulation because in

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  • The Woman, The Prince, And The Dragon! Part 1 | The Family International
    can pounce the child is whisked away into Heaven We are soon told that the dragon is Satan the Devil the notorious serpent from the Garden of Eden and it becomes clear that the child who ascends into Heaven is Jesus But who is the woman The first thing that comes to most people s minds is that she is Mary Jesus earthly mother who gave birth to Him in a Bethlehem stable Mary was as said the angel who told her she had been chosen to bear God s Son highly favored and blessed among women Luke 1 28 But as we read further it becomes clear that Mary does not fit the description of this woman This heavenly woman is someone else The dragon tried to kill the child at birth The Gospel of Luke tells us that King Herod no doubt inspired by this Devil dragon tried to do just that His assassination attempt was thwarted and he died a few years later but not before he had shed the blood of many innocent children in his maniacal quest to kill the child who was foretold to become King of the Jews Matthew 2 16 19 Jesus eventually did die so that we could all be saved but He was resurrected three days later and spent another forty days on Earth being seen by hundreds of people before being caught up into Heaven Acts 1 1 9 1 Corinthians 15 4 7 He will return soon after the few remaining Endtime prophecies are fulfilled to rule the world As John continues to describe his vision he tells us that he saw a war in the spirit world The great archangel Michael who the prophet Daniel said would stand up for God s people in the last days Daniel 12 1 led an army of angels in war with the Devil dragon The dragon loses and he and his army of fallen angels the third of the stars that he had drawn out of the heavenly host are cast down to the earth The Devil has always been the great accuser He stands even today before God like a prosecutor before a judge and accuses humanity especially those who have accepted Jesus atonement for their sins of crimes against God The Bible s ancient book of Job confirms that he has been doing this since time immemorial There was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord and Satan also came among them And the Lord said to Satan From where do you come So Satan answered the Lord and said From going to and fro on the earth and from walking back and forth on it Then the Lord said to Satan Have you considered My servant Job that there is none like him on the earth a blameless and upright man one who fears God and shuns evil So Satan answered the Lord and said Does Job fear God for

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  • The Woman, The Prince, And The Dragon! Part 2 | The Family International
    empire The dragon through the Devil possessed Antichrist turns upon the woman and she is given wings to escape into the wilderness where she is fed and protected for three and a half times Repeatedly we are told in Revelation and elsewhere in the Bible that the period of Great Tribulation will be 1260 days We were told this in verse 6 of chapter 12 and we are told it more cryptically in verse 14 When 1260 is divided by 3 1 2 it comes to 360 which was the length of the year in many ancient cultures So times means years The story resumes And they God s Endtime believers overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony and they did not love their lives to the death Therefore rejoice O heavens and you who dwell in them Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea For the devil has come down to you having great wrath because he knows that he has a short time Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle that she might fly into the wilderness to her place where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time from the presence of the serpent So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood But the earth helped the woman and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth And the dragon was enraged with the woman and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ Revelation 12 11 17 Starting with Revelation 12 15 The dragon spews out a flood to try to drown the woman but the earth opens up and swallows the flood and the woman is saved for now What could this flood be We know the Devil is a liar In fact Jesus called him the father of lying There is no truth in him When he speaks a lie he speaks from his own resources for he is a liar and the father of it John 8 44 So if the Devil is living up to his reputation then this flood could well be a flood of lies and propaganda against the woman But as so often happens with bad publicity it is in one ear and out the other for the jaded public who have heard it all before It falls to the ground and is soon forgotten Even in the midst of this terrible time the woman is fed and kept safe and away from the Devil in some place called the

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  • Tribulation Triumphs | The Family International
    somehow He s also going to use mighty men and women His prophets and prophetesses to lead His people and with supernatural help from Heaven protect them from the Antichrist and his forces as they continue to proclaim the truth until the day that Jesus returns when we which are alive and remain shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air 1 Thessalonians 4 17 The people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits Daniel 11 32 The people who truly know Jesus are going to be strong in spite of the Antichrist and in spite of persecution The worse things get the more God s Spirit is going to be poured out from on high to help us withstand the evil forces that will be warring against us As your days so shall your strength be Deuteronomy 33 25 All through the Bible there are stories about how the Lord miraculously empowered and protected His prophets and people so I m sure our power is going to be tremendously increased and magnified and multiplied during the Endtime God is going to give supernatural powers to those who believe in know and follow Him so that they will be able not only to defend themselves but even to attack the forces of the Antichrist Revelation chapter 11 describes two of God s Endtime witnesses who will have power to bring curses and plagues upon the wicked and to actually call down fire from God to devour their enemies What a picture of mighty men and women of God fighting victorious battles over the minions of Hell The Antichrist won t be able to stop these two until just three and a half days before Jesus returns The Antichrist will finally be allowed to kill them but as the wicked are rejoicing over the two witnesses deaths suddenly Jesus will return in His glory to resurrect and rapture them and the rest of the dead in Christ the saved from all ages 1 Thessalonians 4 16 1 Corinthians 15 51 54 It will be a mighty triumph for God s people showing that He holds power over death itself I think these two witnesses of Revelation chapter 11 are also symbolic of all those who know and side with God I believe they ll all have power for the hour in that day to help them survive as long as possible The apostle Paul wrote Where sin abounded grace abounded much more Romans 5 20 And where satanic power is going to abound God s power is going to abound much more to protect His own God s purpose is not going to be defeated He s going to have millions of witnesses right up to the End God s Word makes it very clear that He will defend His own during those last three and a half years not only by means of the mighty powers He will give them but also

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  • When Does The Mark Of The Beast Begin? | The Family International
    prophet causes all both small and great rich and poor free and slave to receive a mark on or in as in the King James translation their right hand or on their foreheads and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the Beast or the number of his name Here is wisdom Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the Beast for it is the number of a man His number is 666 Revelation 13 16 18 We also know that the Antichrist will sign a seven year pact or covenant which he will break at the halfway mark Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week seven years but in the middle of the week 3½ years he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering Daniel 9 27 Next we know that after the Antichrist breaks the covenant his false prophet will erect something called the abomination of desolation in the holy place presumably in or near the soon to be rebuilt Jewish temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem Forces shall be mustered by him and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress then they shall take away the daily sacrifices and place there the abomination of desolation Daniel 11 31 Five hundred years after Daniel gave that prophecy Jesus disciples asked Him what would be the sign of His return and of the end of the world and Jesus cited this development among others When you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet standing in the holy place then there will be great tribulation such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time no nor ever shall be Immediately after the tribulation of those days they will see the Son of Man Jesus coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory Matthew 24 15 21 29 30 This brings us back to our opening passage Revelation 13 16 18 about the false prophet enforcing the mark of the Beast economic system under which no one will be able to buy or sell without the mark Again it seems fairly certain that this will begin to be enforced halfway through the Antichrist s seven year rule at the beginning of the Great Tribulation At this point we can only speculate what form this mark will take but it could very well be a tiny computer chip or radio frequency identification tag RFID that is implanted under the skin and linked to a database containing the bearer s personal and financial information How far away is this It s impossible to say just yet but considering the present rate at which technology is advancing it could happen soon For nearly 2 000 years ever since the apostle John wrote this passage about the Antichrist s worldwide economic system such a thing had been inconceivable Now with computers and the Internet electronic banking and

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  • National ID Cards and the Mark of the Beast | The Family International
    their right hand or on in their foreheads and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the Beast or the number of his name Here is wisdom Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the Beast for it is the number of a man His number is 666 Revelation 13 16 18 These ID cards are however preparing the way The more people get used to some new government regulation restriction or provision the more they tolerate it and eventually just learn to live with it What may at first seem unthinkable and raise howls of protest later becomes accepted by a few then many then most And that s how the Antichrist and his agents will capitalize on these compulsory ID cards to prepare the world for what s next Once national ID cards become the norm in parts of the world where they were previously unknown the next step will be to sell the public on the advantages of microchip implants over plastic cards convenience security cost effectiveness better law enforcement and so on and that it s time to switch to the Verichip1 or something similar Once the Antichrist s government makes the mark of the Beast mandatory Daniel 11 31 Matthew 24 15 21 Revelation 13 14 18 what better way to carry it out than microchip implants Our present currency based economic system will then be obsolete because the chip will be capable of linking electronically to everyone s personal financial records As far as we know national ID cards are not the mark of the Beast Neither is the Verichip1 Both of these are however precursors of the mark of the Beast 1 VerichipTM is a rice size injectable microchip It is

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  • The King's Return | The Family International
    indeed the Son of God the Messiah and He could have forced them all to worship Him Instead He appeared only to those who already believed in Him and loved Him in order to comfort them and encourage their faith For 2 000 years He and His Kingdom have remained unseen to this world manifested only in the hearts and lives of those who love and receive Him by faith This is the mystery that many of His own people in His day couldn t understand and that many today cannot seem to grasp He offers each of us a choice to receive or reject Him This is still the Age of Grace of choice when we must believe His Word and receive Him by faith But the day is coming very soon when this present age will be over and all the world will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory Matthew 24 29 31 For He has promised to come again and according to numerous fulfilled prophecies describing world conditions immediately before Jesus returns the time is at hand We are now living in the final Last Days of man s cruel and destructive rule on earth In fact from all indications the last seven years of man s rule are almost upon us This period will begin with the rise of a totally godless one world government that will be led by a Devil possessed dictator the Antichrist This imitation messiah will at first bring peace but peace at a price enforced worship of himself during the final three and a half years of his reign This time is known as the Great Tribulation Daniel 8 23 25 9 27 11 21 45 Matthew 24 15 21 2 Thessalonians 2 1 12 Revelation chapter 13 Jesus said Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven and then all the wicked will mourn and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory Matthew 24 29 30 This time He s not coming as a meek and mild babe in a manger God in the hands of man but as the almighty King of kings and it will be man in the hands of God The trumpets of God will sound and Jesus mighty voice will thunder from the heavens Come up and all of His saved children will be caught up together with Him in the clouds rising in immortal victory over the forces of the satanic Antichrist When Jesus returns a tremendous miracle takes place the resurrection of believers The bodies of all of the saved people who have ever died will be instantly resurrected and come bursting out of their graves and all of us believers who are still alive will be raised with them to meet Jesus in the air Matthew 24 31 1 Corinthians 15

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  • What's Ahead—An Overview: Photo Viewer | The Family International
    中文 日本語 Search Search Home About The Family Mission Statement Worldwide Work Children Viewpoints Contact Email Us Sitemap Home Viewpoints The Future Article Photo Viewer What s Ahead An Overview Photo Viewer Download high resolution Tweet Footer Information Copyright 2016

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