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QUOTE 4 TODAY:


Vanity of Earthly Greatness
The tusks that clashed in mighty brawls
Of mastodons, are billiard balls.
The sword of Charlemagne the Just
Is ferric oxide, known as rust.
The grizzly bear whose potent hug
feared by all, is now a rug.
Great Caesar’s bust is on my shelf,
And I don’t feel so well myself.-
-Arthur Guiterman

Which Church Is Right?  E. M. Zinn
In Matt. 16:18 Jesus said, "I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." "My church" indicates sole possession. The thought which naturally comes to mind is, what church did He mean, or which did He build? Was it a church comparable to the rest of the churches? Or is it a separate, distinct body in which all its members have salvation? The fact that Jesus said, "I will build my church," definitely shows that He was the builder and organizer. One popular opinion is that the Church of God is a church among the rest‹on par with them and like them in formality and association. Jesus said in St. John 10:9, 10, "I am the door: by me if any man enter in he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture." We go through the door (Christ), which is the only process by which we obtain salvation and membership in His church.      Read more at:

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                                             BEWARE OF RAPTURE DOCTRINE

The origin of Rapture False doctrine: John Darby1830 AD
That doctrine is sucking people up faster than a sink-hole. Some say that the Rapture doctrine did not exist before John Darby invented it in 1830 AD. Before it" popped into John Darby's head" no one had ever heard of a secret rapture doctrine. Further reference shows that John Darby only popularized the doctrine

1.      Rapture doctrine is not a recent "new doctrine" in the history among the Church. Another doctrine which is somewhat recent is the invention of the sinner's prayer for salvation by Billy Sunday in 1930, which was made popular by Billy Graham in1935.

2.      References shows that John Nelson Darby’s popularization of the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine around 1830 AD is overshadowed. There can be no millennium after He comes. The doctrine of the millennium is, therefore excluded from the Bible, and is a mere tradition having its origin in Cerinthus, the most noted heretic of the first century.

But what about the thousand years in Revelation? Let us examine it carefully. In the first place we observe that it is not a reign of men in the body, but of “the souls of them who were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God.”

We further see, that they had not during their life upon the earth “worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark” upon them; hence we conclude that they lived in the early part of the Christian era, before the beast made his appearance..

In another chapter the Revelator sees these same souls under the altar, and heard them cry “with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell upon the earth?… And it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow-servants, also, and their brethren, that should be killed, as they were, should be fulfilled.”* These souls were resting, hence we understand that this vision also applies to their thousand-years’ reign with Christ. We also see in the above that the thousand years lies between periods of martyrdom; and that those who reigned were the victims of the first, awaiting the death of those of the second.

But are those thousand years past, or are they yet to come? Let us turn again to the twentieth chapter and make a further investigation of this subject. We find the devil was chained during that period (Revelation 20:3).Of course none would take this to be a literal chaining, for a spiritual being could not be thus confined. In what sense was he chained? By reading a little further, we find his chaining was a deprivation of the privilege of deceiving the nations (Revelation 20:3).
 We observe, also, that at the expiration of the thousand years, the devil is loosed for a little season; during which he gathers the forces of Gog and Magog together to battle against the saints, and is defeated by fire from heaven (Revelation 20:7-9).

The fire from heaven signifies the coming of Christ (2 Thessalonians2:8); hence the devil is loosed from his thousand yearsconfinement, a little season before the second coming of Christ. The fact that the Gog and Magog*** forces are already uniting proves that the thousand years are past.3 But can we find anything in this chapter pointing to the commencement of the thousand years? Let us see. We have seen that it was the souls of the martyrs of the early days of the Christian era who reigned. Hence we would suppose that the thousand year period begun soon after their martyrdom. This must be the case, for we have seen that they are already in the past.

We have now laid the foundation, and will proceed to show the exact interpretation. The thousand years were 1530. During that period there were very few Christians upon the earth, hence the devil was deprived of the privilege of deceiving them, and in this sense was chained.

The reformation at the close of the thousand years brought forth a host of redeemed people, thus restoring to the devil the opportunity of doing what he could at deceiving them. In this sense he was loosed. The awful persecution inflicted upon the church in apostolic times was, during those thousand years, greatly abated: but it was poured forth afresh, and with greater ferocity, at the outburst of the Reformation. Hence it is seen that the thousand years as we have located them above, were in fulfillment to prophecy, an intervening respite from persecution.

 Other evidence of this wild doctrine before1830 is Morgan Edwards who wrote a short essay as a college paper for Bristol Baptist College in Bristol England in 1744 where he confused the second coming with the first resurrection of Revelation 20 and described a" pre-tribulation" rapture. However Edwards ideas, which he admitted were brand new and never before taught, had no influence in the modern population of the false doctrine. That prize to goes to Darby.

3.      Prior to 1830, no church taught it in their creed, catechism or statement of faith.

4.      Darby has had a profound impact on religion today, since Darby's "secret rapture" false doctrine has infected most conservative, evangelical churches. While the official creeds and statements of faith of many churches either reject or are silent about Rapture, neither do they openly condemn this doctrine of a demon from the pulpit.

5.      While not all dispensationalists believe in the Rapture. All those who teach the Rapture also believe in pre millennialism. Both groups use Israel's modern statehood status of 1948 to be a beginning of a countdown to the end.

6.      All pre millennialists, rapturists and dispensationalists alive today believe the Bible reveals the general era of when Christ will return. The date setters of the 1800's (Seventh-day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses) based their predictions upon speculative arrangements of numbers and chronologies in the Bible. Today's date setters without exception wrongly believe that Israel gaining state hood in 1948 fulfilled Bible prophecy and that Christ would return within one generation.

7.      There are two kinds of pre millennialists: Those "Date setters" and "Date Teasers"."Date setters", set specific dates which are in fact a count down clock to the extinction of their own ministries. (William Miller, Charles Russell, Ronald Weinland, Harold Camping, etc.) "Date teasers", share the same rhetoric of urgency that the "end is very soon", but refuse to lock into a specific date. (Jack Van Impe, Hal Lindsay, Tim LaHaye, Pentecostals, Baptists, Grant Jefferies, Christadelphians.)

8.      Most of the TV preachers who promote rapture and/or "date set" all wrongly believe they are a prophet of God with special illumination. Pentecostals believe they are inspired directly from the Holy Spirit as modern day prophets. Baptists believe they are illuminated with guidance from the Holy Spirit through the Calvinist doctrine of Irresistible grace.

9.      Christians reject all these false notions of God leading man astray into error and rely upon the pages of the Bible alone as a sole source of conduct and doctrine. If an individual is honest the Holy Spirit will lead that one to refute false millennium.

The following books ( companion articles to the above) can be downloaded at:

The Second Coming of Christ pdf.

http://www.churchofgodeveninglight.com/wp-content/uploads/The-Second-Coming-of-Christ.pdf
Unraveling Revelation By A. Q. Bridwell
http://www.churchofgodeveninglight.com/wp-content/uploads/Unraveling-Revelation.pdf
Also read     Will there be a Millennial Reign? On the Bible Page

WHERE IS THE TEMPLE OF GOD TODAY?
Joh_2:19  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. ---by this temple, Jesus was referring to Himself; He was raised up after 3d ays in the grave.
1Co_3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
1Co_3:17  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
1Co_6:19  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
A saved Christian (repented and forgiven) has christ in himself and thus is the temple.
 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. Eph 2:20-22