Jesus answered them and GAVE THEM THE SIGN: “When ye therefore shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)...” Mark reported: “But when ye shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand)” Luke's Report TELLS US PLAINLY what we're supposed to "UNDERSTAND": “And WHEN YE SHALL SEE JERUSALEM COMPASSED WITH ARMIES, THEN KNOW that the DESOLATION THEREOF is nigh.” The END-TIME ANNIHILATION of JERUSALEM IS THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION!! (Mat 24:15, Luk 21:20, Mar 13:14) ..... Let's TURN ON THE NEWS and see if armies are CURRENTLY surrounding Jerusalem?? --clark

Time-periods Revealed in the Book of Daniel

The following is a continuation of our December 28 blog article titled:


You will recall, we considered God’s people as defined within 2 categories:

1. “The saints” (aka “the church”)
2.  “Israel” (aka “the holy people”)

The following comments apply specifically to Israel… all 12 Tribes:

Dan 12:1:

"...there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people [Daniel's people: 'Israel' (v.9:20)] shall be delivered..."

In Dan 12:6 the angel asked:

"How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?"

Dan  12:7 gives the answer: 

"it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when He shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished."

Dan 12:8-9 says Daniel did not understand.  These words were meant for the last-day Israelites, not him:

"I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?  And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end."

Dan 12:11 tells us plainly:

"from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate SET UP, there shall be 1290 days."

Elsewhere in the Bible we are told Israel (Daniel's people) are given 1260 days:

"And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. (Rev 12:14)"

"And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there 1260 days. (Rev 12:6)"

In Matt 24:15-16 Jesus explained it also:

"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:"

Luke told us exactly what this Abomination of Desolation is:

"And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.  Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.  For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.  (Luke 21:20-22)"

The standing (or setting up) of The Abomination of Desolation will occur when we "shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies."  I think this means Israel (all 12 Tribes) will have a 30 day warning to flee "into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there 1260 days."  This explains the 1290 days of Daniel 12:11.  Israelites that hold out for an additional 45 days will be especially blessed:

"Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty [1335] days. (Dan 12:12)"

Let's do the math:

30 + 1260 + 45 = 1335 Days.  What is this "blessed" event that takes place after this 1335 days and how long does this event last?  Let's first put things into perspective by considering the final events leading up to the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ:

"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  (1Cor 15:51-52)"

"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.  (1Th 4:16-18)"

"But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.  (Rev 10:7)"

This great "mystery of God", the rapturing and resurrecting of God's saints, will occur at the last trump.  But before this Seventh Trumpet sounds, some of Daniel's people (The 12 Tribes of Israel) will receive their “changed bodies early:

"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.  And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:  And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.  These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. (Rev 14:1-4)"

So the 144,000 Israelites are "the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb!"  Now, let's get back to the math:

Starting with "the standing (or setting up) of 'the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet'" we have:
30 days
+ 1260 days
+ 45 = 1335 Days

I think this 1335th day is the beginning of a certain time of which God "shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people."  So God stops scattering His holy people on this 1335th day [see Lev 26:33; Deu 4:27; 1Ki 14:15; Neh 1:8; Deu 30:1-20].  Once the scattering has been "accomplished" (day 1335) the gathering shall begin.  It starts with the 144,000 Israelites:

"And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.  And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,  Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.  And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed 144,000 of all the tribes of the children of Israel.  Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.  Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.  Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.  Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.  (Rev 7:1-8)"

These "four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea," were held back until the 144,000 were sealed.  You will see next, what appears to be these "four angels," are held back until the sounding of the 6th Trump of The Book of Revelation:

"And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,  Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.  And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.  (Rev 9:13-15)"

Again, let's get back to the math.  Now we have:

an hour
+ a day
+ a month (30 days)
+ a year (360 days)
+ 30 days
+ 1260 days
+ 45 = 1726 Days + "an hour"

By my calculations, starting with "the standing (or setting up) of 'the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet'" up until The 6th Trump (Rev 9:14) is 1726 days (+ an hour).  Not counting the 30 day set-up, Israel's "time of trouble" is 1,696 days (+ an hour).  This 1,696 days appears to be the portion of Great Tribulation known as "Jacob's Trouble (Jer 30:7 & Dan 12:1)"

We see that: at the sounding of the 6th Trump, the 144,000 will have been sealed into God's protection... I believe their bodies “shall be changed (as in 1 Cor 15:52)”   We also see that the remainder of God's people will be raptured/resurrected at the sounding of the 7th Trump (1Cor 15:51-52 & 1Thes 4:16-18).  Does the Bible tell us how much time there is between the 6th and 7th Trump?  I believe it does! Follow my thinking:

"Yea, he [antichrist] magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down... Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?  And he said unto me, Unto 2300 days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.  (Dan 8:11-14)"

This 2300 day period begins at the time of 'the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet' and it ends when Jesus Christ returns.  I believe this explains how the sanctuary is "cleansed"(at Mt. Zion, Rev 14:1, Rev 11:15).

Again, let's get back to the math.  Now we have:

an hour
+ a day
+ a month (30 days)
+ a year (360 days)
+ 30 days
+ 1260 days
+ 45 = 1726 Days + "an hour"
[Not counting the 30 day set-up, Israel's "time of trouble" is 1,696 days (+ an hour)]
2300 days - 1696 days = 604 days (minus the hour).

By this, the 144,000 will be completely sealed before the sounding of the 6th Trump.  Between 603-604 days later the 7th Trump of The Book of Revelation sounds. That’s 20 Jewish months (20 x 30 = 600) with 3+days left over for the resurrection of the "two witnesses (Rev 11:3-12)" and God's "hour" of wrath (Rev 18:10).

-- As always, these observations are my current understanding and subject to correction--clark

The Great Tribulation: Deliverance of God’s People

In Bible prophecy we see that God’s people are distinguished into two categories:

1. “The saints” (aka “the church”)
2.  “Israel” (aka “the holy people”)
Ultimately both groups will be joined as one (see The Bride, the Lamb's Wife) but, until such time, the prophecies draw a distinction between the two.   Excepting for those who die during the Tribulation (Luke 21:16-18), deliverance will arrive differently for “Israel” than for “the saints.”
In this brief article let’s focus on the 3½ year time periods that are specifically designated to each group.  It has been taught that these periods (“time, and times, and half a time”) are a way of dividing the 7-Year Tribulation into 2 halves.  Let’s look closer and we’ll see how Israel and the church are each given their own unique time sequences (that do not appear to be correlated to each other):

The following 3.5 years pertain to "the saints."  "Little horn" is allowed to "wear out the saints of the most High" "until the Ancient of days" comes (“judgment sits”):

"…I beheld, and the same horn [aka: “little horn,” “antichrist”] made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;  Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom… he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.   But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.    And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.    Hitherto is the end of the matter. (Dan 7:20-28)"

So the antichrist will prevail against the church for the 3½ years. This ends when the “Ancient of Days” returns.” This occurs at the end of the Great Tribulation at the sounding of the 7th Trump:

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed (1Cr 15:51-52).”

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words (1Th 4:16-18).”


The saints will go through a very troubling time LEADING UP TO THE RAPTURE.  But what about God’s “holy people?”  The following 3.5 years is different than above and pertains to "Israel (Rev 12:1-5)."  At the time of the Abomination of Desolation (Matt 24:16, Mark 13:14, Luke 21:21), Israel escapes to the wilderness:

"And the woman [Israel] fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.  (Rev 12:6)"

"And to the woman [Israel] were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. (Rev 12:14)"

Daniel teaches us that Israel (Daniel's people) are going to "be delivered" during the Great Tribulation (Dan 12:1).  We are given the time period in Daniel 12: 7-13:

"...it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when He shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. (v.7)"

Here we are given the same 3.5 years stated above with an additional time added:

"and [in addition to, PLUS] when He shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people"

So how long does it take for God to finish the scattering His Holy people?  We are told in v.11-12:

"And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.   Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. (Dan 12:11-12)"

We have just been given the timetable for the deliverance of Israel (Daniel's holy people) as pertaining to the Great Tribulation:

1.  30 Days = This is a 30-day warning period which starts when we see the "set up" of the Abomination of Desolation (v. 11, also Matt 24:14 & Mark 13:14).  I think this "set up" will be when "Jerusalem is compassed [surrounded] with armies."   The desolation of Jerusalem ("there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down") IS THE ACTUAL EVENT!

2.  1260 Days = 1290 days - (minus) the above 30 Days (Dan 12:11, Rev 12:6, & Rev 12:14).

3.  45 Days = 1335 days - (minus) the above 1290 Days (Dan 12:12).


So what is this “blessed” event, for Israel, that begins on this 1335th day (Dan 12:12)? 

Daniel's people (God's holy people: Israel, all 12 Tribes) are being delivered!  God is now stopping His scattering process.  In these last days, 144,000 of the 12 Tribes of Israel are the first group to be raptured/resurrected/sealed (beingthe firstfruitsdescribed in Rev 14:4).  I think this sealing begins on the 1335th day shown above  and is completed over a 391 day (+ "one hour") period:

“And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.  And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants [12,000 from each Tribe] of our God in their foreheads And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,  Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.   And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year [391 days +“one hour”], for to slay the third part of men. (Rev 7:1-3 & Rev 9:13-15)”

With this thinking, the 3.5 years of Tribulation, for the saints (Church) ends at the 7th Trump.  The 3.5 years for Israel, in the wilderness, begins at the Abomination of Desolation (following a 30 day warning period), and then (another 45 days later) their (Israel's) deliverance begins (Dan 12:1), lasting 391 days (+ "one hour").


I will soon be publishing a revised Tribulation Chart in PDF format.  As always, your remarks are welcome.  These comments are based on my current understanding and are subject to new and better revelation--clark

Why Our Congress Keeps Spending Trillions

My simple theory:
  • The Federal Reserve is willing to print and/or digitize as much money as Congress requests.
  • Congress is the first entity to spend this borrowed money (which was created out of thin air!).
  • Therefore the inflation (that is caused in the process) is not realized at the high government levels.
  • They purchase actual goods and services with this "money" without having to tax us up front.
  • We re-elect these "wonderful" (power-hungry) Santa Clauses' because we get free stuff!
The REAL TAX is the SUPER HYPER INFLATION that WE are PASSING ON TO OUR KIDS!! 

Our government officials KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING and WE are letting them do it!

America: What are we doing to our children??

Ezekiel 16: 13-21

--clark

1 comments:

Replying Friend said...
Our problem is that our saviour told us to "resist not evil". Until that dogma is repudiated God's people can not, and will not, do anything. Chad
December 10, 2010 4:09 PM

Response comment (from Clark):


Good morning Chad. 

That is a tough scripture to understand.

I think we need to get hold of the understanding that Jesus Christ (The Messiah of All of Israel) is "the Lamb of God" AND that this same Jesus Christ (The Messiah of All of Israel) is also "the Lion of the tribe of Judah," AKA The King of All of Israel, therefore The King of all Kings!

When Jesus was teaching His disciples to 'resist not evil' he was teaching them about a Life of Perfection:  Total and complete Trust in God (and submission) with no trust in "the arm of flesh" whatsoever.  Anyone who accomplished this would be unspotted: Perfect!  You will note that Jesus summed up this lesson by telling the disciples:

"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect (Mat 5:48)"

So when the Books are opened we find only One who succeeded in fulfilling this command:

"And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.  And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?  And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.  And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.  And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.  And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou [The Lamb aka The Lion] art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nationAnd hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth (Rev 5:1-10)"

As "The Lamb of God" Jesus was "perfect" in faith.  Not once did he "live by the sword (by the arm of flesh)."  He is the only son of man that ever accomplished this... the only one worthy to be God's Lamb.  Once offered, once sacrificed: Jesus now stands alone to dispense vengeance:

"Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. (Rom 12:19)"

“…He [Jesus] lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone… (John 8:7)”

Jesus is the only one "without sin" among us!  He will cast the stones.   Our King, The Lion of Judah, is opening that book with the 7 Seals, by which Great Tribulation is coming upon the world (Rev Chaps 6, 7, & 8). 

So where does that leave us sinners?  Are we supposed to lie down and allow evil to tread us to shreds as we “resist not evil?” 

We are commanded to love God and love our neighbour (as ourselves... including our enemies).  The directive to "resist not evil... Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect" has only been accomplished once, by Christ! 

This commandment, to love our neighbor, is explained further:

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets (Mat 7:12).”

“And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise (Luk 6:31).”

Speaking for myself:
Whenever I may be in power, affecting the lives of my fellow citizens, and if I become corrupt…  I expect to be chastised, rebuked, removed and even destroyed if necessary

As we follow Christ, with His Wisdom, let's do justice to each other as we would have justice done unto us... friends and enemies alike!

We're blessed that we don't have to fulfill the "perfect" requirement... It's done!

--clark

Last Day Safety

God’s “holy people Dan 12:7” are now FACE-to-FACE with “a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people [Christians/Israelites] shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book (Dan 12:1).” 

As believers, what promise has God made to us regarding our physical safety for us and our families during this “Great Tribulation Mat 24:21”?  From now until the second coming of Christ (which occurs with The Rapture ), how exactly will God “deliver” us?

Obviously, we all fall into one of these two categories:

1.      We will live through it, or
2.      We will die.

Jesus tells us what will happen to some of us who “die in Christ 1Th 4:16” during this time:

“And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?... [Jesus answered:] Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:  And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.  But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.  But there shall not an hair of your head perish.  In your patience possess ye your souls (Luke 21:7-19).” 

So some of us will die but God will bring us through it so, in reality (from God's and our points of view): not a hair of our heads will perish!   If we must die that sounds like an easy way to go!  Jesus continues explaining what will happen to many of us who remain alive during this time:

“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof [Jerusalem] is nigh [Jesus also calls this “the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet” Mat 24:15 Mar 13:14 ].  Then let them which are in *Judaea  flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.  For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled (Luk 21:20-22).”

*I believe the prophetic definition of “Judaea” means governments/monetary systems controlled by the Jews, aka “Kingdom of Judah.”  This is explained in:


This last-day physical flight to safety is spoken of many times in the Bible:

“And the woman [Israel, all 12 Tribes Rev 12:1] fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. ( Rev 12:6)”

“And to the woman [Israel, all 12 Tribes Rev 12:1] were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time [3.5 years], from the face of the serpent. (Rev 12:14)”

Ultimately all 12 Tribes of Israel and The Church of Jesus Christ will be one body** Rev 21:9, but last-day-safety is explained differently for the Church than for Israel.  The Church is divided into 7 categories [see The Seven Churches of The Book of Revelation].  These 7 categories are described in Revelation 2 and 3.  Although these churches have specific historic significance it is very important that last-day Christians understand the spiritual/prophetic meaning.  We each need to ask ourselves:

“Which one of the Seven-Church-categories describes my Christian walk?”

God advises/warns each Church in different ways but only one of the Seven-Church-categories, The Church of Philadelphia,” receives this promise:

“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. (Rev 3:10)”

So, during the Great Tribulation, some Christians and some Israelites will have special protection.  Israel will be living-off-the-land.  Philadelphia will be kept safely…wherever she may be.   Some of us will die and some of us will not!  Paul talks to us specifically about the matter:

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep [die], but we shall all be changed,  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump[Rev 10:7 & Rev 11:15]: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed (1Cr 15:51-52).”

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep [dead], that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent [precede] them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words (1Th 4:13-18).”



**one body (Israel and the Church) info at: