L.T.G. Bible Studies Volume Two
Get a more comprehensive study of the Word of God with the help of Volume Two. Like with
Volume One, I spent many hours
putting click-on references into html studies when building them, so I could study the relevant Bible passages for myself,
before putting studies into Microsoft Word, editing and type-setting the information, converting manuscript into PDF format, and sending it to book printer.
Like I said in first book, and from my near death experience that I refer to, you may not accept everything I say, but when the Spirit speaks to you and it is louder than usual, you had better listen and take heed.
1 "Quench not the Spirit"
(1 Th 5:19). Then
1 Thessalonians 5:21 says, "Prove all things; hold fast
that which is good." And I believe the best way to prove all things is with the Word of God. Both books
are jam-packed with relevant passages to prove Biblical truths.
Mainly with their information I am hoping the Lord God will put the
(Eph 6:17) Sword (Word of God,
Heb 4:12) through the heart of another theory, (like the Gap and Day-Age Theories) which has
crept into the church's doctrine and has sought to defile the Word of God with its
doctrinal germ, and perhaps put to sleep
(Isa 57:1-2) the secret pre-tribulation
rapture and left behind theology (fiction), or should I say propaganda, and pre-tribulation mind-set and
escapist dogma that has helped cause Saints, including myself, to go astray and backslide. (If offended, please continue!)
It took some time to cleanse my mind and heart of the escapist dogma, and learn the truths that I know today. It perhaps will take some time for pretribbers as well.
2 Reading this book will make things much easier. The toughest thing will be, they'll have to repent, change their minds
3 and hearts,
4 and accept the truth. Ouch!
5 (God will surprise you!)
The following studies will help unprepared
(Luke 12:45-48) pretribbers understand
(Col 1:9-11) that Saints and the one
(Rom 12:5) body
(Eph 4:4) of Christ
(1 Cor 10:16-17), whether (Israel,
Hosea 1:10-11) Jew or (Greek,
Gal 3:28-29) Gentile
(1 Cor 12:12-13), the church
(Col 1:18) will not be taken out of this world before great
(Mat 24:21) tribulation
(Mat 24:29) and Jacob's trouble
(Jer 30:4-7); or before the man of sin is revealed
(2 Th 2:1-12), and the first beast
(Rev 13:12) of Revelation
thirteen rises and the dragon gives him his power
"Because thou hast
kept the word of my patience, I also will
keep thee from the hour of
Revelation 3:10 to try and prove their unscriptural belief.
"Kept" and "keep" were both translated from the same Greek word
tereo (G5083), and according to Strong's
Dictionary, it means "to guard
(from loss or injury, properly by keeping the eye upon)." God has not taken His Word out of
this world, and He will not take the church out before the hour of temptation, or before great tribulation
Rev 7:9-17) either.
Brethren of the church of the Thessalonians in God were warned to let no man deceive
(Mat 24:11) them by any means, for
that Day (coming of our Lord Jesus Christ) will not come, "except there come a falling away first, and that man of
sin be revealed, the son of
(2 Th 2:1-4 KJV).
(Acts 11:25-26) believe the deceiver
6), the man of sin, (opponent of Christ
7) will be the Antichrist
(1 John 2:18
8), who will be ruling
during the (Mega) Tribulation and destroyed when the Lord Jesus Christ comes
(2 Th 2:8-9), appears the second time
(Heb 9:28). They should not be deceived
(Gen 3:13) by him, the beast
17:1-18), which appears to be an incarnation of the great red dragon
(Rev 12:3), or by anyone who teaches a Gentile secret pre-tribulation rapture.
Israel, the (chosen,
Mark 13:20) elect
(Mat 24:22), will be (preserved) saved
(Jer 30:4-7), in a (safe) place prepared of God, nourished and helped during the three and a half year great tribulation
Rev 7:9-17). And the dragon being wroth with the woman (Israel), on her head a crown of twelve stars
(Gen 37:9-10), will make war with the remnant of her (offspring) seed [which includes Gentile
(Rom 11:11-15) converts who have been grafted in
(Rom 11:16-25) and now in Christ
(Eph 2:11-13) and of the seed of Abraham
(Gal 3:19)], which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony
20:4-6) of Jesus Christ
Pretribbers will find that Christ's Second Appearing
(Heb 9:28) and Coming
(Mat 24:30-31), the resurrection, catching up (rapture) and gathering together
(1 Th 4:13-18) of Saints, and the wrath of God will occur in the Day of the Lord
(1 Th 5:1-5), after the (Mega) Tribulation
[Note: If you understand how differently the pillar of fire and cloud
(Psa 105:39), from where the LORD looked down
(Exo 14:24-25), appeared to the Egyptians
(Exo 14:19-20) and to the Israelites
(Exo 13:21-22), then you might understand
the great Day of the Lord
(Zep 1:14-18) to the sinners
(Isa 13:6-13) and wicked
Job 21:30), and to the Saints
in the day Jesus Christ
(Rev 1:7) appears the second time
(Heb 9:28), coming in the clouds
12 of heaven with power and great glory
[Saints will be caught up
(1 Th 4:13-18) and gathered
(2 Th 2:1-4) in the clouds
12) with Jesus
(Dan 3:25) for a good reason
[Noah and those with him were in the ark
(Gen 6:17-18) when the flood came
(Gen 7:21-23). And Saints
(1 Th 3:13;
Jude 1:14) will be in the clouds with Jesus
(Dan 3:25) when the wrath of God is revealed
(Rom 1:18-32), the vials of the wrath of God are poured out
19), and the battle
(Rev 19:11-21) at a place called
(Rev 16:14, 16) occurs.]
It saddens me that so many have accepted a Gentile secret pre-tribulation (pre-trib) rapture. It appears that they have not correctly and extensively studied the Word of God for themselves. If they would rightly divide the Word of Truth
(2 Tim 2:15), which means dissect it correctly,
they would find that the secret pre-tribulation rapture theology (fiction) contradicts it.
Note: After the Holy Spirit led me to
1 Corinthians 15:52,
Matthew 24:29-31 and other related passages, I begin to see the Post (after) Tribulation (trouble) Rapture (catching up). I eventually found that the prophetic passages of the Bible started fitting together like scattered pieces (parts,
1 Cor 13:9-10) of a picture puzzle. The real picture that God had painted begin coming into focus.
If the pretribbers would conceivably gather all they can find, not just a select few, of the relevant Bible passages that encompass the Second Coming of our Lord and correctly study them (not just memorizing scriptures), and try understanding the (deep) things of God the Holy Ghost teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual, and not the words man's wisdom teaches
(1 Cor 2:1-16), they would find that the Bible does not fit their belief and that their belief does not fit the Bible.
There are numerous visions
(Num 12:6-8) and similitudes
(Hosea 12:10), which could be called metaphors, through-out the Word of God. Believers
will find how the Lord God used them many times to reveal Himself and to convey His messages, and
the book of Revelation has plenty of them. They also will find that much of Revelation is not literal.
Some Old Testament scriptures that I draw attention to... will facilitate the meaning of revelation, or something revealed, and how it is connected to a vision
The first study is "The Bride," which is mentioned in the book of Revelation. There are various passages
in both Old (O.T.) and New Testaments (N.T.) that will help believers understand the Bride, the Lamb's wife
(Rev 21:9). Some will be surprised when they discover who she is.
Some studies will help them understand the chronological order of some events that encompass the
Second Coming of our Lord. One study, perhaps more than the others, will help them understand the LORD, the resurrection and
catching up (rapture) to be with the Lord much better than before.
Before Christ comes again, there will be great tribulation
Rev 7:9-17), which will last three and a half years
(Rev 12:14). Some use
Daniel 9:27 and believe that the (Mega) Tribulation
Mark 13:24-25) will last seven years. They need to understand that the abomination of desolation, referred to in
Daniel 9:27 by Jesus, will take place in the middle of the seven year (week,
Gen 29:27-28) period, which will set-in-motion the flight out of Judaea to the mountains, and then great tribulation
(Mat 24:15-21), the last three and a half years
(Dan 7:25) of that (week) period.
After Jesus talked about the abomination of desolation (which appears to have twofold implications), spoken of by Daniel
12:11) the prophet, and what those in Judaea need to do, He said there will be great (trouble,
"tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world..."
(Mat 24:15-21 KJV).
The book Mark has similar detail, about the abomination of desolation, and what those in Judaea need to do, then Jesus said,
"...For in those days shall be
affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation..."
(Mark 13:14-19 KJV). The words "tribulation" and "affliction" were translated from the same Greek word
Just those truths should help them understand that the [Mega] Tribulation will last three and a half years, not seven.
Some of the same ones also believe that the (Mega) Tribulation will be the time when God brings wrath. They need to understand that tribulation does not mean wrath.
The Hebrew words
tsar (H6862), from the word
tsarar (H6887), and
tsarah (H6869), and the Greek word
thlipsis (G2347), from the word
thlibo (G2346), were translated "tribulation, trouble, affliction," etc., and never "wrath." A more comprehensive study of tribulation is in
In this world Saints do not necessarily escape their trials
(1 Pet 4:12-13;
Dan 12:10), temptations
(2 Cor 4:17), persecutions
Acts 7:59-60; 11:19), tribulations
2 Th 1:3-5), troubles
Mat 24:29-31), pain
(Isa 26:16-27:1), sorrow, anguish
(John 16:20-22), suffering
(Rom 8:16-23), etc., unless the Lord God delivers
(Dan 12:1-3) them
Note: Christians have to endure
(James 1:12) much pressure and heat, for those are some of the ways diamonds are made and gold is refined.
The Lord God helps and comforts Saints through their troubles
2 Cor 1:3-10) until they fall asleep
2 Pet 3:3-4), or until the Lord Jesus Christ comes again and they are resurrected
(1 Th 4:13-18). As for wrath, they have been saved
(Rom 5:8-9) and delivered
(Dan 12:1-3) from the wrath
(Zep 2:2-3) of God to come
(1 Th 1:9-10).
Some of that which was shown when the first five seals were opened in
Revelation 6:1-11, which includes the four horses, the riders and their responsibilities, and the fellow servants and brethren (Saints) who will be (slain, sacrificed) killed
(Rev 8:3-4), as the souls of them (Saints) under altar were; when the seventh seal was opened in
Revelation 8:1-9:21, which includes the sounding of the first six of seven trumpets and first two of three woes; and what the two witnesses do in
Revelation 11:3-6 will transpire in the same time frame, during great tribulation
If under the (golden) altar in
Revelation 6:9-11, there're souls of them (Saints) who were slain for the Word of God
(Rev 20:4-6), and for the testimony
(Rev 14:6) which they held, who were told to rest yet for a little season until their fellow servants and brethren (Saints), who will be (slain, sacrificed) killed as they were, was (completed) fulfilled, before great tribulation
(Mat 24:21); and if there're Saints (fellow servants and brethren) on the golden altar in
Revelation 8:3-4, which was before the throne, during great tribulation
(Rev 7:9-17), then the Gentile secret pre-tribulation rapture of the one body
(Eph 4:4) of Christ
(1 Cor 10:16-17), the church
(Col 1:18) isn't factual.
If you're concerned about future plagues, the LORD smote with (wonders,
Exo 3:20) plagues
(Exo 7-12) all the land of Egypt and all the firstborn in the land
(Exo 12:29-30), but not the afflicted and oppressed Israelites
(Exo 3:7-11), and not those who had the lamb's blood on the two side post and upper door post (lintel) of their houses
And He will not hurt with plagues
(Psa 91:1-10) those who have the blood of the Lamb
9) applied when the earth is smitten with plagues
(Rev 11:6), during great tribulation
Some of the first plagues were explained in
Revelation 8:1-9:21, but the last of the first plagues and third woe was not explained in
Revelation 10:7 or
11:14-15. It says that "The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever" in
Revelation 11:14-15. The last of the first plagues and third woe is explained elsewhere in the Word.
The same holds true for the seven vials full of the seven last plagues
(Rev 21:9). Six were explained in
Revelation 15:1-16:17, but the seventh was not. It says, "And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done" in
Revelation 16:17. The seventh of the seven last plagues is explained elsewhere in the Word of God.
Wrath is not in the description of the first plagues
11:14-15), but is in the seven golden vials full of the wrath of God
(Rev 14:17-20), the seven last plagues
(Rev 21:9), for in them complete
(Rev 15:1, 6-8) the wrath of God
Believers will find that the various picture pieces (parts) in Revelation do not necessarily follow a chronological order
(1 Cor 13:9-10). Some believe that the order of the sixth
(Rev 6:12-7:17) and seventh seals
(Rev 8:1-9:21) and that which was shown when they were opened transpire consecutively in the same time frame.
If the pretribbers believe in a resurrection before the Tribulation, then they must also believe in a resurrection after the Tribulation, when the Lord Jesus Christ comes and His angels gathers together His (chosen) elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other
The fact is, there was only one resurrection for Christ
(Acts 2:30-32), and there will be only one (first) resurrection
(Rev 20:4-6) for Saints, for the one
(Rom 12:5) of Christ
(1 Cor 10:16-17
10), the church
(Col 1:18), not two
(1 Cor 12:12-13).
You cannot break up the body of Christ
(Eph 5:29-30) into two bodies, one Jew (Israel,
Hosea 1:10-11) and one Gentile (Greek,
"For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles,
whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit"
(1 Cor 12:13 KJV).
The one that could
be called the second (or last) resurrection will occur when the rest of the dead live again
(after the thousand year reign of Christ), when the thousand years are finished
So with some spiritual and scriptural logic, if there was only one resurrection for Christ, as we all know, and there will be only one for Saints, then there has to be only one more appearing and coming of Jesus Christ
Hebrews 9:28 says, "So Christ was once
offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he
appear the second time without sin unto salvation."
Matthew 24:30 says, "And then shall
appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man
coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."
1 John 3:2-3 says, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet
appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall
appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure."
Colossians 3:4 says, "When Christ, who is our life, shall
appear, then shall ye also
appear with him in glory."
The Word reveals that Christ will come again, appear the second time
(Heb 9:28), not the third time, and that's
when Saints will be delivered
Rom 8:16-23), resurrected, put on incorruption and put on immortality
(1 Cor 15:51-54), and by the Spirit
(Rev 11:11-12) of the Lord
(Acts 8:39) God
(Ezek 11:24) caught up (bodily), and by His holy
(Mat 25:31) angels gathered
(2 Th 2:1-4) in the clouds
(Mat 24:30-31), to meet the Lord in the air...
(1 Th 4:13-18).
[Note: Saints are washed in
(Rev 1:5-6) and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb
(Rev 5:8-9), born again
(John 3:3-8), and in Christ. Some physically die
(Rev 8:3-4) and their souls
(Mat 10:28) go to in heaven
(Rev 6:9-11), that is, some are absent from their bodies and present with the Lord
(2 Cor 5:1-8) in paradise
(Luke 23:39-43). Some, figuratively (metaphorically) speaking, are in the bosom of Abraham
[(2 Cor 5:8 KJV) "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the
body, and to be present with the Lord."]
[Paul explains the merger of Saints and their bodies very well in
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. When Jesus appears the second time
(Heb 9:28) for the first resurrection, God is bringing with Him Saints
(1 Th 3:13;
Jude 1:14) who sleep in Jesus
(1 Th 4:13-15) -- souls
(Rev 20:4-6) in heaven
(Rev 6:9). ""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..."
(1 Th 4:16-17 KJV). That is when we live and reign with Christ
There's part of a Revelation vision in heaven
(Rev 15:7-8) that helps us understand not only the timing of the resurrection, which occurs before wrath
(Isa 26:20-21), but also the timing of the Marriage and Marriage Supper of the Lamb
(Rev 19:5-9), which occurs after wrath.
[Note: If you understand how Revelation is written, not necessarily following a chronological order and in part
(1 Cor 13:9-10), the seventh trumpet
11:15), the last trumpet
(1 Cor 15:51-52) has already sounded, the dead in Christ have been raised incorruptible, and those that remain have been changed; and according to
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, have been "...caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord...."]
[The prophetic parts are like gathering scattered pieces (parts) of a picture puzzle and placing them,
which clarify God's unveiling
(2 Cor 3:13-18) order of events
(1 Cor 15:20-28), learning about things once sealed
9), but now not sealed
(Rev 22:9-10) and revealed
Eph 3:1-6) about the Savior
(Psa 40:7-8) and His (mysteries) secrets
(Rev 10:7) to whoever He so desires
13). Just as Jesus' first coming was foretold with various details scattered throughout the prophetic
(1 Cor 13:9-13) Word, it is the same with His second appearing
(Heb 9:28) and coming
[(1 Cor 13:9 KJV) "For we know in part, and we
part." The various recorded and written
(Rev 1:1-3) prophecies
(2 Pet 1:20-21) -- believed to be in part
(1 Cor 13:9-13) -- were at times put forth as riddles and spoken in (metaphors, similes) parables
The Word helps us understand the battle of that great day of God Almighty, the slaughter
(Isa 34:1-3) and supper of the (LORD,
Deu 10:17-21) great God
(Rev 19:11-21). For many the focus is on
Armageddon. But how extensive will the Battle and blood shed be?
The Word has the answer.
Discover some keys to understanding Nebuchadnezzar's great image and some of the various beasts in Daniel and Revelation, and how the various similitudes
(Hosea 12:10) interrelate and describe the Roman kingdom
17:9-11) and kings; also, how (Bible passages) scriptures
(John 10:34-35) interweave
(Mat 13:47-48), and some can be like a riddle to be solved
(Ezek 17:1-24), and more.
Like I said in first book, too many are teaching man's interpretations [wisdom] instead of Bible
(1 Cor 2:1-16). We need to go first to Jesus and the eyewitnesses who saw God at work, and teach what is recorded in the Bible, not letting Satan persuade us to add to His words
11) or twist
(2 Pet 3:14-18) them to fit our own scheme.
[Note: We have to be very careful when we say the Word does not really mean this or that, diminishing its meaning
(Deu 4:2), and add
(Prov 30:6) our personal interpretations and ideas which could contradict the Word. When some Bible scholars (who have believed non-Biblical and uninspired sources) interpreted the Word, they assumed things not really there, which were never intended by the Author
(2 Tim 3:16-17). They read between
Genesis 1:1 and 1:2, and added a form of evolution to the creation account;
14 twisted the word "day" in the same account to mean eons; twisted the words "falling away" in
2 Thessalonians 2:3 to mean the Rapture, and took
2 Thessalonians 2:7 out of context and twisted some of its words to help teach non-Biblical rapture dogma.
15 And then called their interpretations the Gap, Day-Age and Secret Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theories respectively.]
As you read, let the Holy (Spirit) Ghost and the Holy
(2 Tim 3:15-17) Scriptures
(Rom 16:25-27), which I have formulated within studies, speak to you. You will learn things that will enlighten the spiritual mind
(1 Cor 2:9-16), and perplex the natural man and carnal mind
[Note: To help convey and reveal to us that which is spiritual
(1 Cor 15:44-49), God has used similitudes
[The natural man
(Rom 8:5-6) receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God...they are spiritually discerned
(1 Cor 2:9-16).
The Spirit can use what we mentally perceive, see and hear, that which is tangible, to help convey and reveal to us that which is spiritual.]
In addition, please read my newspaper articles at the end of last study about some critical issues that will inform you and will help you make the right choices, especially in the upcoming elections; and that show how things are leading up to the global dictator, Antichrist
(1 John 2:18) and the mark of the beast
Some of the articles were not printed during the 2012 Presidential campaigns because of my conservative stand, and certain liberal (socialist) editors in charge of the newspaper. I figure if I would have had more clout and the right connections more articles would have been printed. I did a lot of research to get out the truth about our plunge into a socialist welfare state with a controlling Autocrat (Dictator).
Before checking inline and end of each study references, and reading indented block paragraphs, unless necessary, please read Book's main indented first-line paragraphs (like you see here) through at least one time. This way you will learn the basic information drawn from my in-depth study of the Word, with some guidance of the Spirit of Truth
(John 16:12-15), that I am hoping and eager to impart. May Lord God bless and illuminate your heart, soul, mind and spirit!
1 Cor 3:10-14;
1 Tim 4:16;
2 Pet 1:19-21
1 John 2:18-19,
2 John 1:7;
1 Cor 6:15;
1 Th 4:16-17;
1 Sam 3:7,
2 Sam 7:27;
1 Chr 17:25;
1 Cor 2:1-8;
1 Cor 14:5-6,
2 Cor 12:1-4;
2 Th 1:6-10;
1 Tim 3:8-16;
1 Pet 1:13;
["In the Beginning..." study]
["Meaning of 2 Thessalonians 2:7 in Context" study]