Good insight in both these articles.

The Rapture

Pete Garcia

Over the years, I’ve read close to a thousand articles pertaining to the Rapture of the Church. I’ve watched hundreds of videos of speakers expound on this topic.  I don’t know where to begin on how many sermons I’ve listened too…and to many of those teachers and preachers…we (those of us who benefit from their diligence) are indebted.  God has blessed many Godly men in putting to terms things many of us have missed or maybe not understood.  And just when I thought I’d heard them all, God reveals something new about this subject to me.

The Marriage

First, the Rapture must be distinguished from the gathering by the Angels that is found in Matthew 24:31 “Olivet Discourse”.  The Olivet Discourse was given in three of the four Gospels because of their intended audience.  It is not given in the Gospel of John, which many experts understand is the Gospel written to the Church.  The Church does not go through the Tribulation, hence instead of an Olivet Discourse; we have the Upper Room Discourse (John 14-17).

In Paul’s epistle to the church in Thessalonica, Christ Himself descends in the same manner in which He ascended (Acts 1:9-11) and gathers the Church unto Himself…He doesn’t have the angels gather His Bride.  Since we can model Christ’s return for His Church along the lines of a Jewish wedding, would a Jewish groom send his servants to gather his bride…or would he do it himself?

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Pete Garcia is an editor-at-large for the Omega Letter.

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The Burden of Damascus Revisited

Jack Kinsella

Sarin is a clear, colorless, tasteless liquid that has no odor in its pure form. Once released into the atmosphere, it evaporates into a vapor, or gas. Sarin was originally developed by the Nazis in 1938 and mimics the effect on humans that pesticides have on insects.

Symptoms will appear within a few seconds after exposure to the vapor form of sarin and within a few minutes up to 18 hours after exposure to the liquid form. People can be exposed to the vapor even if they do not come in contact with the liquid form of sarin.

And even at very low concentrations, exposure to sarin can be fatal. It is estimated to be five hundred times more toxic (poisonous) than arsenic. The effects of sarin are nightmarish — even describing what happens merits a disclaimer —Read the Rest