The rapture is the fatal blow
1Thess 5:2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
The Lord tells us repeatedly that this is the analogy we need to pay attention to. So, if the church is the biggest prize in the universe, the "hope diamond" or some other fantastic treasure of great worth, how would a thief come in the night? Is this mission impossible? Is this like Ocean's 11? Satan will use every trick, every deceit to undermine the church.
1Thess 5:4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.
They will infiltrate the church with "highly respected" church leaders and pastors. When you see something don't close your eyes. I appreciate what Vicki Goforth Parnell is sharing because the Lord is letting us know that we are not in darkness. What happened at this recent World Economic Forum, we saw what they did in secret.
Revelation 3:3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.
I received and heard the word that I needed to repent of my sins, be baptized, and bring forth the fruit of repentance. In the same way I expect all these pastors to also bring forth the fruit of repentance from sins. In order to receive the word from the Lord we all had to humble ourselves, that is what we need to be doing now.
Luke 12:33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
So why is it that some of these pastors are multimillionaires? Kenneth Copeland's net worth is over $750 million. Pat Robertson $100 million, Benny Hinn $42 million, Joel Oelstein $40 million. I understand that if you own a company that is worth $100 million you can have a very high net worth but it is really a company that is employing thousands of people. There is no good explanation for why a pastor is worth $100 million.
2Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
There have been numerous dreams and visions that this is what is about to happen with NYC being destroyed, fire, flood, "wolves", "sharks", etc.
Revelation 16:15 “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”
The Southern Baptist Convention now teaches or holds to the teaching that everyone goes to heaven whether or not they know Jesus. This is what it means "to go naked" they are no longer clothed with Jesus salvation. They are shamefully exposed. Why are they still in the Southern Baptists? Because that is where they are getting their paycheck from.
36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
Jesus Christ has told us what is coming. If you remain in the Southern Baptist Convention or any other denomination that teaches you don't need Jesus for salvation then you are going to be here on the Earth when this flood comes and you will not be in the ark. Pergamos was a mixed marriage between the church and the world. Laodicea -- this means ruled by the people.
40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
We have many pastors who are in the field or who are grinding at the mill. When you are in the word preparing bread for the believers you are like a woman at the mill. The end of the age will be God the Father coming in and reaping, that reaping is like a thief coming. He isn't coming for these wretched, poor, pitiful, blind believers. He is coming for those who are rich in faith.
42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
If we look at these verses the Lord is telling us to watch in the same way that someone responsible for security would watch to make sure their house was not broken into. Suppose you are responsible to make sure the computers of a large bank are not broken into, that is the analogy. But go back to verse 36, Jesus says about that day no one knows except the father. Who would know the day that a bank robbery was planned? That would be the bank robber. God the Father is the one who is arranging, coordinating, planning and executing the day of the Lord and yes, it can be compared to a major bank robbery. "As you have done it will be done to you". But the context is clear, this word is not to those who are awake, there are believers who will not be surprised, the surprise is for the ones who are left behind, the ones who are naked, the ones who are brought to shame.
Exodus 22:2 “If a thief is caught breaking in at night and is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed;
The rapture will be a fatal blow to these thieves that have infiltrated the church. Jesus is the defender and He will not be guilty of bloodshed. This is His church, He has every right to defend it.
Jeremiah 2:26 “As a thief is disgraced when he is caught, so the people of Israel are disgraced— they, their kings and their officials, their priests and their prophets.
All of these thieves, all of these crooked pastors and priests are disgraced. They will be brought to shame and the rapture will be a fatal blow to their ministry.
John 10:1 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.
There is only one way -- Jesus is the door.