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URGENT ALERT — ISIS threatens to obtain US soldiers’ addresses and slaughter them at home! Please Send This to Every Military Personnel You Know!


A law enforcement bulletin obtained by FoxNews.com warned that Islamic State fighters have increased calls for “lone wolves” to attack U.S. soldiers in America in recent months, citing one tweet that called for jihadists to find service members’ addresses online and then “show up and slaughter them.”
There will be “a continued call – by Western fighters in Syria and terrorist organizations – for lone offender attacks against U.S. military facilities and personnel,” warned a July law enforcement intelligence bulletin from the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange, a state-run agency that gathers, assesses and shares threat information and works with the Department of Homeland Security. “These threats will most likely increase should the U.S. or its allies attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) in Syria or Iraq.”
In one example cited in the bulletin, a British jihadist encouraged radicals still living in the West to use Facebook and LinkedIn to find and target soldiers.
“You could literally search for soldiers, find their town, photos of them, look for address in Yellowbook or something,” the tweet read. “Then show up and slaughter them.”
The bulletin came out long before Tuesday’s indictment of an upstate New York man on a raft of terror-related charges, including attempting to kill “officers and employees of the United States. Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to Islamic State. Elfgeeh was arrested in late May in a Walmart parking lot after a sting in which an FBI informant offered to sell him guns and silencers, which Elfgeeh allegedly wanted to use to kill returning American troops as well as Shiite Muslims living in the region.
Killing U.S. troops on American soil is is an increasing focus of  jihadists, according to the bulletin, titled “Continued Threat to Military Personnel from Al-Qaida Inspired Homegrown Violent Extremists.” It was sent out on July 8, 2014 “in response to recent social media messaging from Western fighters in Syria calling for attacks against “soldiers in the West.” Instead of luring radicalized Americans to the Middle East, Islamic State will likely encourage them to stay home and kill U.S. soldiers here, the bulletin warned.
“U.S.-based [Home-Grown Violent Extremists] could be inspired by this rhetoric to turn their attention towards carrying out attacks at home,” the bulletin states.
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Generals skewer Obama for 'control' of airstrikes Evokes LBJ's micromanaging of Vietnam war theater

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WASHINGTON – Two retired U.S. generals have blasted a reported plan for President Obama to assert “personal control” over the selection of ISIS targets in Syria.
Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely and U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin said the prospect recalls the Johnson administration’s micro-managing of the war theater in Vietnam, when decisions made from Washington often resulted in selecting the wrong targets.
Boykin, an under secretary of defense for intelligence under President George W. Bush, said that while Obama’s reported decision to make all the bombing calls of ISIS targets in Syria were reminiscent of Vietnam, President Lyndon Johnson “at least had some military experience.”
Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin
Ret. Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin
Boykin pointed out Obama has never served in the military.
“[Obama] is absolutely not serious about strategy or destroying ISIS,” Boykin said. “There is no way we can destroy ISIS with the strategy he’s laid out, and it’s more problematic if he selects the targets.”
The Wall Street Journal reported Obama said he would exert “a high degree of personal control” over military strategy against ISIS in Syria in an effort to avoid getting too involved in the country’s three-year-old-plus civil war.
In testimony on Capitol Hill, however, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel insisted the report was “not true.”
Nevertheless, Hagel’s denial didn’t stop the two retired generals from expressing concern over Obama’s overall strategy for defeating ISIS.
Vallely believes Obama should resign.
“He has no capability of leading this country at this time,” he said.
‘No clue what to hit’
Vallely, who was deputy commanding general of U.S. Pacific Command, is an author along with retired USAF Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney of the book “Endgame: The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror.”
“[Obama] wouldn’t have a clue what targets to hit,” Vallely said. “Go back to Vietnam when (Defense Secretary Robert) McNamara was calling the targets.”
Before he died, McNamara apologized in a book for his role in conducting the Vietnam conflict, noted Vallely.
Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely (ret.)
Ret. Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely
Vallely said he had met with a number of pilots who had conducted bombings over Vietnam who said “you couldn’t believe what they wanted us to hit rather than hard targets.” One such target, he said, was a bamboo bridge rather than a steel bridge that was in use nearby.
“How would (Obama) have any clue unless he was given options by his generals?” Vallely asked. “Yet, he’s overridden his generals at every step and everything now is in disarray (concerning the policy). What you get from Dempsey and Hagel is at odds with the White House.”
Vallely was referring to recent congressional testimony from Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, who testified along with Hagel. Dempsey underscored the president’s position that no U.S. ground troops will be deployed, but he added that if the military situation changed, he would go back to the president to request them.
In his testimony, Dempsey also pointed out that ISIS fighters were dispersing into more urban centers to make any targeting from U.S. aircraft more difficult.
Vallely said that he had spoken with McInerney about targeting in Syria and concluded it is inevitable U.S. boots will be put on the ground at least to direct the airstrikes.
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Ret. Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney
He said, however, that McInerney, who was an Air Force pilot, commander and strategic planner, agrees airpower would be 90 percent effective and “would be better than doing nothing at the moment.”
“With ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance),” Vallely said, “we can pick up these (ISIS) units wherever they are,” since the area is open, with many people leaving out of fear for potential bombing.
“Most of the area is a desert wasteland,” Vallely said. “I’ve been there with my group. Having ISIS melt into the population will be difficult, since they’re on the move. This will mean minimal collateral damage.”
At odds over Free Syrian Army
While the U.S. may bomb ISIS positions, Vallely believes Obama will not order strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s air force, even though it would assist the Free Syrian Army with whom Vallely has numerous contacts.
“You can’t support the FSA without neutralizing Assad’s air force,” he said.
Vallely and Boykin, however, appeared at odds over backing the FSA and training and equipping them to fight ISIS.
“You can’t blame (the FSA) in signing a non-aggression pact with ISIS,” Vallely said. “You can’t fight both Assad and ISIS at the same time.”
Vallely said he and the FSA see Assad as more of a threat than ISIS.
“If FSA gets strong enough, it will do away with ISIS; so there needs to be some accommodation with ISIS,” he said.
Boykin, however, was very critical of that approach.
“I’m not in favor at all of training and equipping the FSA,” Boykin said. “Who knows who these people are?”
Members of FSA have defected to the Islamic jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra, which is linked to al-Qaida.
Boykin said that if there is a non-aggression pact, it is a strong indication FSA won’t fight ISIS. Their primary objective is bringing down Assad. If what we give them is to fight ISIS, that may not happen.
“They will use the weapons to attack Christians and attack Israel, and I don’t think (giving FSA weapons) is prudent.”

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Jihadist Website Actively Recruiting “Western Wives for Warriors”…

Jihadist Website Actively Recruiting “Western Wives for Warriors”…

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BEIRUT, Lebanon — The Daily Beast is reporting that the self-proclaimed Islamic State, formerly known by the acronym ISIS, is actively recruiting Western women and girls. And in the process this “caliphate” that now occupies large swathes of Syria and Iraq is showing, once again, that it’s almost as shrewd with social media as it is ruthless on the battlefield.
The tweets and blogs apparently are written by Western women married to jihadi warriors. They aim to persuade would-be “sisters” in Europe and the United States to travel to the Middle East to help this al-Qaeda spinoff build its extremist vision of an Islamic society.
Potential caliph-ettes (as one is tempted to call them) are told their main contribution to the Islamic revolution will be through matrimony, not martyrdom; child-bearing, not gun-toting. One blogger called “Bird of Jannah” purrs: “Women are not equal to men. It can never be. Men are the leaders & women are [so] special that Allah has given them entire chapter in the Qur’an.”
The propaganda usually eschews the gore and barbaric images often included in the general fare of jihadist online posts, such as the beheadings last month of dozens of Syrian army soldiers after a base was overrun in the northern Syrian province of Raqqa.
Instead, the marketing focuses on what one analyst calls the “private sphere,” concentrating on the joys of jihadist family life and the “honor” of raising new fighters for Islam. The online recruiters stress the pleasure of providing the domesticity that a warrior waging jihad needs and by doing so serving Islam.

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ISIS Draws a Steady Stream of Recruits From Turkey

ISIS Draws a Steady Stream of Recruits From Turkey

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ANKARA, Turkey — Having spent most of his youth as a drug addict in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Turkey’s capital, Can did not think he had much to lose when he was smuggled into Syria with 10 of his childhood friends to join the world’s most extreme jihadist group.
After 15 days at a training camp in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto headquarters of the group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the 27-year-old Can was assigned to a fighting unit. He said he shot two men and participated in a public execution. It was only after he buried a man alive that he was told he had become a full ISIS fighter.
“When you fight over there, it’s like being in a trance,” said Can, who asked to be referred to only by his middle name for fear of reprisal. “Everyone shouts, ‘God is the greatest,’ which gives you divine strength to kill the enemy without being fazed by blood or splattered guts,” he said.
Hundreds of foreign fighters, including some from Europe and the United States, have joined the ranks of ISIS in its self-proclaimed caliphate that sweeps over vast territories of Iraq and Syria. But one of the biggest source of recruits is neighboring Turkey, a NATO member with an undercurrent of Islamist discontent.
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How ISIS Works

With oil revenues, arms and organization, the jihadist group controls vast stretches of Syria and Iraq and aspires to statehood.
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As many as 1,000 Turks have joined ISIS, according to Turkish news media reports and government officials here. Recruits cite the group’s ideological appeal to disaffected youths as well as the money it pays fighters from its flush coffers. The C.I.A. estimated last week that the group had from 20,000 to 31,500 fighters in Iraq and Syria.
The United States has put heavy pressure on Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to better police Turkey’s 560-mile-long border with Syria. Washington wants Turkey to stanch the flow of foreign fighters and to stop ISIS from exporting the oil it produces on territory it holds in Syria and Iraq.
So far, Mr. Erdogan has resisted pleas to take aggressive steps against the group, citing the fate of 49 Turkish hostages ISIS has held since militants took over Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, in June. Turkey declined to sign a communiqué last Thursday that committed a number of regional states to take “appropriate” new measures to counter ISIS, frustrating American officials.
For years, Turkey has striven to set an example of Islamic democracy in the Middle East through its “zero problems with neighbors” prescription, the guiding principle of Ahmet Davutoglu, who recently became Turkey’s prime minister after serving for years as foreign minister. But miscalculations have left the country isolated and vulnerable in a region now plagued by war.
Turkey has been criticized at home and abroad for an open border policy in the early days of the Syrian uprising. Critics say that policy was crucial to the rise of ISIS. Turkey had bet that rebel forces would quickly topple the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, but as the war evolved, the extremists have benefited from the chaos.
Turkish fighters recruited by ISIS say they identify more with the extreme form of Islamic governance practiced by ISIS than with the rule of the Turkish governing party, which has its roots in a more moderate form of Islam.
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Stopping Home-Bound ISIS Fighters

Stopping Home-Bound ISIS Fighters

A look at how governments around the world deal with their citizens who become jihadists.
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Hacibayram, a ramshackle neighborhood in the heart of Ankara’s tourist district, has morphed into an ISIS recruitment hub over the past year. Locals say up to 100 residents have gone to fight for the group in Syria.
“It began when a stranger with a long, coarse beard started showing up in the neighborhood,” recalled Arif Akbas, the neighborhood’s elected headman of 30 years, who oversees local affairs. “The next thing we knew, all the drug addicts started going to the mosque.”
One of the first men to join ISIS from the neighborhood was Ozguzhan Gozlemcioglu, known to his ISIS counterparts as Muhammad Salef. In three years, he has risen to the status of a regional commander in Raqqa, and locals say he frequently travels in and out of Ankara, each time making sure to take back new recruits with him.
Mehmet Arabaci, a Hacibayram resident who assists with distributing government aid to the poor, said younger members of the local community found online pictures of Mr. Gozlemcioglu with weapons on the field and immediately took interest. Children have started to spend more time online since the municipality knocked down the only school in the area last year as part of an aggressive urban renewal project.
“There are now seven mosques in the vicinity, but not one school,” Mr. Arabaci said. “The lives of children here are so vacant that they find any excuse to be sucked into action.”
Playing in the rubble of a demolished building on a recent hot day here, two young boys staged a fight with toy guns.
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Foreign Fighters in Syria and Iraq

According to Peter Neumann, a professor at King’s College London, at least 12,000 foreign militants are fighting in Syria and Iraq — many of them with ISIS. Where the fighters originate from:
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When a young Syrian girl walked past them, they pounced on her, knocking her to the floor and pushing their toy rifles against her head. “I’m going to kill you, whore,” one of the boys shouted before launching into sound effects that imitated a machine gun.
The other boy quickly lost interest and walked away. “Toys are so boring,” he said. “I have real guns upstairs.”
The boy’s father, who owns a nearby market, said he fully supported ISIS’s vision for Islamic governance and hoped to send the boy and his other sons to Raqqa when they are older.
“The diluted form of Islam practiced in Turkey is an insult to the religion,” he said giving only his initials, T.C., to protect his identity. “In the Islamic State you lead a life of discipline as dictated by God, and then you are rewarded. Children there have parks and swimming pools. Here, my children play in the dirt.”
But when Can returned from Raqqa after three months with two of the original 10 friends he had left with, he was full of regret.
“ISIS is brutal,” he said. “They interpret the Quran for their own gains. God never ordered Muslims to kill Muslims.”
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Still, he said many were drawn to the group for financial reasons, as it appealed to disadvantaged youth in less prosperous parts of Turkey. “When you fight, they offer $150 a day. Then everything else is free,” he said. “Even the shopkeepers give you free products out of fear.”
ISIS recruitment in Hacibayram caught the news media’s attention in June when a local 14-year-old recruit came back to the neighborhood after he was wounded in a shelling attack in Raqqa. The boy’s father, Yusuf, said that the government had made no formal inquiry into the episode and that members of the local community had started to condemn what they saw as inaction by the authorities.
“There are clearly recruitment centers being set up in Ankara and elsewhere in Turkey, but the government doesn’t seem to care,” said Aaron Stein, a fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a London-based think tank. “It seems their hatred for Bashar al-Assad and their overly nuanced view of what radical Islam is has led to a very short- and narrow-sighted policy that has serious implications.”
The Interior Ministry and National Police Department did not respond to requests for comment.
On a recent afternoon in Ankara, Mr. Erdogan and Mr. Davutoglu came to pray at the historic Haci Bayram Veli Mosque, just over 100 yards away from an underground mosque used by a radical Salafi sect known to oversee ISIS recruits.
When news of their visit reached the neighborhood, several residents scurried down the steep hill hoping to catch an opportunity to raise the issue.
At the same time, a 10-year-old boy lingered in his family’s shop, laughing at the crowd rushing to get a glimpse of the two leaders. He had just listened to a long lecture from his father celebrating ISIS’ recent beheading of James Foley, an American journalist. “He was an agent and deserved to die,” the man told his son, half-smirking through his thick beard.
To which the boy replied, “Journalists, infidels of this country; we’ll kill them all.”
Correction: September 17, 2014
A picture with an earlier version of this article,  which showed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu leaving a mosque in August, was published in error. Neither that mosque nor the president’s visit were related to the recruiting of ISIS fighters described in the article.

THANK YOU LORD JESUS GOOD: Popular Generals Take Huge Stand Against Barack Obama

GOOD: Popular Generals Take Huge Stand Against Barack Obama

In most countries around the world, when a number of high-ranking military officers take a public stand against the country’s leadership, it’s a sign that a military coup is in the offing. In America, however, it’s a sign that our First Amendment guarantee of free speech is still alive and well–at least for now.
It’s one thing when retired generals, whose military careers are obviously behind them, speak out against a sitting president. This has often been the case lately. For example, retired U.S. Army Major General Paul E. Vallely has been vocal about his belief that American liberty will only be restored through peaceful marches and protests to force the resignations of key political leaders, including President Obama. General Vallely has been joined by Air Force Brigadier General Charles Jones to create a “citizen’s council” directly challenging the administration’s policy decisions. Obama’s treatment of Islamic terrorists, including his trade of several Guantanamo Bay detainees for accused deserter Bowe Bergdahl has drawn fire from two other retired generals, Air Force Major General Bentley Rayburn and four-star Army General Jack Keane.
However, it must be even more troubling to the Obama administration to be called out by active-duty officers. Lending his voice to that of highly-decorated retired Army Major General Patrick Henry Brady, active-duty 4-star Marine General and US Southern Command Commander John Kelly has argued publicly that the current border crisis threatens America’s very existence.
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Particularly in regards to the drug trade, murder rates and terrorist activity brewing in Central America, Kelly says, the waves of Latin Americans sweeping through Mexico and illegally into Texas presents a threat to the U.S. every bit as serious as Iran or North Korea.
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“In comparison to other global threats, the near collapse of societies in [this] hemisphere with the associated drug and [illegal immigrant] flow are frequently viewed to be of low importance,” Kelly said in an interview with Defense One. “Many argue these threats are not existential and do not challenge our national security. I disagree.”
It isn’t the first time Kelly has sounded the alarm. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee in March, Kelly complained that budget cuts in recent years have handcuffed the military’s ability to shut down many drug and human trafficking corridors.
The leaders of America’s armed forces have a unique perspective on governance, as they are often close to the decision makers and sometimes called upon to enact, or clean up after, policy decisions. Their opinions are not, of course, of inherently more value than anyone else’s–although they are typically better informed.
However, they are long-service officers and have served under multiple administrations, allowing them to draw comparisons and contrasts between leaders and policies.
To put it bluntly: when this many generals with this much combined experience observing, implementing, and evaluating U.S. policy agree that America is headed in the wrong direction, the American people would be fools not to pay attention.
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BOMBSHELL: Obama is Letting Benghazi Murderers Off the Hook [WATCH]

BOMBSHELL: Obama is Letting Benghazi Murderers Off the Hook [WATCH]

The recent capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala for his suspected role in the attack on the diplomatic mission and nearby CIA annex in Benghazi, Lybia on September 11, 2012, was widely regarded as a positive development in the quest for justice for the four Americans murdered that night.
New information, however, now indicates that Khattala was considered “low-hanging fruit,” and could have been apprehended months ago.
Despite multiple promises from President Obama to find and prosecute those responsible for the attack, it appears that his administration is actually doing very little to that end. Of the over 20 suspects already identified, Khattala is the only one to have been taken into custody, and was never considered a high priority target.
As cited on the official Fox News blog:
According to multiple sources on the ground, including some with direct knowledge of the operations to identify and hunt the Benghazi suspects, intelligence that could have been acted upon at times has been ignored or put on hold. Further, they say, the recent capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala — now on a ship bound for the U.S., expected to arrive this weekend — was an easy one.
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“He was low-hanging fruit,” one source told Fox News. “We could have picked him up months and months ago and there was no change, or urgency to do this now.”
Former Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack. Khattala was long thought to be involved, but is also considered by some to be rather low on the suspect list.
According to sources, the United States has a “target list” that initially contained about 10 suspects identified within days of the attack and eventually grew to more than 20 as American Special Forces conducted surveillance in and around Benghazi.
The four groups on the “target list” include Ansar al-Sharia, with the top target being the “Emir of Ansar al Sharia,” Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamuda bin Qumu. He was a prisoner at Guantánamo Bay for more than five years and at the time was classified by analysts at the prison as “a probable member of Al Qaeda.” Despite this significant threat to American security and allies, bin Qumu was released as part of an amnesty for militants in 2008. Sources told Fox News that intelligence has shown his involvement in the attacks, and actionable intelligence has for some reason been ignored.
Obama’s declaration of determination to bring these terrorists to justice is just another story developed for public consumption by this administration. He and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have both made it abundantly clear through their words and actions that they have no interest in revealing the truth about Benghazi or its aftermath.
Several internal investigations have revealed little; Democrats in both the House and the Senate have largely seemed content with that, as does much of the mainstream media. Luckily for the American people, the House Select Committee on Benghazi remains determined to get to the bottom of this scandal.
The truth must be made known. The American people, and the four Americans murdered in Benghazi that night, deserve no less.
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THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST

Chapter 10 - The Second Coming of Jesus Christ


 
 CHAPTER 10

THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST


The most glorious prophesied future event in the Bible is the Second Coming to this earth of God’s only begotten Son Yeshua Elohim, Jesus Christ. The Bible is abundantly clear that Jesus Christ will return to earth, and He will return in the same way as He left.

Acts 1:9-11
9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."


Jesus left earth from the Mount of Olives and rose up into the clouds in the sky to ascend to heaven. Jesus will return to the Mount of Olives in the same way as He left, returning in the clouds from heaven.

Zechariah 14:4
And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, Making a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south.


Matthew 24:30
Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.



Jesus will return to earth to fulfil the Abrahamic Covenant

As explained in Chapter 6, God made a covenant with Abraham known as ‘The Abrahamic Covenant’. This is a covenant by which God has promised unconditionally to make Abraham and His descendants (Israel) a great nation of blessing and to bless (save) all the families (nations) of the earth through the Seed of Abraham, who is Jesus Christ.

God has not yet fulfilled His covenant with Abraham. To date, Israel has never been a great and blessed nation occupying the full extent of the Promised Land. Also, God has not yet blessed (saved) all the families (nations) of the earth through Jesus Christ. God emphasised the Abrahamic Covenant through the Davidic and the New Covenants. It is important to understand that both the Davidic and the New Covenant, made with Israel, are included in and are the outworking of the Abrahamic Covenant.

The Abrahamic Covenant can only be fulfilled by Christ. This will happen when Jesus returns to earth and establishes the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God will come in two phases as previously explained in Chapter 3. Firstly, there will be the Millennial Kingdom, and later, the Eternal Kingdom of the New Heaven and the New Earth.

It is the hope and expectation of the Jews that one day God will send a Messiah, an anointed King, who will restore the Kingdom of Israel and usher in a time of justice, peace and prosperity for the whole nation of Israel. This hope, rooted in the Old Testament Hebrew Scripture in several places, will be fulfilled when Jesus Christ, the Messiah, returns.


The signs to watch for, before Jesus Christ returns

Jesus’s disciples understood that the return of Jesus Christ would mark the end of this age and the beginning of the next age, the Millennial Age. They wanted to know if Jesus would give a sign before His return.

Matthew 24:3
Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when these things will be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"


Christ answered them by saying that a number of things would happen before His return. These are given in Matthew 24:4-12 and listed below:

-          many people will be deceived by false teachers and false prophets,
-          there will be wars and rumours of wars,
-          there will be famines,
-          there will be pestilences,
-          there will be earthquakes,
-          the Jews will be killed and hated by all nations.

How absolutely accurate the Bible is. These events have all been happening over hundreds of years since the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, these are not the signs of His imminent return because Jesus says, in Matthew 24:8, that they are only ‘the beginning of sorrows’.

Jesus stated two important signs to watch for indicating His return is very close, which we discuss below.


1. The Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world

Matthew 24:14
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.


Jesus Christ says that the Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world and then the end will come. The Gospel of the Kingdom is about the coming of the literal Kingdom of God which Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, will establish on this earth when He returns to earth to fulfil the Abrahamic Covenant.

Over many centuries, Traditional Christians have been zealous in their missions to convert people to Christianity and save them from a burning hell. However, Traditional Christianity has no revelation of who the true Son of God is, and therefore it remains in darkness to the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The shocking fact is that the whole world of Christianity, as we know it today, has denied and continues to deny that Jesus Christ, Yeshua Elohim, is the only begotten Son of God, Yahveh Elohim, and that He is the Saviour of the world. These two most important truths about Jesus Christ form the very Gospel of Jesus Christ believed by the Apostles and also by the early church. Then later, heresies such as the false doctrines of the Trinity and hell, the great deceptions, were taught by false teachers who infiltrated gatherings of the church, as prophesied by Jesus in Matthew 24:4-12 discussed above. This gave rise to the teaching and preaching of a false gospel which continues in traditional Christianity today.

Make no mistake about it, the true Gospel of Jesus Christ will be preached in all the world before Jesus Christ returns to establish the Kingdom of God on earth, and ultimately, to save the whole world in the ages to come.

2. God’s global end time judgement

The Bible speaks about God’s global end time judgement of ‘the Great Tribulation’ which will last for three and a half years, and immediately after it, massively cataclysmic events that occur at the actual Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 24:21
For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.


Note that the Great Tribulation will be the most horrific unprecedented time that the world will have ever experienced or ever experience again.

Matthew 24:29-30
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.


Please note that verse 30 above confirms that Jesus Christ will appear on the clouds at His Second Coming after the Great Tribulation, but during the massively cataclysmic events when the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

The prophet Jeremiah calls God’s end time judgement, ‘the time of Jacob’s trouble’ (Jeremiah 30:7). Daniel also refers to this same end time judgement.

Daniel 12:1, 7
1 ...And there shall be a time of trouble, Such as never was since there was a nation, Even to that time...

7 ...that it shall be for a time, times, and half a time; and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished.

A time, times and half a time’ means a period of three and a half years. Notice that a time of trouble will come in the future when the power of the holy people, meaning God’s chosen nation Israel, will be completely shattered.


The climactic event of the Great Tribulation will be the last great battle, known as the battle of Armageddon, when Israel will be completely shattered by invading foreign armies. Revelation 16:14-16 refers to it as ‘the battle of that great day of God Almighty’. This is when many Gentile nations (Magog) will unite under the leadership of Gog and invade Jerusalem just prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. God will directly intervene to destroy these armies of the Gentile nations who conquer Jerusalem. The battle of Armageddon is described in detail in Ezekiel, Chapters 38 and 39.

The Bible, both in the Old and New Testaments, clearly prophesies God’s fearful global end time judgement against this sinful world just before, and at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (Isaiah 13:9-13, Jeremiah 4:24-28, Zechariah 14:1-5, Joel 3, Matthew 24:29-30 and Revelation 6:12-17).

When we put together these scriptures, we can clearly see that the future judgement of God, which marks the end of this present age, will be absolutely cataclysmic involving the powers of the heavens being shaken, the stars (meteorites) falling onto earth, the sun and the moon being darkened, great earthquakes causing every mountain and every island to shake and move out of its place, great global devastation of the earth’s surface causing chaos and waste, massive destruction of all types of life, and surviving unbelievers so terrified that they hide away from the face of the returning Jesus Christ and His wrath.

The Bible indicates that up to two-thirds of earth’s population will die as a result of God’s global end time judgement.

Zechariah 13:8
“And it shall come to pass in all the land," Says the LORD, "That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, But one-third shall be left in it.”


This scripture, referring to Israel, confirms that two-thirds of the Israelites in the land will die during God’s global end time judgement. Since there is a biblical principle of, “Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile” (Romans 2:9), we can deduce from this scripture and others that two-thirds of the Gentile nations will also die during this end time global judgement.

During the Great Tribulation, a third of mankind will die as a result of various plagues, catastrophes and the climactic battle of Armageddon.

Revelation 9:15
So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind.


As indicated by the scripture below, it is evident that an additional one third of mankind will die immediately after the Great Tribulation as a result of the cataclysmic events of shaking of the heavens, falling of meteorites and the great earthquake, which will occur as Jesus Christ descends onto the Mount of Olives.

Revelation 6:12-14
12 I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. 13 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.


Note that this end time judgement will be so great that every mountain and island will be moved out of its place. These cataclysmic events are also described in Revelation 16:20-21.

Revelation 16:20-21
20 Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.
 

God’s massively cataclysmic judgement against this present sinful world at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will change the topography and landscape of the whole of the earth’s surface. This is once again confirmed by the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 40:3-5.

Isaiah 40:3-5
3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth; 5 The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."


We can see from the scriptures given above that God has a dual purpose for His end time judgement against this present sinful world, before Jesus Christ returns onto earth to establish His Kingdom. Firstly, it is to completely destroy man’s worldly Satan inspired kingdoms. Secondly, it is to completely transform and prepare the earth’s surface to make the global topography needed for the coming glorious Millennial Kingdom of God on earth.

Before Jesus Christ descends and actually touches His feet onto the Mount of Olives, there are two important prophesied events that will take place. These are: ‘The Imprisonment of Satan’ and ‘The Resurrection of God’s Elect, the Bride of Christ’.


The Imprisonment of Satan

Satan who is currently free to roam the earth and its atmosphere, and deceive the world as ‘the prince of the power of the air’ (Ephesians 2:2) will be imprisoned in the bottomless pit. He will be kept there for a thousand years to prevent him from deceiving the nations during Christ’s Millennial Kingdom.

Revelation 20:1-3
1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, 3 and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.



The Resurrection of God’s Elect, the Bride of Christ

Matthew 24:30-31
30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.


God’s Elect, the Bride of Christ who are the Firstfruits, will be resurrected with a great sound of a trumpet and gathered together by angels at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. They will rise in their new glorified resurrected saved immortal spirit bodies to welcome and meet the returning Jesus Christ, their Saviour, to rule and reign with Him and be with Him forever.

There is a lot of confusion in the Christian world about exactly when believers will rise to meet the returning Jesus Christ. Christians talk and argue about a pre-tribulation rapture, a mid-tribulation rapture and a post-tribulation rapture, even though the word rapture is not mentioned anywhere in the Bible.

The Bible speaks of resurrection, not rapture

Revelation 20:4-6
4...And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection.
 

These verses clearly demonstrate that there are only two resurrections spoken of in the Bible, the First Resurrection and the Second Resurrection. The First Resurrection will take place at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Notice that the rest of the dead, meaning the rest of humanity, will live again after the thousand years are finished, which is at the end of the Millennial Kingdom. This is when the Second Resurrection takes place.

The First Resurrection is only for God’s Elect Bride of Christ, who will live and reign with Christ during the thousand-year Millennial Kingdom of God and beyond it forever. The Bride of Christ will consist of relatively very few people, from the nation of Israel and the Gentile nations, who are called and chosen to believe the Gospel, according to the Election of Grace, during their earthly lives, before Jesus Christ returns. The Bride of Christ, also referred to as the Firstfruits, has a special salvation for a special purpose.

Many Christians have confused the powerful truth of the Resurrection of believers at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ by introducing an unbiblical concept called ‘the rapture’. Most Christians who hold to the rapture theory believe in a pre-tribulation rapture. They believe that Jesus Christ’s Second Coming will take place in two stages, the first stage being at the beginning of the tribulation, which they believe is a seven year period instead of a three and a half year period. At this first stage, they believe that Jesus comes only in the clouds to ‘whisk away’ all believers from earth to heaven. By doing this, they believe that Jesus protects the believers from God’s wrath during the tribulation. They do not believe that Jesus lands on the earth at the first stage of His Second Coming, but that He will land on earth with them at the end of the tribulation period.

A typical rapture belief is as follows:

“Millions of people will disappear from the Earth without warning. As a result, tragic and unexplained accidents will occur on a wide scale basis, ushering in the tribulation period. Many speculate that the non-believers left behind who may have known of the Rapture theory, yet previously rejected it, will finally come to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour as a result of the Rapture. Others left behind will remain in unbelief, finding theories to explain away the bizarre event.”

Belief in the rapture is unbiblical. The Bible speaks of only one Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and only one gathering together of all believers at the return of Christ, which is a post-tribulation resurrection. This resurrection of God’s Elect, the Bride of Christ (believers who have died and those who are alive) will occur at the return of Jesus Christ, immediately after the Great Tribulation. This resurrection is, of course, the First Resurrection referred to in Revelation 20:6 given previously.

Christians who believe in a pre or mid-tribulation rapture should pay close attention to what Jesus has to say in the following scripture, which proves that all believers, who are alive at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, will know exactly when they will be resurrected. Hence, it will not be a surprise rapture, but an expected glorious resurrection at Jesus’s return. 

Luke 21:25-28
25 And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.


These verses give the same sequence of events as in Matthew 24:29-31. The most important glorious future event of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ occurs after the distress of nations, meaning after the Great Tribulation. Also, please note that all will see Jesus Christ coming in a cloud with power and great glory. This is the time when true believers will look up with joy and lift up their heads because they will know that their redemption is near, as they will enter into the fullness of their salvation. They will know that they are about to leave this earth and, in the twinkling of an eye, their earthly corruptible fleshly bodies will change into their beautiful glorified, incorruptible, immortal spirit bodies, and they will rise to meet their returning Saviour in the air.

The pre-tribulation rapture theory, which teaches that believers will suddenly and without any warning disappear from this earth, is unbiblical. It completely contradicts verse 28 above. The Bible says that all believers who are still alive at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will know exactly when they will be resurrected to meet the returning Christ because they will see Him coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

There is only one Second Coming of Jesus Christ immediately after the Great Tribulation, and only one resurrection of the Elect Bride of Christ. The Elect Bride consists of the true believers who have lived and died before Christ’s Second Coming, together with all of the true believers who are still alive at His Coming. There is not a hint anywhere in the Bible of Jesus Christ returning in two stages separated by a seven-year period of tribulation.

Christians who believe in the rapture give 1 Corinthians 15:50-53, and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 as their proof texts. Let us examine these scriptures and see that they actually speak of resurrection, not rapture.

1 Corinthians 15:50-53
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.


1 Corinthians 15 is a chapter that speaks about resurrection. This chapter says nothing about rapture. In verses 50-53 quoted above, Apostle Paul confirms that true believers, both those who are dead and those who are alive, will be changed and raised incorruptible at the last trumpet. When will the last trumpet sound? As we have already shown by quoting Matthew 24:30-31, there will be the sound of a trumpet when God’s Elect Bride will be gathered together at Christ’s return, immediately after the tribulation.

As we have seen, the Bible clearly speaks about a post-tribulation resurrection, which is the First Resurrection, and it will coincide with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Why use an unbiblical term such as ‘rapture’ when the Bible only speaks about resurrection?

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.


The Bible is consistent. The verses above speak of the First Resurrection of God’s Elect Bride of Christ at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Notice that when Jesus descends from heaven there will be a trumpet sound, which agrees with the previous scriptures we have quoted. This trumpet sound will occur immediately after the Great Tribulation when Christ returns and gathers together His Elect to bring them with Him as He descends to earth, onto the Mount of Olives.


True believers will be ready when Jesus Christ returns

The Bible says that only Father God in heaven knows the exact day and hour when Jesus Christ will return to earth. The world will be taken by surprise when Jesus returns. For unbelievers, Jesus Christ will come totally unexpectedly like ‘a thief in the night’ (Matthew 24:36-51).

Though nobody knows the exact day and hour when Jesus Christ will return, true believers, God’s Elect Bride are not in darkness. They are ready and always will be ready for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ as they are waiting, watching and praying for God’s Kingdom to come and God's will to be done on this earth (The Lord’s Prayer).

1 Thessalonians 5:4-6
4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
 

All true believers have the full assurance of their salvation. They know that Jesus Christ is the Author and Finisher of their faith (Hebrews 12:2). They also know that they are not appointed to wrath, meaning the future judgement of God in the Lake of Fire (John 5:24).

1 Thessalonians 5:8-11
8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. 11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.


Verse 9 above speaks about the wrath of God’s Lake of Fire judgement at the Great White Throne Judgement. It has nothing to do with the wrath of God, which occurs during the three and a half year period of the Great Tribulation, as falsely believed by Christians who believe in the rapture theory.

God will protect the majority of true believers from His wrath during the three and a half years of the Great Tribulation (Revelation 12:13-17). However, God will allow some true believers to suffer persecution and even martyrdom (Revelation 13:7). God’s wrath during the Great Tribulation will be directed at unbelievers, not believers.

All true believers know that they will rise in the First Resurrection to meet their returning Saviour in the air and be with Him forever, whether Jesus Christ returns before or after they die. At Christ’s return, believers who are dead will be the first to be resurrected, and then immediately in the twinkling of an eye, believers who are alive will be transformed into their new glorified immortal spirit bodies. Both groups will then be gathered together in their resurrected glorified immortal spirit bodies in the air, and rise up as the Firstfruits to meet the returning Jesus Christ. Then, they will all descend with Jesus onto the Mount of Olives to rule and reign with Him in the Millennial Kingdom of God and beyond, forever.

Let us comfort and edify one another with this wonderful truth, as Apostle Paul encourages us to do in verse 11 above.