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What is Awaiting Unbelieving Mankind…

What is Awaiting

Unbelieving Mankind…

By Pastor F.M. Riley

May 16, 2015

Blow a ram’s horn in Zion, and shout an alarm in My holy mountain. Let all those living in the land tremble. For the day of Yahovah approaches; it is near. 2It is a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, as the dawn spread out on the mountains, a great and a strong people. There has never been the like, nor shall there ever be again to the years of generation to generation;Joel 2:1-2.

The Great Day of Yahovah is near; It is near and rushing greatly, the sound of the day of Yahovah. The mighty man shall cry out bitterly there. 15That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of waste and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness,Zephaniah 1:14-15

Introduction

As I sit here this morning in Missouri, it is pouring down rain and the sky is shrouded in clouds. This is the third day in a row that the day has dawned with clouds hiding the Sun as it rises. Sometime today we may, or we may not, get some sunshine to brighten the day.

How often mankind upon the earth fails to think about the beauty of the sunrise, and the blessing the sunshine brings to us. How often mankind fails to thank God for the light of each day provided by the Sun, giving to mankind upon the earth light and energy, and the warmth the earth needs to produce the food we must have to sustain our lives.

I have lived long enough to know that day after day without seeing the Sun, either in the Spring and Summer seasons, or in the Fall and Winter seasons, causes people to become depressed and gloomy, like the darkened day itself. It is during such prolonged conditions that people develop “cabin fever,” and a strong desire to just get out of the house and into the fresh open air.

But in thinking about this subject, I realized that mankind living on the earth today hasn’t seen anything yet, in view of what is coming. And what is coming upon those left behind on the earth following the resurrection and Pre-tribulation Rapture of New Covenant believers is what this study is about!

May this study serve as a FINAL WARNING to unbelieving men and women, boys and girls, to hurry in seeking the Lord as their own personal Savior, before the thick darkness descends upon all of humanity left upon the earth following the Pre-Tribulation resurrection and rapture of all true believers, 1 Corinthians 15:20-23, “But now Messiah has been raised from the dead; He became the first-fruit of those having fallen asleep. 21For since through man came death, also through a Man is a resurrection of the dead; 22for as in Adam all die, so also in Messiah all will be made alive. 23But each in his own order: Messiah, the first-fruit; afterward those of Messiah at His coming.”; Zephaniah 1:14-18, “The Great Day of Yahovah is near; It is near and rushing greatly, the sound of the day of Yahovah. The mighty man shall cry out bitterly there. 15That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of waste and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, 16a day of the ram’s horn and alarm against the fortified cities, and against the high towers. 17And I will bring distress to men, and they shall walk like the blind, because they have sinned against Yahovah. And their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh like dung. 18Their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of Yahovah. But all the earth shall be consumed by the fire of His jealousy. For He shall make a complete, yea, a speedy end of all those living in the earth.

The Great Earthquake

I remind our readers that at the time Christ Jesus died on the cross, a great earthquake occurred, followed by a number of aftershocks, Matthew 27:46-54, “And about the ninth hour, Yeshua cried out with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani; that is, My El, My El, why did You honor Me to be here? 47And hearing, some of those standing there said, This one calls Elijah. 48And at once, one of them running and taking a sponge, and filling it with “vinegar,” put it on a reed and “gave drink to Him.” 49But the rest said, Let be; let us see if Elijah is coming to save Him. 50And crying again with a loud voice, Yeshua released His spirit. 51And, behold! The veil of the sanctuary was torn into two from above as far as below. And the earth quaked, and the rocks were sheared! 52And the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. 53And coming forth out of the tombs after His resurrection, they entered into the holy city and were seen by many. 54But the centurion and those with him guarding Yeshua, seeing the earthquake and the things taking place, they feared exceedingly, saying, Truly this One was Son of Divinity.”; 28:1-8, “But after the Sabbaths, at the dawning into the first of the Sabbaths (feast of first fruits), Mariam of Magdalene and the other Mariam came to look upon the grave. 2And, behold! A great earthquake occurred! For descending from Heaven and coming near, a cherub of YAHWEH rolled away the stone from the door and was sitting on it. 3And his face was as lightning and his clothing white as snow. 4And those keeping guard were shaken from the fear of him, and they became as dead. 5But answering, the cherub said to the women, You must not fear, for I know that you seek Yahshua who has been crucified. 6He is not here, for He was raised, as He said. Come see the place where He was lying. 7And going quickly say to His disciples that He was raised from the dead. And behold! He goes before you into Galilee. You will see Him there. Behold! I told you. 8And going away from the tomb quickly, with fear and great joy, they ran to report to His disciples.One of the results of this great earthquake was that the graves of the deceased saints in or near Jerusalem were opened, and following His resurrection those deceased saints came out of their graves alive, and went into Jerusalem, appearing to many as visible “witnesses” of the resurrecting and life giving power of the Lord Jesus Christ, John 11:25-26, “Yeshua said to her, I AM the Resurrection and the Life. 26He who believes in Me will never die! Do you believe this?These saints that arose following the resurrection of Christ were “the firstfruits” of the resurrection, 1 Corinthians 15:20-21, “But now Messiah has been raised from the dead; He became the first-fruit of those having fallen asleep. 21For since through man came death, also through a Man is a resurrection of the dead;Dear readers, it is technically and grammatically incorrect to speak of “firstfruits” being gathered, unless there is going to be more “fruits” gathered at a later time. And so there will be! 1 Corinthians 15:50-58, “And I say this, brothers, that flesh and blood is not able to inherit the kingdom of Yahovah, nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51Behold, I speak a mystery to you: We shall not all fall asleep, but we shall all be changed. 52In a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet; for a trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed. 53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54But when this corruptible shall put on incorruption, and this mortal shall put on immortality, then will take place the Word that has been written, “Death was swallowed up in victory.” 55“O death, where is your sting? Hades, where is your victory?” 56Now the sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the Law; 57but thanks be to Yahovah who gives us the victory through our Master Yeshua Messiah! 58So that, my beloved brothers, you be firm, immovable, abounding in the work of Yahovah always, knowing that your labor is not without fruit in the Master Yahovah.Glory to God! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!

But what does this glance back at history have to do with what is awaiting unbelieving mankind upon the earth? I’m so glad you asked…..

The Greater Earthquake

I would remind our readers that the very last “sign” the Lord Jesus Christ spoke about in Matthew 24:4-7, “And answering, Yeshua said to them, See that no man deceives you. 5For many will come in My name, saying, I am the Messiah. And they will cause many to be deceived. 6For you are bound to hear of revolutions and rumor of wars. Watch out and do not be disturbed, for it is necessary that all these things happen, but it is not yet the end. 7For nation will be raised against nation and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be famines and plagues and earthquakes against many places.”, which is to precede the time of “sorrows” upon the earth was “….. earthquakes, in divers places.” Is mankind on the earth today seeing and experiencing such earthquakes? Every single day! One would have to be brain dead not to know about all the earthquakes which are occurring somewhere in the earth every day, for they are being reported on daily by the world news media.

However, the earthquakes occurring today are just the prelude to “the big one.” Since the graves of the saints in or near Jerusalem were opened following the resurrection of Christ Jesus, I think we who are true believers have good reason to expect an earthquake to occur at the time the Lord comes to resurrect and rapture His New Covenant saints to glory. But I also think it will be much larger, likely the largest earthquake that has ever occurred in the history of mankind.

Why? Because the graves or burial sites of every believer who has lived and died during this entire “dispensation of grace,” [2,000 years] will be opened, and such graves are scattered all over the face of the earth in every nation. These graves of New Covenant believers will not be opened in order to allow the bodies of the believers to exit, but rather to allow those left behind to witness for themselves that the bodies and bones that were once in the graves are gone; totally missing. What a witness to those left behind, that the resurrection and rapture predicted in God’s Word will have actually and literally occurred. Glory to God! Praise the Lord!

The Beginning of a Chain of Events…..

Volcanic Eruptions…..It is, or should be, obvious to every reader that when the great world-wide earthquake occurs in connection with the resurrection and rapture, it will shake the earth up until every volcano on earth will explode into eruption. We are speaking of over 1,000 volcanoes which presently exist in countries all over the earth, plus any new ones that may come into existence under such a world-wide shaking of the earth.

Now look at Peter’s prophecy in Acts 2:19, “And I will give wonders in the heaven above, and miraculous signs on the earth below, blood and fire and vapor of smoke.and Joel’s prophecy in Joel 2:30, “And I will give signs in the heavens and in the earth: blood, and fire, and columns of smoke.Peter was inspired of the Lord to say “and I will show wonders [signs] in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke.” Likewise Joel was inspired of God to say, “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.” I urge our readers to take your own Concordance or Lexicon and look up the meaning of the word translated as “pillars” in Joel 2:30. The Hebrew word literally means, “standing upright columns of smoke.” Check it out for yourself.

Now the last time I checked [Mt. St. Helens, in Washington, 1980…..I was there!], erupting volcanoes give off vast amounts of thick, black, heavy, smoke. Depending on the strength of the explosion, they also send a cloud of volcanic ash straight up into the sky above the volcano, which can literally extend for six to eight miles or more into the upper atmosphere. It doesn’t take much intelligence to understand that if every volcano on earth goes into eruption at the same time [1,000 or more], plus any new ones which may be brought into existence by the extreme shaking of “the big one,” then both Peter’s prophecy and Joel’s prophecy will be fulfilled to the letter. The prevailing winds will carry the smoke [volcanic ash] all over the earth, so that the whole earth will be literally shrouded in “vapor of smoke,” and standing upright “pillars” of smoke will be seen all over the landscape of the whole earth. All of these volcanoes erupting at the same time will saturate the upper atmosphere to the extent that normal sunlight will be blocked out, and the whole earth plunged into gloominess and darkness, exactly as the prophetic Scriptures predict.

Darkness that can be felt….Our readers should remember that in ancient Egypt, a plague of darkness was brought upon the Egyptians, Exodus 10:21-29. It was darkness that could literally be felt, 10:21, “And Yahovah said to Moses, Stretch out your hand to the heavens so that darkness may be on the land of Egypt, and one may feel darkness.What kind of darkness could this be? Yes, I believe I do know, for I have experienced such darkness.

When Mount St. Helens erupted in the state of Washington in 1980, I was pastoring a church in the Tri-cities area. It was a beautiful Sunday morning, with not a cloud in the sky. But as I was in my study preparing for the Sunday morning service, I heard what, at the time, I presumed to be, a “sonic boom.” It was so loud that it shook our entire church building. However, it turned out to be, not a sonic boom, but the explosion and eruption of Mount St. Helens, approximately 125 miles south and west of our church location. We proceeded with our Sunday morning service, but by the time we dismissed at noon, the ash cloud from St. Helens had covered our entire city and the whole surrounding area. When we exited the church building at high noon, it was so dark that I literally could not see my hand in front of my face, but I could feel and even taste the darkness. I could feel the ash falling from the cloud, covering everything and everyone exposed. I could taste the ash as it fell on my lips, and smell the sulphur in it as I breathed it into my nostrils. Pitch darkness that could be literally felt.

Folks, when a thousand or more volcanoes are erupting all over the earth, the entire earth will be plunged into total darkness from such a massive infusion of volcanic ash in the upper atmosphere. And it will go on and on and on. There will be days, weeks, and months, that will pass before those left behind on the earth will even catch a glimpse of the Sun. And in those rare times when they do catch a glimpse of the Sun, they won’t like it, for not being able to see the Sun doesn’t mean that it will be cold…..

Extreme Heat…..When this occurs in the earth, and it will occur, the massive amount of heat from these erupting volcanoes will be unlike anything ever previously imagined by modern man. The 1,000 or more exploding and erupting volcanoes will heat up the atmosphere and the surface temperature of the earth, literally cooking and burning up every shred of vegetation exposed to such heat, not to mention literally burning up men and women, boys and girls, and animals and birds, that cannot or do not find shelter as quickly as possible. Read 2 Peter 3:10, “But the day of Yahovah will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with rushing sound, and the elements shall separate as they burn, and earth and the works in it will be burned up.and believe what it says!

Where would anyone find shelter from such heat? Try the caves and dens and holes of the earth, Isaiah 2:10-22, “Enter into the rock and hide in the dust from fear of Yahovah, and from the glory of His majesty. 11The lofty eyes of the proud man shall be humbled, and the pride of men shall be bowed down; but Yahovah, He alone, will be exalted in that day. 12For the day of Yahovah of Hosts shall be on all the proud and lofty ones, and on all that is lifted up; and it will be abased; 13and against all Lebanon’s cedars, high and lifted up; and against all the oaks of Bashan; 14and against all the high mountains; and against all the lifted up hills; 15and against every tall tower; and against every fortified wall; 16and against all the ships of Tarshish; and on all desirable craft. 17And the pride of man shall be humbled; and the loftiness of men shall be abased; and Yahovah alone will be exalted in that day. 18And the idols shall completely vanish. 19And they shall go into the caves of the rocks, and into the holes of the earth, for dread of Yahovah, and from the glory of His majesty; when He rises up to make the earth quake. 20In that day a man shall throw his silver and his golden idols which they made for him to worship to the hole of the burrower and to bats; 21To go into the crevices of the rocks, and into the clefts of the cliffs, from the dread of Yahovah, and from the glory of His majesty, when He rises up to make the earth quake. 22Cease yourself from man, whose breath is in his nostril; for in what is he to be esteemed?”; Micah 7:17, “They shall lick the dust like a snake; they shall tremble out of their holes like crawlers of the earth; they shall dread Yahovah our Divine One; they shall fear from You.

Further, have I mentioned that such tremendous heat carried into the atmosphere by the force of the exploding volcanoes will literally “dry out” the earth’s atmosphere, so that there will be no rain upon the earth during the first half of the Tribulation period? Not some! None! Compare Revelation 11:3, “And I will give to My two witnesses, and they will prophesy a thousand, two hundred and sixty days, dressed in sackcloth.and 11:6, “These have the authority to shut up the heaven, that no rain may rain in the days of their prophecy. And they have authority over the waters, to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.According to astronomers that I have discussed this with, it is possible that such tremendous heat pushed high into the sky above the earth by the erupting volcanoes, could even wipe out the ozone layer which protects all living things from the direct ultra-violet rays of the Sun. Should this happen, and it is highly likely, the temperature on the surface of the earth could easily rise to three, four, five, or even six or seven hundred degrees during the daylight hours. A person, even stepping out of their cave or hole into such heat would instantly die of heatstroke or burst into flames and burn up. Ridiculous, some readers may say. Then compare the surface temperature on some of the planets in the solar system right today, which do not have an atmosphere and ozone layer to protect them, and while you are at it read Isaiah 30:26, “And the moonlight shall be like the light of the sun. And the sun’s light shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day of binding up, Yahovah binding the break of His people, and healing the wound of His blow. Folks,“God is not mocked,” Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived, Yahovah is not mocked. For whatever a man may sow, that he also will reap.His Word is true, and it will literally come to pass exactly as stated.

This extreme heat is why the prophet Joel was inspired to write that “the beasts” upon the earth will “groan,” and “the herds of cattle” will be perplexed, because “the rivers of waters are dried up.” Read it for yourself in Joel 1:15-20, “Alas for the day! For the day of Yahovah is at hand. And it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. 16Is not the food cut off before our eyes, joy and gladness from the house of our Divine One? 17The seed shrivels under their clods; the storage bins are laid waste, the granaries are broken down, for the grain has dried up. 18How the beasts groan! The herds of livestock are vexed, for there is no pasture for them. Even the flocks of sheep are perishing. 19O Yahovah, to You I will cry, for the fire has burned up the pastures of the wilderness, and has consumed all the trees of the field. 20The beasts of the field also long for You, for the rivers of water are dried up, and the fire has eaten up the pastures of the wilderness.

World Famine…..It should be glaringly obvious to our readers that under such conditions on the earth, there will be NO FOOD produced. None! Rather, the New World Order political leaders will move swiftly to seize all available food supplies and institute world-wide food rationing. Yes, I do mean that jack booted government thugs will literally kick in the doors of private homes in nations all over the earth, and forcibly seize the food supplies right out of the pantries and cabinets of their own citizens. The excuse for such seizure of all food supplies on the earth, of course, will be the same excuse that wicked politicians have always used to justify their wickedness, “for the common good of all.” Sic! Now read Revelation 6:5-6, “And when He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold, a black horse, and the one sitting on it having a balance in his hand. 6And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, A measure of wheat for a denarius, and three measures of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.and once again, believe what you read! This is God’s inspired, inerrant, Word!

Sadly, it is these God hating, Christ rejecting, one-world planners, of the New World Order who have created the problems mankind is facing in the world today, and most of mankind is too scripturally illiterate and “willingly ignorant” to understand what is even happening.

Rising of the Oceans…..Again, it doesn’t take a great deal of intelligence to understand that when all of this occurs, the extreme heat from the erupting volcanoes, will cause all of the ice caps and glaciers on the face of the earth to quickly melt, resulting in a three to four feet, or more, rise in the waters of the oceans. And the rise in the waters will flood vast areas of land along the coastal areas of the earth, which are presently occupied and used by mankind. All presently low lying areas along the coasts will be covered with water. Goodbye Florida! Read Psalm 46. Hello! Are we awake yet?

Wars in every Nation on Earth…..It should be glaringly obvious to our readers that when the masses of people on earth begin to face starvation, that they will go to war to forcibly seize food from other peoples and nations to maintain their lives. Isn’t this exactly what is prophesied to occur under the opening of the second Seal in Revelation 6:3-4? And when He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, Come and see. 4And another horse went out, red. And it was given to the one sitting on it to take peace from the earth, and that they should slay one another. And a great sword was given to Him. Folks, the prospect of starvation transforms normally decent people into little more than wild carnivorous animals, driven out of their minds by their desperate hunger, who will kill and destroy just to obtain the food necessary to maintain life. Have you read the accounts in God’s Word about parents eating their own children in order to survive? No! Then read 2 Kings 6:24-29, “And afterwards it happened that Ben-Hadad the king of Syria gathered all his army and went up and laid siege to Samaria. 25And there was a great famine in Samaria. And behold! They were laying siege to it until the head of a donkey was at eighty silver pieces, and a fourth of a cab of dove’s dung at five silver pieces. 26And it happened, the king of Israel was passing by on the wall. And a woman cried to him, saying, Save, my master, O king. 27And he said, If Yahovah does not save you, from where shall I save you? Out of the threshing floor, or out of the winevat? 28And the king said to her, What ails you? And she said, This woman said to me, Give your son and we will eat him today; and tomorrow we will eat my son. 29And we boiled my son and ate him, and I said to her on the next day, Give your son, that we may eat him. But she hid her son.and Lamentations 2:11-12, “And my eyes are at an end with tears, my inward parts ferment; my liver is poured on the ground for the ruin of the daughter of my people; in the fainting of children and sucklings in the city’s plazas. 12They say to their mothers, Where are grain and wine? In their fainting, they are like the wounded in the plazas of the city, in their pouring out their lives to their mothers’ bosom.and 2:19-20, “Rise up, cry out in the night at the head of the watches; pour out your heart like waters before the face of Yahovah. Lift up your hands to Him for the life of your children faint with hunger at the head of every open place. 20Behold, O Yahovah, and look! To whom have you done this? Should women eat their fruit, children of tender care? Should priest and prophet be killed in the holy place of Yahovah?If the Lord God of Heaven refused to keep His own chosen people from such harsh judgment in order to bring them to repentance for their wickedness, what makes some living today think they will be exempt from such judgment?

Plagues, Pestilences, and Disease

It ought to be obvious to any reader, that with the dead bodies of men, animals, and birds, scattered all over the earth, disease and pestilence will spread like wildfire. But surely the medical authorities will do something about it! Any reader who believes this has to be speaking in jest! All of the present systems of mankind on the earth will totally collapse, and that means the medical system right along with all the rest. There will be no doctors and hospitals to take care of the sick and dying. There will be no health food stores or pharmacies dispensing medicine. In fact, there won’t be much of anything left, for nearly every man-made structure on earth will have been shaken down in the great earthquake right at the beginning of the Tribulation. Folks, this will be the situation unbelieving mankind left on the earth following the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of God’s people [true believers] will find themselves in. But there is more! Let’s add on…..

The Judgment of God Himself

What I have described up to this point “could be” explained by some as “natural disasters.” So let’s just add in the direct intervention of the Lord God as it is set forth in the inspired Scriptures.

In Revelation 6, the Lord Jesus Christ, our Kinsman-Redeemer, begins to open the Seals on the “little book,” taken by Him out of the hand of the Heavenly Father in 5:7. This “little book” is the Title Deed to the earth itself, and the opening of the Seals on the book set forth the conditions required before the earth can be redeemed and revert back to the possession of its rightful owners; MANKIND. So everything which occurs under the opening of these Seals is a judgment of God. The opening of these Seals by the Lord Jesus can then hardly be referred to as “natural disasters” or “the normal course of events.” Rather, they are “the wrath of the Lamb,” 6:16. Those readers who never think of the tender, lowly, loving, Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, as becoming ANGRY over the sin and wickedness of mankind, and their rejection of and refusal to believe on Him, had better think again.

Then following the Seal judgments, will come the Trumpet Judgments, as set forth in Revelation 8. Natural disasters? Yes, they could be called that, except for the fact that God’s Word points out that they are being sent upon mankind from before God’s throne in Heaven, 8:1-5, “And when He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in Heaven for about a half hour. 2And I saw the seven cherubs who stood before Yahovah, and seven trumpets were given to them. 3And another cherub came and stood on the altar, having a golden censer. And many types of incense were given to him that he should give them with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne. 4And the smoke of the incense went up with the prayers of the saints out of the hand of the cherub before Yahovah. 5And the cherub took the censer, and filled it from the fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth; and sounds and thunders and lightnings and earthquakes occurred. Fire falling from the sky, hail and fire, a great comet or asteroid [or a planet?] burning with fire, asteroid showers, the Sun and Moon being smitten, the bottomless pit being opened, releasing the hellacious locusts upon the earth, the vast army from the east marching across the Euphrates to invade Europe and the Middle East, and on and on.

Oh, I haven’t mentioned that earthquakes will continue to rock the earth throughout the entire seven years of the Tribulation. Men on the earth may attempt to rebuild, but the Lord God will “throw down.” By the end of the Tribulation, seven years after its beginning, there will not be a man-made structure standing anywhere on the face of the whole earth. All will be gone!

How do I know this? Because those who have survived will be sleeping in the woods, and trusting the Lord to keep the animals from attacking them. Read it for yourself in Ezekiel 34:22-25, “I also will save My flock, and they shall no longer be for a prey. And I will judge between lamb and lamb. 23And I will raise up over them one Shepherd. And He shall feed them. My servant David, He shall feed them, and He shall be their Shepherd. 24And I, Yahovah, will be their Divine One, and My servant David shall be a ruler among them. I, Yahovah, have spoken. 25And I will cut a covenant of peace with them and make evil beasts cease out of the land. And they shall live in the wilderness securely and sleep in the forests.

Conclusion

In this study, I have set before the readers exactly what the inspired Word prophesies that those unbelievers left behind at the rapture, are going to have to face and deal with on a daily basis. I want to remind our readers that everything in past human history, which was prophesied to occur, came to pass exactly as prophesied. Even so, these prophecies of the coming seven year Tribulation, will also come to pass exactly as prophesied.

Now in view of what is about to come upon the earth, does any presently unbelieving reader [unsaved…still lost in your sin and unbelief] really want to gamble your life and eternal soul on the slim hope that none of what I have described in this study will ever happen? Do you? Really?

Dear reader, if you are not saved from sin, never having received Christ Jesus as your own personal Savior, then hurry [RUSH] to seek the Lord today. Why the hurry? Because time is swiftly running out! The prophecies of God’s Word clearly indicate that the Lord Jesus will return at any minute of any day now to remove His believing people off the face of this earth, Galatians 1:4. When true believers have been removed, then the terrible seven year Tribulation will begin, and I have attempted in this study to faithfully outline what life will be like on earth for those left behind on the earth following the rapture. Take it to heart!

If any reader is unsaved, or if any reader has doubts about their relationship with the Lord, then please, please, read John 3:3-7, 3:16, 3:36, 5:24, 14:6, Acts 4:12, 16:30-31, Romans 10:8-13, Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5-6, and believe what you read, calling upon the Lord in prayer [any way you know how] to help your unbelief. If any reader needs further help, please contact me at once. I will study the Word with you, pray with you, and help you in any way I know how, to find Christ as your own personal Savior, or to receive the assurance that you are indeed a true believer and a born again child of God.

I really do want to meet every reader in glory when our Lord comes for us. This is not simply a cliché with me. It is a genuine burden for the souls of my readers. Please don’t disappoint me!

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Thank you dear brothers and sisters in Christ for your kind responses to my studies, and for your prayers and gifts in support of this ministry. Your kind words of encouragement, and your prayers and gifts are appreciated so much. Thank you!

Please address all comments, questions, and correspondence to: Pastor F. M. Riley, Last Call Gospel Ministry, 184 County Road 108, Harrisburg, Missouri 65256.

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The Fifth Baptism is Ready!

Hello all,

Below is a great Bible study by Pastor F.M. Riley. If you can get past his pre-tribulation rapture theory, you will be blessed by this study.

The Fifth Baptism is Ready!

By Pastor F. M. Riley

May 5, 2015

Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar……..Annas and Caiphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John, the son of Zachariah in the wilderness.

And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.

Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low;

and the crooked places shall be made straight, And the rough ways shall be made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” Luke 3:1-7

John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire,” Luke 3:16.

Introduction

On December 8, 2012, I wrote and sent out a Bible Study entitled “The Five Baptisms.” Many of my readers were surprised at that study, for most had never thought about there even being any baptisms other than water and Holy Spirit baptism. Yet all the time the inspired Word of God has clearly stated that there are five distinct baptisms mentioned in God’s Word.

Let’s pause right here to define the meaning of “baptism,” so our readers will have a clear understanding of the subject we are discussing in this study.

The English word, “baptism,” is translated from the Greek word, “baptizo.” This Greek word literally means “to dip, plunge under, submerge, or immerse.” See Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, page 94, Strong’s No. 907. In Romans 6:4-5, the inspired Apostle Paul refers to baptism as a burial. I couldn’t care less what some denominational preacher or priest says about baptism. There is neither example nor precept found in all of God’s Word for sprinkling or pouring a little water on someone and calling it baptism. If having a little water sprinkled or poured on you, is all the baptism some readers have, then they DO NOT have Scriptural baptism.

Plain “common sense” should tell any reader how unscriptural is the theory of sprinkling and pouring water on someone to “baptize” them. Try this with your deceased loved one. Just take their body to the cemetery, lay their body out on the burial site, and sprinkle or pour a hand full of dirt on them, and go your way. The next time you return to visit their grave site, you will likely find their bones scattered all over the cemetery, where animals have left them after devouring all of the flesh from off the bones. Folks, the word “baptizo” literally means a burial, and no person dealing honestly with the Scriptures can make it mean anything else. PERIOD!

The Five Baptisms

Now, if our readers have carefully read the Scripture text set forth above for this Bible Study, there are four distinct baptisms mentioned in this text alone. Count them for yourself.

[1] The baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, Luke 3:3. Mark, in his gospel, was inspired of God to explicitly say that the baptism of repentance is “the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God,” Mark 1:1-4. Unless one is baptized [immersed] in repentance [Godly sorrow for their sins and lost condition] they cannot even be saved, Acts 20:17-21; 2 Corinthians 7:9-10.

[2] The baptism in water, Luke 3:7; 3:16. This baptism is a public confession by the person being immersed in water, that they are not ashamed to publicly identify themselves with, and profess their faith in, the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for their sins, was buried, and rose again.

[3] The baptism with the Holy Spirit, Luke 3:16. This baptism came upon the Lord’s church on the day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2:1-4. On that day the entire church of the Lord Jesus was immersed in the Holy Spirit as the Holy Spirit “filled all the house where they were sitting,” 2:2. Every true believer who then identifies themselves with a Scripturally true church of the Lord Jesus, then becomes a partaker of that Holy Spirit baptism, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13.

[4] The baptism with Fire, Luke 3:16. Yes, there were “cloven tongues of fire” which sat upon every member of the Lord’s church on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:3, however, this is not the baptism with fire that John was speaking about. The “baptism with fire” means literal, real, genuine, FIRE, and this baptism has not yet occurred. This baptism with fire will occur in the future Tribulation period, when millions of people on the earth will literally be immersed in fire. Carefully study Isaiah 24, the entire chapter, especially taking note of 24:4-6.

These are the four baptisms clearly mentioned in the Scripture text chosen for this Bible study. But there is one more baptism mentioned in God’s Word, which is not mentioned in this text…..

Our readers should remember that the mother of John and James came to the Lord Jesus on one occasion, asking Him to allow her two sons to sit on each side of His throne when He establishes His kingdom, Matthew 20:20-23; Mark 10:35-40. In the course of their conversation, the Lord asked John and James if they were able to be baptized with the baptism that He was going to be baptized with? They confidently replied that they were able. The Lord assured them that they would indeed experience that same baptism, and they later did! What baptism was this?

[5] The baptism of blood! Folks, when Christ was crucified, He was so abused, both before and after He was nailed to the cross, that His body was literally immersed in His own blood. And yes, both John and James were later martyred and did indeed suffer this same baptism. And not only them, but millions of other Christians during the past two thousand years of this dispensation have likewise experienced “the baptism of blood,” as they have lain down their lives as martyrs for the Lord Jesus Christ. There are some true believers suffering this “baptism of blood” even today in various countries around the world. Oh, how we ought to be earnestly praying for our suffering brothers and sisters in Christ every single day. What is now happening to them in other countries, could easily begin to happen right here in America at any time. Are our readers ready to experience “the baptism of blood” if the Lord should call upon us to do so? How strong is your faith, and how much do you really love the Lord? Think and pray about it!

Four of these Five Baptisms have “come to pass”

It is, or should be, glaringly obvious that every true believer throughout this present dispensation of grace has been baptized with [1] “the baptism of repentance.” Likewise, most true believers have followed their Lord in receiving [2] “the baptism of water.” Certainly those true believers who have identified themselves with a true, Bible believing, church of the Lord Jesus Christ have become partakers of [3] “the baptism of the Holy Spirit.” Millions of true believers during this present dispensation have sealed their testimony for Christ with their own blood as they became martyrs for Christ, thereby experiencing [4] “the baptism of blood.”

Dear readers, that leaves only one baptism yet unfulfilled, [5]…..

The Baptism of Fire”

Over and over again in the prophecies of the Old Testament, the future seven year Tribulation period is described as a time of “fiery judgment” as our offended and angry God pours out His wrath upon the unbelieving, rebellious, Christ rejecting, God hating, world. Where is this FIRE coming from? It will be coming from both the heavens above the earth, and from beneath the surface of the earth.

[1] The prophetic Scriptures clearly state that real, literal, FIRE, will fall upon mankind from out of the heavens above the earth, Revelation 6:12-17; 8:1-13.

[2] The prophecies also indicate that the earth itself will experience massive cataclysmic upheavals and FIRE will come up from the depths of the earth, Isaiah 13:6-12; Joel 2:30; Acts 2:19; Revelation 9:1-2; 14:9-11.

In Isaiah 24:1-6 it is explicitly stated that because mankind on the earth has transgressed God’s Law, changed God’s ordinance, and broken God’s everlasting covenant with mankind, “therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.”

The prophet Malachi was inspired of God to speak of this in Malachi 4:1-3, “For, behold, the day cometh that shall burn as an oven, and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

But unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.”

Even as I write today, there are volcanoes erupting in various places around the whole earth. And again today, as it has been for nearly all of this past year, there will be one or more major earthquakes occurring. Folks, 2 + 2 still equal 4. The earthquakes cause volcanoes to go into eruption. The erupting volcanoes bring fire, and also heat up the atmospheric temperature of the earth. When gigantic earthquakes start occurring, and they will occur, hundreds or even thousands of volcanoes will go into eruption all over the earth. The Hebrew word translated as “pillars” in Joel 2:30 literally means “standing upright columns of smoke.” Look it up in your own Concordance or Lexicon. These columns of smoke will be seen all over the earth, as more and more volcanoes erupt. With the increase in erupting volcanoes, the heat on the earth will become unbearable, so much so that people left on the earth at that time will flee into the caves and dens of the earth to escape and survive the extreme heat. Read Isaiah 2:19-22.

Yes, dear readers, we are speaking of the time when all mankind left on the earth following the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, will literally be immersed in fire. Millions of unbelieving, Christ rejecting, people will be burned alive in this “baptism of fire.”

However, the believing “remnant” of Israel will survive, for the Lord God has preordained that they will be protected from the effects of the fire.

John the Baptist was preaching directly to the masses of Israel in Luke 3:16-17. Because of their unbelief and rejection of their promised Messiah, John then told them directly that the Lord would “baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire, Luke 3:16.

Keep in mind that the Lord’s Church on Pentecost in Acts 2 was composed of 120 Jewish believers, and they were all immersed in the Holy Spirit, 2:1-3. Likewise, the “remnant” of Israel during the coming Tribulation will be immersed in FIRE. However, the Jewish “remnant” will not be harmed by the fire, but all wicked, incorrigible, unbelievers will be burned up as “chaff,” Luke 3:17. See also Zechariah 13:8-9.

The Miracle of Israel’s Preservation

Yes, a notable miracle is going to take place during the coming Tribulation, which will serve as a “witness” to all mankind on the earth at that time. Just as the Lord God made a difference between Israel and the Egyptians as He delivered ancient Israel from Egypt, so once more the Lord God is going to make a difference between the believing “remnant” of Israel and the unbelieving lost world around them. The fires that will come upon the earth during the Tribulation, burning to ashes millions of incorrigible, unbelieving, Christ rejecters, will not have any destructive effect on the repentant, believing Jewish “remnant.” Impossible, some reader may say! How do I know this to be so? Because the inspired Word explicitly says so!

But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art Mine.

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned: neither shall the flame kindle upon thee,” Isaiah 43:1-2. Oh, glory to God! Praise the Lord!

Read this entire 43rd chapter of Isaiah. Could this be stated any plainer? The Lord God is going to reveal His love for Israel in a mighty miracle of saving GRACE during the coming Tribulation. The same fire that will destroy millions of God hating, Christ rejecting, incorrigible, unbelievers, will merely cleanse the dross off of the repentant, believing Jewish “remnant.” Glory to the God of Israel; to my Father and my God! Is He your Father and your God? Think about it!

Remember…..

Over and over again in the Old Testament, the serious student of the Scriptures is told to “remember the former things of old.” The Lord God has a special lesson for us in those things that He calls upon us to “remember.” So…..

How many of our readers remember the account of the three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace as set forth in Daniel 3? “3” is the Bible number signifying “resurrection.”

Who was ruling over Israel and the Jewish people at that time? Babylon? Who is prophesied to be ruling over the whole world during the coming Tribulation period? The anti-christ will be ruling from Babylon, Revelation 17 – 18.

Why were the three Hebrew children thrown into the fiery furnace? Because they refused to bow down and worship Nebuchadnezzar’s image. Isn’t there going to be an image erected to the anti-christ during the coming Tribulation? Of course there is! Revelation 13. Will the Jewish “remnant” bow down and worship it? Absolutely not!

Did the Lord God Himself walk with the three Hebrew children in the furnace of fire? He sure did! Did the fire then kindle upon the three Hebrew children? It did not! It did nothing more than burn off their bonds and set them free. Will the “baptism of fire” kindle upon the repentant, believing, Jewish “remnant” during the coming Tribulation? It will not! Rather, it will burn away their bonds of unbelief, and set them free “in Christ” for time and eternity. Glory to God! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! Thank you Lord Jesus!

Sorting out the Baptisms…..

Dear readers, each of these five baptisms are assigned a particular place to occur in God’s great Plan of the Ages. This is called “rightly dividing the Word of truth,” 2 Timothy 2:15.

Mark was inspired of God to explicitly state that [1] “the baptism of repentance” is “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God,” Mark 1:1-4. Under the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, as the word of God is preached in truth, men and women, are made aware that they are lost sinners, and in Godly sorrow for their sins, they come to Christ Jesus for salvation, John 16:7-15. Thus “the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins” is experienced in the life of every true believer, Mark 1:4.

John the Baptist came [2] “baptizing with water,” Luke 3:16. Water baptism was to continue throughout this dispensation of grace, as a “mark” or “sign” or public confession of one’s having placed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as their own personal Savior. Christ Jesus clearly stated that if one was ashamed to confess Him before men, He would not confess them before the Father in Heaven, Matthew 10:32-33. No, baptism in water is not the means of salvation, but it is a public confession of one’s faith in Christ, which faith does save the soul, Ephesians 2:8-10. After I was saved at eleven years of age, I immediately confessed my faith publicly by following my Lord in water baptism.

As I united with a Scriptural, Bible believing, Bible preaching, church of the Lord Jesus Christ, following my salvation and baptism in water, I became a partaker of [3]“the baptism of the Holy Spirit” with which the Lord’s church was baptized in Acts 2.

Most believers living today have never had to experience [4] “the baptism of blood,” yet we are very much aware that some of our brothers and sisters in Christ in other countries are experiencing that baptism today, and that the possibility of being called upon to experience it right here in America is very real. If we should be called upon to experience this baptism today, would our hearts, minds, and souls be ready? Think about it, and pray for yourself and your fellow believer.

Since all four of these baptisms are, or have been, in operation in this present dispensation, this leaves only one baptism which has not yet come into effect. But dear readers, [5]…..

The Baptism of Fire” is now Ready to Begin

Whether some readers will like it or not, or want to believe it or not, mankind on the earth is right now staring the beginning of the seven year Tribulation period in the face. Every “sign” in the inspired prophecies of God’s Word, which was predicted to precede and warn of the coming Tribulation period, has come to pass, or is coming to pass with every passing day. Read again in Matthew 24:4-8, what the Lord Himself had to say about world conditions which would immediately precede the Tribulation period. Folks, they are here! They are being fulfilled daily right before our eyes, in our cities and streets, and are being reported on daily by the world news media. They are not coming! They are here! Stop playing silly little “religious” games, and wake up to reality!

Conclusion

Dear readers, I am not making a claim to knowing the exact “date” that the Lord is coming, but I do claim to know that the Lord’s coming is very near. God’s people [true believers] are supposed to know “the times and the seasons,” 1 Thessalonians 5:1-4. If any reader claims to be a true believer, and is not aware of where mankind is at in relation to God’s great Plan of the Ages, maybe it is because they are not serious about STUDYING and BELIEVING the Word of God.

Dear believers, VERY SOON NOW your lost loved ones, friends, neighbors, and even casual acquaintances, are suddenly going to find themselves in “the baptism of fire.” How many of them will be saved? Only those who truly seek the Lord during the terrible Tribulation period, Joel 2:30-32. Yes, some will be saved during that time. But do you have any guarantee that it will be one of those lost loved ones, friends, or neighbors, that you love and care for so much? If YOU do not “witness” to them about the Lord NOW, then what real hope do you have of ever meeting them again in glory?

Dear unsaved friend, why have you “put off” settling the question of where you are going to spend eternity? Death IS NOT, and will not be the end of your existence. In spite of what the “willingly ignorant” evolutionists tell you, life continues right on after the death of one’s physical body. And God’s Word makes it explicitly clear that there are only two places for the eternal soul of men and women to go after the death of the physical body. True believers will pass into Heaven above, but lost unbelievers will pass into the fires of eternal damnation and torment, Revelation 20:15. I am not writing this to condemn you, but rather I write because I care about your eternal soul. I have no desire to see anyone spend eternity in Hell or the Lake of Fire. Please, please, seek the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, right now while you still have time and opportunity to do so. Read John 3:3-7, 3:16, 3:36, 5:24, 14:6, Acts 4:12, 16:30-31, Romans 10:8-13, and Ephesians 2:8-10. I would like to meet YOU in Heaven when the Lord comes to resurrect and rapture His people to glory. Please don’t disappoint me.

Any reader needing spiritual help, please feel free to contact me. I will study the Word with you, pray with you, and help you in any way I can, to find salvation and peace in Jesus Christ, or to find assurance of your salvation. God bless you all.

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Permission is granted to any true believer, or Bible believing Christian ministry, to reproduce this study to share with others, or to quote from it in context as written.

Thank you beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, for being so dear to me over these many years. By the way, it was 61 years ago this month of May, that I surrendered my life to the Lord’s ministry. Many have been my blessings over these past 61 years, and yes, many have been my trials and sorrows, yet I would not trade places with any person on this earth. It is almost time for me to lay down my cross and take up my crown. Glory to the Lord Jesus Christ, to my Heavenly Father, and to the blessed Holy Spirit. Pray for me.

Please address all comments, questions, and correspondence to: Pastor F. M. Riley, Last Call Gospel Ministry, 184 County Road 108, Harrisburg, Missouri 65256, or I can be contacted by email at: fmr7sngn@centurylink.com

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O America, Prepare to Meet Your Divine One

O America, Prepare to Meet Your Divine One

Amos 4:1-13, “Listen to this saying, you cows [wives] of Bashan [your State’s name here] living on the hill of Samaria [Amerika], exploiting the weak and ill-treating the poor, saying to your husbands, ‘Bring us something to drink!’ 2Sovereign Yahovah has sworn by his holiness: Look, the days will soon be on you when he will use hooks to drag you away and fish-hooks for the very last of you; 3through the breaches in the wall you will leave, each one straight ahead, and be herded away towards Hermon [FEMA death camps] -declares Yahovah. 4Go to Bethel [Washington D.C.], and sin, to Gilgal [San Francisco], and sin even harder! Bring your sacrifices each morning, your tithes every third day [Oops, cancel the tithe, the Law’s been done away with!!], 5burn your thank-offering of leaven and widely publicize your free-will offerings, for this, children of Israel, is what makes you happy -declares Sovereign Yahweh. 6I even gave you clean teeth [famine] in all your towns and a shortage of food in all your villages and still you would not come back to me [Where’s the repentance Americans?!?] -declares Yahovah. 7I even withheld the rain from you full three months before harvest-time [drought]; I caused rain to fall in one town and caused no rain to fall in another; one field was rained on and the next for want of rain dried up [can you relate Californians?]; 8two towns, three towns went tottering to one town for water to drink but went unsatisfied, and still you would not come back to me [Where’s the repentance Americans?] -declares Yahovah. 9I struck you with blight and mildew [plagues], I dried up your gardens and vineyards [drought]; the locust devoured your fig trees and olive trees [pestilence] and still you would not come back to me [Where’s the repentance Americans?] -declares Yahovah. 10I sent plague on you like Egypt’s plague, I slaughtered your young men with the sword [war upon war] and at the same time your horses were captured; I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camps and still you would not come back to me [Where’s the repentance Americans?] -declares Yahovah. 11I overturned you as Yahovah overturned Sodom and Gomorrah [homosexuality was their final straw that broke them]; you were like a brand snatched from the blaze and still you would not come back to me [Where’s the repentance Americans?] -declares Yahovah. 12So this, Israel [America], is what I plan to do to you. Because I am going to do this to you, Israel [America], prepare to meet your Divine One! 13For look, he it is who forges the mountains, creates the wind, who reveals his mind to humankind, changes the dawn into darkness and strides on the heights of the world: Yahovah, Divine One of Sabaoth [the heavenly host], is his name.”

Americans, the clock continues to tick away. It’s about to strike midnight for America. I plead with you today to repent of all your sin and turn your heart back to Yahovah, our loving Creator. Ask Yeshua Messiah to forgive you and save you today, right now!! Time is shorter and shorter by the second. We are facing eternal judgment from Almighty Yahovah. Forget asking Yahovah to bless America. He cannot, until we repent of ALL of our sins, and our list of sins could fill a book today. Abortion, murder, rape, homosexuality, violence, pride, arrogance, defiance, rebellion, greed, ad nauseam. Until we repent, all we have to look forward to in this nation is Yahovah’s judgment. Americans, prepare to meet your Maker!!

Gene Benjamin II

May 6, 2015 AD