PROPHECY HEADLINES: Russia to ‘retaliate’ against NATO moves | India to raise 90,000-strong army to combat China border violations | Israel says it is ready to take down Syrian planes | UN says Uran has sharply cut uranium stockpile | California drought to affect all of America
PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: “Christians Will be Saved from the Wrath (Part 1)” from Dr. Tim LaHaye
Not only will “the year of the Lord’s favor,” or the church age, come to a distinct end, to be followed by the “day of God’s wrath” (the unfulfilled period of seven years), but God has given His church ample evidence in Scripture that it will not go through the Tribulation. The reason is not that Christians deserve to be spared from it, since we don’t deserve any of the blessings that God has bestowed upon us. The true reason is that the Tribulation period is not for the church. Instead, it is for Israel to fulfill prophecy, and for the non-Christian Gentiles to be judged is they refuse to repent. Anyone who fails to distinguish between the church, Israel, and the Gentile world will have a difficult time understanding most of Bible prophecy. Paul clearly identifies these three major people groups as distinct entities in 1 Corinthians 10:32, where he writes, “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God.”
The church is made up of both Jews and Gentiles who have spiritually experienced the “born-again” relationship with Him by faith, They have entered into God’s kingdom spiritually by faith, and they await the day when they will enter His physical kingdom at Christ’s second coming. Those who are in the church are not appointed to wrath (or the period of wrath), which is intended for unbelieving Jews and Gentiles.
OCCUPY TILL I COME: Serving God in the Last Days — 1 Peter 4 (Part 16) from David Guzik’s Commentary on the Bible
MUSICAL SELECTION: “Jesus is Coming Back” by the Mighty Clouds of Joy