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Although there are many obvious references to the Rapture in the New Testament, are there any significant verses referring to it in the Old Testament?

Joey Diantoniis

RVI: Joey, that’s a great question. I'm glad you addressed that to my husband because I don't know. Are there any references to the Rapture in the Old Testament, Jack?

JVI: No, but there are experiences that depict the Rapture. For instance, in Genesis 5:24, Enoch walked with God and he was not because God took him, took him up without dying. That's the Rapture. Then in 2 Kings 2:11, it says Elijah was caught up by a whirlwind into heaven. He went without dying. Now, “Rapture” means to be caught up. So there is no doubt about it. Jesus spoke of it in John 14:2, where he said, “if I go away, I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am, there you may be also”. He also spoke of it in John 11, verses 25 and 26. But here is why it's not mentioned until the apostle Paul. I Corinthians 15:51-54 Paul says, “I show you a mystery”. Now, that's not a murder mystery. “Mystery” in the New Testament means something that has never been revealed until that point in time. So Paul says, I'm going to show you what the Rapture is. Let me quote Paul. “Behold, I show you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, [be dead], but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the last trump for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we the living shall be changed. And then shall this corruptible, [the dead], put on incorruption and the living put on immortality”. No doubt about it, the Rapture is the snatching away of the dead and the living. In the twinkling of an eye and it's going to happen soon.

Now, next week I'm going to really bring you something shocking. I'm putting it on the screen right now, tell others about it. “Is the Rapture in 2 Thessalonians 2:3?” I have studied many, many Bibles and I'm going to show you that all the Bibles of the past use 2 Thessalonians 2:3 as a departure, the Rapture, until King James and of those apparently, someone on that committee of 40 didn't want the word Rapture in there. Hear about it next week. Tell others.

Will there be a spectacular news release on August 15th?
Fox News

Daniel McGiveron is leading a group of 10 explorers to the highest mountain in turkey, 17820 feet, because of the heat wave that inundated Europe. It melted the ice and they believe they can see the top of Noah's ark and they will be going up there July 15th-August 15th and then they will show the pictures. Two years ago, the CIA with special cameras took pictures through the ice. It is 45 feet high or 4 ½ stories, 75 feet wide and 450 feet long. They believe they are going to show it and that would prove the story of genesis 6, 7. Jesus backed it in Matthew 24:37. Peter backed it in II Peter 2:5 and the Word of God will be proven to be true.

It is going to be a great day. I hope we can announce it on August 15th.

Iraq: how did it come to this?

Time Magazine
May 17, 2004

RVI: A very good question – of course, this is the cover, how did it come to this? The article goes on to say “This is a horror picture show: a smirking female soldier has done the U.S. war effort more damage than their enemies” [Margaret Wente]. Our President responds, what a burden he has, “It's a stain on our country's honor and on our country's reputation”, and he's getting to the bottom of it. And there are “7 reservists linked to this scandal”. One man had courage – “A man of conscience: Joseph Darby”, he came forth with the scandal and exposed the whole rotten thing. “Get to the root of the scandal”, an article by Cal Thomas, a great journalist, and he says, “Military switch to coed basic training fosters a breakdown” [Tribune Media Service, Chicago]. You know, we do need to get to the bottom of this and I believe our president is truly trying hard to do that.

JVI: I've been reading a lot of articles, Rexella, that say this coed basic training is a dirty secret that's been released because it's nothing but a whorehouse. Forgive me for the language, but that's what they're saying. And it was David Bishell, a national guardsman, who just reported to the “New York Times” that what he saw over there was atrocious: alcoholism, drugs, sex galore, perversion…

You see, that's this society that's come up without any rules. They've taken the Bible out of the schools and prayer and all the rest, got rid of the Commandments and we're paying for it now with some of these young people. Thank God for the military who are taking and spending their lives for us. Some aren't. Do you know when President Bush, got on that ship, the USS Abraham Lincoln and said we’ve had victory, that there were 120 female soldiers on that ship or navy people, and 60 of them came home pregnant.

Patriotism? Serving their country? God forgive us! Galatians 6, verses 7 and 8, “Be not deceived. God is not mocked. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. He that soweth to the flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption. He that soweth to the spirit shall of the spirit reap everlasting life. About face for Jesus Christ, America, Romans 12:2.

Would you please comment on “The Rapture Racket” by Barbara R. Rossing?

Shirley Swinehart

RVI: Now this is a book that Barbara has written, and in a review in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Clay Evans writes this: “Author says Rapture is a racket, distortion of the Bible”. Of course, she is responding to the wonderful “Left Behind” series by Dr. Tim LaHaye. They've sold 51 million copies of “Left Behind”, and she wants everybody to think that this is a racket. In her book, this Lutheran Minister says “The Rapture is a racket. The system was born of a young Scottish girl's vision in 1830, and was later flushed out by a 19th Century British preacher, John Darby. Darby conjured up the idea based on scripture texts that indicate no such thing but are scriptural contortions.” In other words, she's saying that they've misinterpreted or made it sound just like they wanted it to sound. She says the system of the Rapture was born of a young Scottish girl's vision in 1830. 1830, does it start there Jack?

JVI: That is so much baloney and this woman if she is a scholar, doesn't know much about the Holy Word of God or history which I am going to prove right now. I get so tired of these people all saying that this rapture theory started in 1830 with john Darby and a retarded girl. Come on now.

Let's see what the book really does say. Is there really going to be a rapture? Listen to Jesus in John 14:1-3. “Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions. If it were not so I would not have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself”. That is the Rapture. When He says “come up hither”, in Revelation 4:1. But you can't find the word “rapture” in the Bible? Ah, but I can in the Catholic Bible. In the Latin Vulgate by Jerome who when he got to I Thessalonians 4:17 talks about the dead in Christ rising first and then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up with the dead to meet the Lord in the air. And there he used the word “rapiamore” – which is “raptured”. Thank God for that! Rexella, the Roman Catholic Church and this is in the book, the trial, the tribulation and the triumph of one of the great catholic scholar’s said. “Why shouldn't we preach prophecy? Why shouldn’t it be important, since it is important in Catholic Scripture and tradition, and in the Catholic Magisterium, the authority of teaching in the Roman Catholic Church? Thank you, Jerome.

Let's go on. In I Corinthians 15:51, Paul says, “Behold I show you a mystery”. A mystery is something that has not been revealed until this point in time so you cannot find the Rapture in the Old Testament or in most of the Gospels, but you can find it here. And then he describes it, “we shall not all sleep [or be dead]”, but we shall all [dead and living] be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the last trump. For the trumpet shall sound and the dead will be raised incorruptible and we the living shall be changed.” It is that simple. He's going to change our vile bodies that they be fashioned like his glorious body. Philippians 3:21. That's why we are to be looking for that blessed hope, the Rapture and the Glorious Appearing, His revelation when He comes to earth.

Now, let's get to the main point, Barbara Rossing. Because of your constant mentioning of the Rapture theory only beginning in 1830, if you promote that in that book throughout and you certainly look like you are going to and have, then you have the biggest racket in your book, not the rapture racket. Why? Did it really begin only in 1830. Now I'm not going to be using AD because that would become monotonous, but let me give you what history teaches.

    In 150, the Rapture idea was preached by the Shepherd of Hermas.
    In 270 Victorinus, the Bishop of Pettau, a Catholic leader preached it.
    In 350 Ephraim the Syrian
    In 400, Jerome in the Latin vulgate

Then there were the thousand years called the “dark ages”, and then it came back.

    In 1304, Reverend Dolcino proclaimed the Pre-trib Rapture.
    In 1400 Bible translations in the native tongues led to a new propagation of the Pre-trib Rapture.
    In 1627, Joseph Mede
    1627 Increase Mather
    1687, Peter Jurieu
    1700 John Asgill
    1738, Philip Doddridge

1748 John Gill

    1763, James McKnight
    1744, Morgan Edwards
    1792, Thomas Scott

And then in 1830, John Darby.

Do you see how many preceded him from the year 150 onward? What you’re telling the people, is not the truth. I beg of you, if you are really a scholar, search out what history teaches. I’ve got 90 thousand hours of study in this book. You are wrong, scripturally and historically.

I know that the Bible says Israel will be attacked by Russia. Will it be before or after the Rapture?

John Harris
Warren, Michigan

In II Thessalonians 2:7, the Church is Raptured. In verse 8, it goes on to say, then after that Rapture shall that wicked one, the Antichrist, the World Dictator, be revealed. He comes out or the European Union, Daniel 9:26, he confirms the covenant of peace for 7 years, Daniel 9:27. But it's not going to work. Why – because the Jew is so hated even today. And so it's called the covenant of death and hell in Isaiah 28:15. You see, the whole world is going to come against Israel. They just had a conference headed up by Colin Powell in Germany because 55 nations attended wanting to stop the hatred in all their countries against the Jew. That's what it's going to be about.

Presently the United States and the European Union are both trying to create peace in the Middle East, and they will, but it will only last for 42 months, Daniel 9:27, and “when the world is saying peace and safety, then sudden destruction”, I Thessalonians 5:3 and the culprit is Russia who makes a move against those who are at rest, at peace, Ezekiel 38:11 – Russia coming against Israel.

Now, the Cold War is over, I didn't think we would have trouble with Russia anymore. Wait a minute. It was September 26, 1983, General Petroff was watching the nuclear facilities. The alarm came on, it looked like America had released a missile. He was about to release all their missiles against the United States of America. It would have devastated our nation. But he thought no, America wouldn't do this at this time. And so he went against it. Thank God for General Petroff, but Russia will move in the future.

Those who read the Bible literally, such as Tim LaHaye and Baxter agree that the end is imminent.

Kathy Lynn Grossman

USA Today

RVI: Jack, everybody is asking, “Is this is so, is this so?” Well, what do you have to say? Let me just go into this first, before you answer that. Paul Maier, he takes a very critical look at the end of the world scenario in the Left Behind series. And “Prophecy feeds fires debate – end-of-world books have an eternal appeal”. And “Different visions on how it all will end.” Well, you know, I just have to say that world “end”, Jack doesn't believe the world’s going to end. Neither does Tim Lahaye and all these other men.

JVI: Oh, Rexella, I know Dr. Tim Lahaye, Dr. Hal Lindsay, Dr. Dwight Pentecost, Dr. Walvoord, and Dr. Grant Jeffrey. None of us believe that the world will end for at least another thousand years. Christ is coming as the King of kings and Lord of lords, Revelation 19:16, to rule and reign for one thousand years, Revelation 20:4. It is the amillennialist crowd who says there’ll be no millennium who’s preaching that it’s the end and that the end will come. Not these men, you’ve misunderstood them.

Well, doesn't the Bible speak about the end of the world? Yes, Matthew 13:39, 40,49, Matthew 24:3, Matthew 28:20 and Hebrews 9:26, but any Greek Orthodox teacher in their catechism will tell you that is not the end of the world. It is the end of the age of grace before we go into Christ's reign on earth. This world even after a thousand years is never going to end. “The earth abides forever”, Ecclesiastes 1:4. “Yahweh God created the earth, it shall never, never, never be removed”, Psalm 104:5. Jesus said, “The meek shall inherit the earth”, Matthew 5:5. For how long? “the meek inherit the earth forever and forever”, .Psalm 37:29 when Christ sets up his government on earth, “of the increase of his government, there shall be no end”, Isaiah 9:7, and when he sits on David's throne in Luke 1:32, He rules over the house of Jacob, Israel forever and forever and of his kingdom “there shall be no end”. That settles it.

Will Russia join the European Union? From my understanding, the Beast (or the Antichrist) will come from this country – come from Russia.”

Kenny Kimble

RVI: Okay Kenny, let's see what's happening in the European Union. First of all, from the EU Observer EU Calls for Middle East Quartet to Convene“; they are asking Russia to come and help them in that quartet. Then, from Jane's Intelligence Review Reconstructing the Russian Army” They want them there because of their tremendous military power, and the money they have. And then from USA Today Israelis wonder whether anything can bring peace” They are looking anywhere they can. And then this from an article by Richard Bernstein The European Union can be greater force for peace in the Middle East“. And finally, from the EU ObserverBrussels looks at funding alternative peace plan“.

Let's go back to the original question, will the Antichrist come from Russia, and will Russia join the European Union?

JVI: The antichrist will not come out of Russia. It is Gog of Magog, who leads the soviet forces during Armageddon, Revelation 16:16, the antichrist will come out of the European union, for he is of the people that destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD and that was the Romans under Vespatian and Titus, so it's the Revived Roman Empire, the European Union out of which he comes. He makes the 7-year contract, Daniel 9:27, and then Russia, after 42 months, marches against Israel, Ezekiel 38:11, and breaks the contract.

Where was God on 9-11?

RVI: Dr. Billy Graham's daughter said, “The same place America put Him – out of existence.” You know we've taken Him out of our schools, (prayers), we're trying to take Him out of our Pledge of Allegiance.

JVI: We’re going to pay the price because Psalm 9:17 says “The wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations who forget God.” It doesn't take a brilliant man to say there is no God when there is so much evidence in the heavens. Psalm 19:1-3. So Psalm 14:1 and 53:1 says, “the fool hath said in his heart there is no God”. And you know why they say it? Because “there is no fear of God before their eyes”, Romans 3:18, but they will meet that God one day. His name is Jesus. Philippians 2:10 says that “…at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow of things in heaven and things in earth and things under the earth, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord – is God – to the glory of His Father.”

What is your opinion concerning the TV special “Jesus and Paul”?

RVI: I think I could just come right out of this and say, Jack, did Jesus really know who He was when he came?

JVI: He really did, Rexella. This was all planned from eternity past, “Christ is the lamb slain from the foundation of the world”, Revelation 13:8. “He was foreordained before the foundation of the world”, I Peter 1:20. He was the Second Member of the Trinity from all eternity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit planned His coming. He knew who He was.

Now, when I saw this advertised, I immediately turned it on and when I saw that the “Jesus Seminar” crowd would be the experts to explain it all, I immediately turned it off because I knew that these apostates would do everything they could to rob the Lord Jesus Christ of His Deity and if there is anything my Lord is, He's God. He's God in the flesh. I Timothy 3:16 says “Great is the mystery of God, God was manifest in the flesh“. “Looking for the glorious appearing of the great God our Savior, Jesus Christ“, Titus 2:13. “We believed in Jesus, this is the true God in eternal life“, I John 5:20. But I knew that these apostates would deny Jesus, II Peter 2:1,2 because it's the last sign before our Savior comes, II Thessalonians 2:3

Is killing terror leaders wrong?

The Detroit Free Press

RVI: A very, very good question found there. Let's see what is again happening: “Suicide attacks push limits when the bombers are kids” – [Michael Matza – Knight Ridder newspapers]. We were all shocked at what happened there. “Palestinian youth believe that if killed fighting for Islam, they will go to heaven and delight in the company of beautiful virgins” – [World Magazine]. And here you see Hussam Abdu, a 16-year-old boy who had that bomb strapped to his body and he gave up. He did not want to die. Well, “The U.S. blocks U.N. Security Council rebuke of Israel. [USA Today, Bill Nichols & Barbara Slavin]. Jack, you know, i am absolutely shocked that they're using children to commit suicide in order to promote their terrorism.

JVI: A sheik, Ahmed Yassin, trained these children and they put him to death and everyone is complaining now. Wait a minute! Don't you believe the Bible? The Bible says in the Noahic Covenant, “Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by him shall man's blood be shed”, Genesis 9:5,6. Under the Mosiac Covenant, Exodus 20 verse 13, “Thou shall not kill”. The Hebrew there is murder. Turn the page. “He that smites a man so that he dies shall be put to death“, Leviticus 24:17.

This man was training these little children to put bombs in their body and this kid says, “They gave me $25 and told me I'd have 72 virgins”. What would a 16-year-old do with them? He probably wouldn't know what to do. How sad. Yet this man who was killed was behind all of this. What did you say, Jesus? In Mark 9:42, “Whosoever shall offend one of these little children that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged around his neck and he were cast into the sea.”

Now, that sounds like capital punishment to me. You drop a guy into the sea and he's gone. And the policemen and military men are ministers of God and they bear not the sword in vain, Romans 13:14. That's not for peeling potatoes. I say murderers should be put to death. Even some of these juveniles who are killing everyone around this country.

I am Catholic and wonder if those who commit suicide have a chance to enter into heaven?

Bob Schultz
Bloomfield Hills, MI

RVI: Bob, we'll answer that in just a moment. But take a look at what is happening with suicide. First of all, from The Associated PressArmy seeks answers to GI suicides.” And from Gannet News Services: “Fears grow over the number of police suicides.” How about colleges? This from USA TodayColleges throw lifeline to students.” Their goal is to halt suicide and spot depression. And how about high school – teen suicides – schools struggle to know just how much to say. Suicide is a very great problem, Jack.

JVI: Bob and marge Schultz have been friends for years and years, and Bob got away from the church and Marge would say, “Please pray for Bob”. Well we prayed and it took years but one day he called and said, “I just watched your video and prayed the prayer”, and this man has become spiritually empowered and he's a changed man. He’s always in the church and for that we praise the Lord. His question was about suicide. Yes, according to Hebrews 11:32 – Samson who is one of the heroes of the faith and committed suicide was with the lord. But if you want to know where the Catholic Church stands, read point 2283 in the Catechism and you will see that God has a special place, a remedy for those he loves and who commit suicide.

RVI: Jack, I have known people who have committed suicide – people that I respected and even Christians and certainly God has the answer for all of our depressions and problems.

JVI: He really does, Rexella. He is such a tender, loving savior. Listen to Jesus in John 14:1, “Let not your heart be troubled”, then down to verse 27, Jesus said, “peace, I leave with you. My peace I give unto you – not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid.”. You know how you can have peace? Psalm 119:165. “They that love thy word have peace.” It is because we are not in the Book daily. This is our strength and then prayer – Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious about nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication let your requests be known unto God and the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your heart and mind.” You don't have to carry these burdens. Listen again to Jesus in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me all you that labor and are heavy laden with the burdens of life. When you come I will give you rest.” Give the Lord a chance, today. Get into the book and on your knees in prayer.

How can anyone claim that a believer can lose his salvation?

Renee Snider

RVI: All right Renee, let's take a look at some of the things happening here. First of all from an article in World Magazine: “I see in the United States all the huge facilities, parking lots, materials and resources you have, and I don't see a revival in the church.” This comes from Billy Kim who has a 15,000 member Baptist Church in Korea. And “The B'Jazz Vespers salutes Benny Goodman.” This was in one of the Baptist Churches here in the United States. They had a very short sermon, but they had good entertainment.

JVI: That's what's wrong with our churches.

RVI: Yes, and here is a quote from John MacArthur in The Baptist Press: The Gospel message must include truth about sin and not seeker-sensitive strategies” He goes on to say that we need to be speaking out in our churches. And this quote by Ken Woodward of Newsweek: Mega-churches party-like atmosphere takes the holiness and spirituality out of Sunday services, it tends to be a guilt-free, sin-free environment.” And here is a quote from Dr. Charles Swindol: “Our churches are filled with people who could win Bible contests, unfortunately, too few of them understand the difference between knowing about God and knowing God.” I want to confess something friends, I was a church member before I knew God. That can happen Jack, in the church.

JVI: Definitely, Rexella. “They profess that they know God but in works they deny HimTitus 1:16. But Rexella, I am tired of these churches and ministers who are spineless. They don’t have enough backbone to take a chiropractic adjustment. They won’t preach out on sin. They give them all of the fun they want, jazz concerts and all of the rest. Listen to me. God says you cannot live a life of sin and meet him on the other side just because you know the language. “This people honor me with their lips but their heart is far from me”, Mark 7:6 God wants a holy people. I Peter 1:16, “Be you holy, for I am holy.I Thessalonians 4:7, “God hath not called us unto uncleanness but unto holiness.” Hebrews 12:14, “Without holiness, no man [no man] shall see the Lord.” Now, you can know all the language, but if you’re life is not changed, you don’t have it. You may have walked an aisle and had a religious exercise rather than an experience. Some of you are unconverted converts. What happens when you really know the lord? You are raised to newness of life, Romans 6:4. II Corinthians 5:17, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation, old things are passed away. Behold, all things are become new.” I John 5:4, “Whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world”. And what is the world – “The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life”, I John 2:15-17. Oh, I could go on and on. You are no longer are what you were when you got saved. “For you were sometimes the children of darkness, now you are a light unto the Lord”, Ephesians 5:8. Paul says, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who hath enabled me for they counted me faithful who was before a blasphemer, persecutor, and injurious, but I have obtained mercy”. Hey if you still are what you were, you isn't. That’s bad grammar, but its good theology. You need an old dose of repentance, Acts 2:38 and turning to the Lord Jesus Christ and getting the sin out of your life which He will forgive and forget if you come to Him.