Saturday, May 21, 2011

RAPTURE 2011

I'm posting this around noon on "Judgment Day", and, as of yet, no massive devastation has occurred in other parts of the world...it's not supposed to hit here until around 6 this evening, so I have a few hours to receive comments...but since the word RAPTURE, coined by Anglo-Irish evangelist John Nelson Darby (November i8, 1800 – April 29, 1882), has been referenced in the news so much over the last few days and weeks, I decided to repeat what I've been saying for years on the subject...in a word, I have no argument with any one's dispensationalist views, but I still believe that The Gospel is GOOD NEWS. PERIOD...let me put it this way...



I BELIEVE in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church...


If that doesn't happen...


I BELIEVE in a Mid-Tribulation Rapture of the Church...


If that doesn't happen...


I BELIEVE in a Post-Tribulation Rapture of the Church...


If that doesn't happen...


I BELIEVE that Jesus Christ will return to the earth in bodily form...


If THAT doesn't happen...


I BELIEVE that there will be a cosmic paradigm shift in the earth when EVERY eye will see Him (Revelation 1:7), recognizing Him as "the living God Who is the Savior of ALL men, especially of those who believe"
(1 Timothy 4:10)...

...that His salvation will ultimately reconcile ALL OF HUMANITY to Himself as the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8)...the
Lamb of God who takes away the sin OF THE WORLD
(John 1:29)...

...that EVERY knee in heaven and on earth and under the earth will eventually bow, and that EVERY tongue in heaven and on earth and under the earth will eventually confess to the glory of God that Jesus Christ is Lord
(Philippians 2:9, 10)...

...that ALL were condemned in Adam, but ALL are justified in Christ (Romans 5:17-21)...for as in Adam ALL die, even so in Christ shall ALL be made alive
(1 Corinthians 15:22)...

...that Jesus Christ was and is the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the WHOLE WORLD (1 John 2:22), and because He was lifted up from the earth on the cross, He will ultimately draw ALL PEOPLES unto Himself
(John 12:32)...

...that the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and ALL HUMANITY shall see it together
(Isaiah 40:5)…

...that He will pour out of His Spirit on ALL HUMANITY
(Joel 2:28)...

...that it is not His will that ANY should perish (2 Peter 3:9), and that the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to ALL PEOPLE
(Titus 2:11)...

...that God was in Christ, reconciling THE WORLD unto Himself, NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES TO THEM...
(2 Corinthians 5:19)!

...that GOD HAS NOT APPOINTED US UNTO WRATH, BUT TO OBTAIN SALVATION BY OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
(1 Thessalonians 5:9)...

...that we shall not all sleep in death, but we shall ALL be changed
(1 Corinthians 15:51)...

...that all things shall be made subject to Him so that God may be ALL IN ALL
(1 Corinthians 15:28)...

...that Christ is ALL AND IS IN ALL (Colossians 3:11).


All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ.(Colossians 3:11 - The Message)

No longer will they teach their neighbors, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because THEY WILL ALL KNOW ME, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.
(Hebrews 8:11 -13 - TNIV)



I BELIEVE that, even though the word "rapture" is not in The Bible, there is, indeed, a revelation...a breakthrough...an enlightenment, if you will, of when "the Daystar arises in our hearts" and we really do begin to "love His appearing"...and that revelation...that "appearing"...happens on a daily basis...it's not an event, and it is nothing to be feared or dreaded...

I BELIEVE that WE are the Second Coming of Christ...that the Kingdoms of our God AND OF HIS CHRIST are being manifested in and through us, even in the midst of chaos on the earth...

I BELIEVE THAT IT IS THE GREATEST TIME TO BE ALIVE!

I BELIVE THAT I'LL SEE MANY OF YOU TOMORROW FOR CITN'S 26th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION*!!!





*I will be sharing some interesting things about 2012!

15 comments:

Charles said...

Great post my brother Bishop. Great word :)

Anonymous said...

Thank God for you

Anonymous said...

Kirk Shields-Priddy said...


Your "Judgement Day" post is beautifully written and right on the mark. Darby (inadvertently, I presume) and his followers created a distraction that has drawn away the focus of too many Christians for the last 18 decades or so. It is difficult to become mobilized as Christ's Body in the world when the expectation at any given time is that the "rapture" is imminent.

As the views of Darby, et. al. have spread throughout a certain sector of the Church, paralysis regarding the pursuit of peace and justice has set-in. Evangelism -- seen narrowly as the "rescue" of individuals just ahead of the "beginning of the end" -- has become the only legitimate work of the Church for far too many good, well-meaning followers of Jesus. I hope that some of these brothers and sisters in Christ will awaken to the folly of this misunderstanding of the nature of the Gospel as they consider how much time, money and effort has been wasted on the May 21 "project". What all of that work could have done for the world's poor and oppressed will never be known!

Erik said...

Judgment Day is Awesome !!!

“All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like ‘...that ALL were condemned in Adam,’ ‘...that Jesus Christ was and is the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the WHOLE WORLD ‘ , ‘ sacrificial blood makes us righteous with God’ , ‘Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church...’ , ‘Mid-Tribulation Rapture of the Church...’ , ‘Post-Tribulation Rapture of the Church... ‘ ,

--- All these and many others are obsolete today. We now each see there has never been condemnation by Elohim for ANY reason. Sacrificial blood is as far as the East is from the West in G-d’s sole view. Blood sacrifice is a paradigm by those who desire the sacrificial drama.

Today, the Universe is new and old paradigms are deleted for their obsolescence. Praise GOD !!!!! Praise ALLAH !!! Praise JA !!!!! ALL that we think WILL be done, has ALREADY been done completely before we ever thought of it. Today We are aware of ourselves as God is aware. We ARE in heaven as We have always been.

We celebrate this on the grounds of CITN in the natural Sunday.

Erik said...

Today, Now, there is ‘a cosmic paradigm shift in the earth’.

We know as we know the sun rises that, ‘ We EACH are revealed as The Glory of Ja, She reveals Herself

Today confirms Universal Salvation. We are ALL here in Heaven together!

Some initial observations on the coolest things in Heaven so far. The women are sexier, and the Angels are ‘Drop Live Gorgeous’. (Since I am married to an Angel, double good for me ) , the wine is like none I’ve ever had, and Jesus has an excellent sense of humor – this just happened –

A bunch of us are sitting in the lounge and Jesus is pouring us all wine. Just as Jesus finishes filling His glass, someone says, “ Lord, how did we get here from there?”. Jesus took a sip of wine, without missing a beat, total ‘poker face’ He says, “You dropped the ‘T’ “, takes another sip of wine and laughs as an Angel whispered into His ear.


Judgment Day is Awesome !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Joshua Caleb said...

Foster Love it!

Anonymous said...

Jere Luck said...

just figured out why you don't post your blogs on FB... Tried to copy and paste it to my page and give u a credit line...apparently that doesn't work here. Dang it! :)
Have SO many friends posting about this absurd "Christian prophesy". Making me crazy!!

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Jere, my blog feeds into FB, but sometimes it takes a while...don't know why...it should appear sometime tonight...

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Kirk...thanks for your eloquent comments...well said!

Anonymous said...

Wendy Fleming Dexter said...

I thoroughly loved the message in your blog! It is refreshing to hear a message of hope.

Anonymous said...

Jere Luck said...

‎@Wendy- yes! That's why I was trying to copy and paste. HOPE and LOVE! :)

Clark Kent said...

Recent news flash..."the people of earth are still here...but where is Superman!?"

Was his short appearing to show us that he now cosmically walks among us, in us, that we are strong as steel, filled with virtue, able to jump over obstacles in a single bound, having x-ray vision to see what lies beneath our circumstances?

I for one agree that LIBERTY and JUSTICE is...for ALL, and that his visit to earth had an incredible purpose for him and humanity.

Anonymous said...

Richard Barnett said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Michael Teale said...

Very nicely done Bish! Let me know if it's okay to share this with others on my Facebook page. I would really like to share this. Much love in Christ from St. Louis, Missouri!

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Yeah, that's cool, Michael...thanks