“from the presence of the serpent to her place in the wilderness” – Revelations 12:14

 

Scriptures

  1. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle to fly from the presence of the serpent to her place in the wilderness, where she was nourished for a time, and times, and half a time.
    ( Revelations 12:14 ) [ Link ]

 

In Depth

 

Commentary

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Ellicott’s Commentary

  1. Prosecution
    • The woman is persecuted and driven into the wilderness: yet it is with the eagle wings given her by her Lord that she flies; the serpent drives her into the wilderness: yet it is in the wilderness that her place is prepared by God.
    • The way that seems hard is the way that is most blest.
    • The opposition of the dragon brings her blessings that she never would have received except in persecution; neither the eagle power nor the heavenly sustenance had been hers without the serpent’s hate.
    • Thus is the trial of faith precious in bringing us to know the priceless blessings of heavenly help and heavenly food.
  2. Eagle’s Wings
    • She is given eagle’s wings. God had spoken of the deliverance of Israel under a similar emblem, “Ye have seen . . . how I bare you on eagles’ wings and brought you unto myself”
    • There is a difference as well as a resemblance in the emblem here. In Exodus God is said to have borne Israel on eagles’ wings: here the wings are given to the woman. The strength of the earlier dispensation is a strength often used for, rather than in, the people of God; the strength of the latter is a strength in them: “They mount up with wings as eagles” ( Isaiah 40:31 ).
  3. Wilderness
    • The place is not a chance spot: it is prepared of God; it is in the wilderness, but still it is the place God prepared for her. It is always a delight to faith to mark how the ordering of God works in and through the wilfulness and wickedness of the enemy: the Son of man goeth, as it was written, though there is a “woe” against the man by whom He is betrayed. The wicked one can never drive us from God’s place, but only to it, unless we are enemies to ourselves. She is nourished in the wilderness.

John MacArthur, a pre-tribulationist

Background

John MacArthur, a pre-tribulationist, supports his position in a series of short messages.

 

Videos

  1. John MacArthur explains the Rapture
    • Videos

 

In depth

John MacArthur explains the Rapture

  1. Scriptural Basis
    • 1st thessalonians 4
      • Believers who have died
        • NIV ( Link )
          • 13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.
            14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.  ( 1st thessalonians 4 :13-14 )
          • 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.
            16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
            17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
            18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
            ( 1st thessalonians 4 :15-18 )
    • 1st Corinthians 15
      • The Resurrection of the Dead
        • NIV ( Link )
          • 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—
            52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
    • John 14
  2. Beginning
    • It has no judgement
    • It has to happen in the beginning, because it has no judgement in it
    • That is why our hope is called the blessed hope
  3. Elect
    • When the last elect is saved, it triggers the rapture
  4. Book of Revelations
    • Chronology Order
      • Chapter 1
        • Church appears in Chapter 1 on earth
      • Chapter 2
        • Seven churches in Asia
      • Chapter 4
        • Never appears again
      • Chapter 19
        • Return of Christ
      • Chapter 20
        • Kingdom
  5. Absence of instruction or warning to the Church
  6. Always a blessed hope
    1. Looking for Christ
    2. Not looking for AntiChrist
  7. Roller Coaster ?
    • Why go up, to come down
    • Married Supper of the the Lamp

Pastor Joe Schimmel

 

Videos

  1. Left Behind or Led Astray
    • Profile
      • Left Behind or Led Astray?: Examining the Origins of the Secret Pre-Tribulation Rapture is a new DVD by Good Fight Ministries which examines the origins of dispensationalism
    • Trailer
      • Left Behind or Led Astray
        Channel :- Good Fight Ministries
        Link
  2. Paul McGuire and Joe Schimmel
    • Profile
      • Series host, Paul McGuire and Joe Schimmel of Good Fight Ministries discuss the Post-Tribulation Rapture encouraging Christians to persevere and endure through times of great turmoil.
    • Channel :- God TV
    • Published On :- 2018-Nov-9th
    • Videos
      • Apocalypse and the End Times – Joe Schimmel – 1
        Link
      • Apocalypse and the End Times – Joe Schimmel – 2
        Link
  3. The Great Pre-Trib Rapture Deception (Pastor Joe Schimmel)
    • Profile
      • If you believe in the Pre-Tribulation rapture, you are setting yourself for the possibility of losing your faith when the Tribulation comes! The idea of a “Pre-Trib” rapture was NEVER believed by the early Church – it was something that only came into vogue in the last 200 years. Please give this sermon a listen. God bless you.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel :- Veruka psalm40verse2
        Published On :- 2018-August-24th
        Link

 

Verses

  1. 2 Thessalonians
    • 2 Thessalonians 2:3
      • 2 Thessalonians 2:3 King James Version (KJV) [ Link ]
        Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Catholic :- Mysteries of the Church

Narratives

Hosted by Carolyn Morrison here is a series of short videos.

  1. Mysteries of the Church :- The Church and WWII
    Link
  2. Mysteries of the Church: The Crusades
    Published On: 2013-Feb-04
    Link
  3. Mysteries of the Church: Gifts
    Published On: 2013-Feb-02
    Link
  4. 27 Catholic Mysteries Gifts of The Holy Spirit
    Published On: 2013-Nov-07
    Link
  5. Mysteries of the Church: The Early Evangelists
    Published On: 2013-Feb-04
    Link
  6. Mysteries of the Church: Apocalypse
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Published On:- 2013-Feb-02
        Link
    • Participants
      • Deacon Kevin McCormack ( Molloy College )
      • Rev. John Cush ( Diocese of Brooklyn )
  7. Mysteries of the Church: Marian Apparition
    A Marian apparition is a reported supernatural appearance by the Blessed Virgin Mary. The figure is often named after the town where it is reported, or on the sobriquet given to Mary on the occasion of the apparition. Marian apparitions sometimes are reported to recur at the same site over an extended period of time.
    Published On:- 2013-Feb-02
    Link
  8. Mysteries of the Church: Intense Spiritual
    Published On:- 2013-Feb-02
    Link
  9. Mysteries of the Church: Exorcism
    Link

 

Indepth

Mysteries of the Church: Marian Apparition

  1. Annunciation
    • On the night known as the Annunciation, our blessed Mary received a message
    • The message being that though a Virgin, she will conceive and  have a son
    • Now many millions of people have gotten to know her
    • She has her own prayer and those who pray to her have received her blessings
  2. Apparition
    • Dr. Patrick Hayes, Fairfield University
      • Divine Intervention into Human Consciousness
      • God breaks in from Time to Time
      • Number in the hundreds
    • 295 have been investigated
    • Out of that number only 12 have been approved
    • Steps to approval
      • Local Dioceses Investigate
      •  Bishop Conference, a whole country will investigate
      • Vatican, Apostolic Seal will then jump in
  3.  Fatima
    • Sources
      • Wikipedia ( Link )
    • Appeared to three young portuguese children
    • Predictions
      • Hell await those who sinned
      • Predictions of World War One and World War Two unless Russian Converted
        • 1917 Communist Takeover of Russia
          • Religion was driven out of Russia
        • In response, they were told
          • ReChristianize Russia
          • Listeners pushed to convert Russia to Immaculate Heart
      • Third Secret
        • Presented Real Challenge to the authority that heard it
        • A man in white will suffer
          • Led to mountain top by gunmen and shot
          • Is it the Pope?
          • Pope shot
            • Pope Francis shot in 1981
            • He vowed to place bullet
            • May 13, 1981: Assassination Attempt on Pope John Paul II!
            • The Pope of Our Lady of Fatima
              • MichaelJournal.Org
                Link
                While he was in the hospital, Pope John Paul reviewed the Church’s documentation of Fatima and the Third Secret of Fatima. He was convinced that Our Lady of Fatima had saved his life. Later that year, he had a mosaic of the Virgin Mary (Mater Ecclesiae — Mother of the Church) installed on St. Peter’s Square. He went three times afterwards to the shrine of Fatima in Portugal (1982, 1991 and 2000) — to thank the Virgin Mary. On March 25, 1984, to fulfill the request of Our Lady of Fatima, the Pope consecrated the world — including Russia — to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Communism collapsed soon afterward.As a measure of his gratitude, John Paul gave the bullet that was extracted from his abdomen to the shrine; the bullet today forms part of the crown of the statue of the Virgin of Fatima. During John Paul’s 2000 visit to Fatima, the third part of the message the Virgin gave to the three children in 1917 was revealed; it was a description of the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul: the “bishop clothed in white” who prays for all the faithful is the Pope. As he makes his way with great effort towards the Cross amid the corpses of those who were martyred (bishops, priests, men and women religious and many lay persons), he too falls to the ground, apparently dead, under a burst of gunfire.
    • Lucia, one of the three
      • Said it could be released at 1960
      • But, held till 2000
    • Released
      • By Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict
  4. Guadalupe
    • Our lady of Guadalupe
    • Sources
      • Wikipedia ( Link )
  5.  Lourdes, France
    • Appeared to 14-year old Bernadette Soubirous in 1858
    • Sources
      • Wikipedia ( Link )

 

Mysteries of the Church: Intense Spiritual

  1. Questions
    • Questions Jesus asked Peter
      • Who do you say that I am
      • And, the other question, do you love me
      • What is your relationship to me
  2. Difference between Religion and Faith
    • Religion can be just an external observance
      • (+)
        • You do this, you do that
      • (-)
        • It does not lead to transformation
        • It does not lead to true peace
        • It does not give you a sense of purpose
        • It does not help you
      • And, so people give it up
    • Faith always helps us
      • Because we are meant to believe
    • That is why people can give up religion
      • They do not allow it to come into the innermost being
  3. Franciscan Friar
    • Vows
      • Poverty
        • Vows of Poverty does not mean to live in Poverty, but to live in a community where everything is shared with each other
      • Chastity
      • Obedience
    • Live in an area noted for Poverty
      • (-)
        • Crime
        • Drugs
        • Prostitution
      • (+)
        • Godly people
    • Why do we do this?
      • To conform ourselves to the obedient one
        • To the Poverty
        • To the Chaste one
        • To the Obedient one
      • If Jesus
        • If Jesus was married
        • If Jesus was wealthy
        • If Jesus was independent and autonomous
      • Did his own thing
    • Life lived
      • More in conformity with Jesus
    • If the community has a turn around
      • They will leave and go live elsewhere
    • Simple Life
      • Franciscan Friar
        • Sources
  4. Carolene Morrison
    • What truly matters is that one has done so in the Spirit of Jesus Christ
    • It can not be felt from outside, but only when truly lived
    • We may not fully grasp the decisions made by those who have dedicated themselves to an intense spiritual life, but perhaps that is the point; that it should remain a mystery.
    • And, to truly understand such a life, one must live it

 

 

Mysteries of the Church: Exorcism

  1. Demonic possession is not ordinary, sin is ordinary
    • Anybody can sin