Jesus Is Coming!! Are You Ready? | 15Oct2023
Pastor West: [00:00:00] Not only giving us information. But you also reveal and then your revelation. You're revealing truly that you are good. And even when we live in the world, such as time as we are, where things do not look so good. We understand they're not of your doing. They're not of your making. But we understand that the time is short. We understand from the Word of God that the that the word itself says in the book of Revelation. For the enemy knows when his time is short. And so he acts as one. Who's out of time. But I'll thank you, Father God, that you are the God of time. And you have put us in time even when he's out of time. And I hear by the Spirit of God to say to you this morning when I woke up, I heard it when we come in, heard when we prayed together this morning before church together. He said, this is the time of acceleration. He said, I am excelling all that I am and all that I do, and all the word that you have put in to you. He says, no, this I am not a God, that I will be mocked. He said, but for my word is good. And he said, I have watched over my word to perform it. And every word that you have said, yes and amen to every word that you believe in your heart and every word that you speak out of your mouth, and every word that you are holding on to this morning, even concerning the healing of your body.
Pastor West: [00:01:29] Know this, that, that word. I stand behind my word and know this. Now there is a time of acceleration. The enemy pulled the trigger, but I knew that before he did it. But when he pulled the trigger, he pulled it against himself. And now acceleration is going on throughout the planet. It's going into the nations of the world. And now you shall see some some miraculous signs and wonders. You've seen it before. You've seen it here. You've seen it there. You've read about it. You've even seen it in your own midst, here and there. But now you shall see. It shall become the norm. It shall become the norm. So great. Great, great expectancy this morning. Great expectancy you should have in your heart. Great expectancy for the miraculous. For Jesus is my son and he is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And he is the head of the church. And you are his body, and you are the body of Christ. And I will do this work, and I will give a complete. Expression of who I am through you. I'm here this morning and I have it. Your praise. I know you, I see your heart, I receive your praise. Father. I thank you, Father God, that there is an acceleration taking place right now in every person in their body, wherever they need strength, wherever they need healing.
Pastor West: [00:02:56] In the name of Jesus. I curse every thing against them. I curse everything that's come against them. I curse every demonic spirit that comes against them, not only in the physical realm, but in the mental realm and the financial realm. Every area of life. Yes, seed, time and harvest shall remain as long as the earth remains in the word. The seed is the Word of God. And now, by the Word of God, it is being accelerated, as it said in the book of Amos, that when the man puts the seed in the ground, the plowman coming right behind the reaper comes right behind him. As soon as he puts the seed in the ground, you say, how is that possible? Well, I can only tell you this with God all things are possible. Glory be to God. So great. Thank God. Thank God that we're in the time of great harvest. We give him all the praise and the honor and glory in Jesus mighty name. Amen. You may be seated. Good morning and welcome. Praise God this is the day that God hath made. We shall rejoice and be glad in it. Amen. Well, is the rapture near? Amen. Jesus is coming soon, isn't he? Are you ready? Are you ready? Jesus is coming soon. Are you ready? You don't have to turn there.
Pastor West: [00:04:12] But this morning I want to read a little part to you out of the book of Ecclesiastes. If you want to make notes and look at it later that you can. You can go there. By the time you get there, I'm going to be gone, probably. But in Ecclesiastes chapter two, verse 26, I'm to read this from the amplified. It says, for the person who pleases God, he gives wisdom and knowledge and joy. But to the sinner he gives the work of gathering and heaping up that he may give to the one who actually pleases God. In other words, everybody's got a job to the one who pleases God. You know, he gives you joy, he gives you peace, he gives you wisdom, and he gives you knowledge. But the one who doesn't give, the one who doesn't love God, the one who who's not seeking his knowledge, the one who has at this point refused him. He said, I'll give him a job to what's going to be his job. He said, I'll give him the work of gathering up the resources. Gathering up all the world's resources. It's going to take resources to bring in the last time harvest. I'll give him the work of gathering and heaping up that he may just give to the one who actually is pleasing God. Then it goes right into Ecclesiastes chapter three, where we know so well there's a time in every season.
Pastor West: [00:05:21] See? There's time again. There's time once again talking about Ecclesiastes 20. Ecclesiastes three. It talks about without going into it. It says, there's a time. Well, it starts off, you know, to everything. There is a season, a time, a purpose under heaven, a time to be born, time to die, a time to plant. Time to pluck. Time to plant. Time to kill. Time to heal. Time to break down. Time to build up. Time to weep. Time to. There's 26 opposites. How many have mourned? How many have wept? Huh? How many have you been? How many have hurt? How many have lost? How many you feel like you cast away. How many? You felt like you know a time of war. Anyone ever felt like. But on the. On the negative side of time. Why are y'all here? This is. Yes. This is. No. This is. Huh? Well, if you've been there, I'm telling you an acceleration today. You're on the opposite time. You're on the opposite time of the world. Come on, man. You're on the opposite time of what will happen when Jesus come catches his bride away. You'll be on the opposite side of things. Amen. So I'm going to stick really close to my notes, which I don't like doing, but I'm going to. Or I won't get this done as I need to.
Pastor West: [00:06:38] It could be informational, but I don't want it to be just informational. I want you to catch the spirit of this. So it's in times now God has set a time to deal with the nations of the world. He's always set the time and Israel as we know it is. And you've heard many people say Israel in that history is God's prophetic time clock. Israel is. If you want to know what time it is, look at Israel, see what's see what's going on with Israel at any time. Then you'll know what time it is on God's clock. And the clock didn't start until the Jewish people come back to get their land. And and so we believe that we are in the birthing pains. You know, birthing pains is not birth. Jesus talked about the beginning of sorrows. Well, we are in the beginning of sorrows. I mean, how do you believe it gets better than this? How have you believed that? You know, I've heard. Sometimes I hear people say, well, actually, we are in heaven now. How many know this is not heaven? How many hope? This ain't heaven. How many? Sometimes it felt like. Almost like the other side. Well, it's because you're in the birthing pains. And the birthing pains is the Gog Magog war, which is the Ezekiel 38 war is what it is. Now, why should we care? Why should we know these things? Why should we study these things? Because we need to know and understand the time because of the rapture of the church takes right place before the Ezekiel 38 war.
Pastor West: [00:08:02] And in Psalms 102 three, you don't have to go there, but Psalms 102 three speaking of this, this is the reference to it. This verse gets used a whole lot. And people talking about favor and it could, but that's not what he was talking about. But in Psalms 102 three he says, you will arise and have mercy on Zion. How many know Zion's symbolic of the church for the time to favor her? Yes. The set time, the God. The God has set a time, and he is going to favor his church. Now I know we live in favor, but he's talking about pre rapture days. Now don't turn to this either but familiar scripture. But in Isaiah 46 verse 910, and this is the ESV, do we ever see if we have that, we got it. But anyway, Isaiah 46 910 the ESV says this. He says, remember the things of old, for I am God, and there is none other. For I am God, and there is none like me. I declare the end from the beginning and from ancient times not yet done. Saying, and this is the one who's who says, there's none like me. My counsel will stand and I will accomplish all of my purpose.
Speaker2: [00:09:11] Hallelujah!
Pastor West: [00:09:13] So. There's the prophetic time clock. And I won't get much into this scripture today, but there is going to there is going to be a generation who's going to be alive on the earth when Jesus comes back. Everyone wants to be that generation. Well, there is going to be a generation of people. So he gives us signs. You might say there is no signs for the rapture. The rapture can take place before I can get through reading the scripture, because there's not one sign for the rapture. There is signs for the Second coming when it comes back after the seven years. But there is no signs for the rapture. You can see the setup of the Second Coming, and if you can see the setup for the Second coming, the seven years while the world, while the earth and the people who is left here on tribulation. If you can see the setup for the Ezekiel 38 war on this side before we leave. No, we're going seven years before that. So if you can see the parts coming together for the Ezekiel 38 war while you're still here, no, we have to go there for seven years and come back before that to happen. So how close are you? What time is it? In Matthew 24, verses 32 to 34, he says, now learn the parable of the fig tree, when his branch is yet tender and putteth forth leaves, you know that summer is nigh or near. So likewise, when you see all these things, know that it is near, even at your door.
Pastor West: [00:10:40] Jesus said, for verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass till all these things shall be fulfilled. You know, Israel is the only nation on the face of the earth that's actually been in and out of existence twice. A little bit of. When the whole world changed. Annihilator. And in the last time, as we know, she became a nation that recognizes the nation, a sovereign nation. May the 14th, 1948. So I ask you today, what time is it? Is the rapture near? I want to tell you, Jesus is coming soon. Amen. They used to. I grew up in church and we had a lot of hymns. Jesus is coming soon. How many went? Morning, night or noon? Many will go to heaven. Well, but him told the truth. But it was always on the negative side. Many will meet their doom. Troubles all around. Well, you know, a lot of people want to stay out of the book of revelation because it says it scares me. I've seen a lot of Hollywood movies. A lot of people say, even ministers say, I just don't. I don't have a prophetic type of ministry. I stay out of revelations because who can understand it? Well, the Lord said. You can understand it because I named the book revelation. Which means revealed. Why would God write a book that you can't understand and hold you to it? Does that make sense? No. So we're going to take some time today and and we want to say what time is it? We're going to give you a picture of what it looks like at the rapture versus the seven year tribulation.
Pastor West: [00:12:25] And we'll see our time that we're in. But we need to know this, that everything for the believer is good news. There's a lot of problems in the world, but everything for the believer. If you're a Christian, if you're a believer, if everything that's going to happen for you forward is good news. I mean, it is great news. You don't have very long to ever live in a mortal body for eternity. You do realize when you leave here, you'll never have a mortal body for eternity. Amen. I know that don't mean much to you when you're nine years old, but I'm talking. I'm telling you, when you get closer to 99. Amen. So what time is it? And do we understand the time and seasons that we're in? Because history is unfolding, which is God's redemptive plan, which is the beginning. It's always beginning. God's plan is beginning till end. Now everyone's aware of what's going on in the world. If you have a TV. History is unfolding is what is happening. The events that happened in Jerusalem, Israel, the Gaza Strip, you understand Iran's part and all this. And in other countries, which I won't name like Russia. Oh, I'm sorry. And we know that Israel was attacked, wasn't they, by Hamas terrorist group? These aren't friendly people. They don't like Israel. They don't like you. They don't like God. They like nothing to do with it. So if we understand, if we can have understanding of the times that we're in, then then we're just better equipped.
Pastor West: [00:13:58] We're like the men from from Israel, called the tribe of Issachar, that you could read about in first Chronicles 1233. It said these were men that had understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do. Don't you think that the church today should know the time that we're in, so that we know how to to to know what to do? How should we respond and not just respond? That's let's playing defense, but how we should go on the offense. There's no need to fear. I want to I want to keep interject. There's no need to fear. Jesus said, when you see these things happen, he says, get excited because now this your redemption is going, is drawing real near to you now. So do not fear. You probably heard of the Corrie ten boom and it was quoted for saying years ago, never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. Amen. God's not in the dark because he is light. Now, you know, Iran has publicly stated, and I know you know this many times, that their objective is to destroy Israel. And I don't mean just win a war. They said they want to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Their parliament and lawmakers have chanted, I know and I don't know here recently, but in 2020, under a different administration, who dealt with them differently. They chanted Death to America and burned him. You know, and as a what do you call it? You know, a make believe of President Trump? Oh, yeah.
Pastor West: [00:15:26] That word right there. Yeah. An effigy right there. So they I haven't heard them because right now they've got it seemed like a friend in the white House. But anyway I'll get right off that. So the Bible has but the Bible has accurately predicted all this. This is not come on as some type of. Well, we didn't know. We couldn't see it. It was always here. So he told us thousands of years ago and about terrorist. That's what they are. But did you know that we're also terrorists ourselves? Yeah. Did you know that Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil? Destroy? You know, we didn't come to give the devil a bad day or a bad day. We come to terrorize him. You're just a Holy Ghost terrorist, is what you are. That's right. Huh? That's why you get up some mornings barking. I don't mean like a dog. I mean, you got a little growl in your voice. What's wrong with you? I'm a terrorist. I'm. I'm. I'm a terrorist, you know? And so all these things, these end time events, they're all revolving around Israel, Jerusalem and Jerusalem is this little bitty, tiny city about the same size, approximately to new Jersey. Her Jerusalem's population is 970,000 miles, or 970,000 people. Jerusalem. And she covers about 48.3mi². And the whole world is trying to put her put her lights out and can't do it. Now, you know, we're around 5 million. And to give you a little to give you a little difference, you know, square mile Alabama covers eight, 8522 miles and Jerusalem covers 48.
Pastor West: [00:17:09] She's 16.25% the size of Alabama. And God loves this place and has his eyes on it all the time. Amen. Now, what has God said about Jerusalem? There are several things, but I want to read you one verse. If they they might put this up on the screen for you. But Zechariah and 12, in verses two through four, and this is going to be in the New Living Translation. And I'll tell you if you want to look at the screen. If not, you can turn to it. But Zechariah 12 verses two through four says, I will make Jerusalem like an intoxicating drink that makes the nearby nations stagger when they send their armies to besiege Jerusalem and Judah. On that day I'll make Jerusalem an immovable rock, and all the nations will gather against it to try to move it, but they will only hurt themselves. On on that now. Now you understand their analogy was camels, horses, stuff like that. Right. So I'm going to do a little reiterating. I'm just going to kind of just play with some, you know, this is how many you got. Half a camel. No one has a camel. So well here it uses horse talk. But that was, you know, several years ago. So he says they will they will only hurt themselves. Verse four on that every horse. I'm also a tank, rocket or missile will panic in every rider, which is every tank missile will lose its nerve.
Speaker3: [00:18:50] Amen.
Pastor West: [00:18:51] Could it lose its nerve? When you read about the Red sea, when it saw God approaching it. It said. It said the water. The Red sea became terrified. Well, I didn't make it up. I mean, just I'm quoting the Bible. You say, how could that happen? It's not a person. Well, Jesus said, if you don't want to worship me, he said, it's okay. He said, I'll just have the rocks do it. He said, the trees will clap their hands and the rocks will cry out. So if if a rock can worship the Lord, the Red sea could be terrified. And it was, he said, and I will, I will, I will blind all the horses, bombs, and the ides of their enemies. And in other words, he said, I will cause I will cause every horse to panic and every rider to lose his nerve. Every driver. Not just the one who sends the missile, but the one. Not just the missile, but the one who sends it. He'll deal with both of them. Now, give you a little thing. It's like, well, if all this is going to happen, then just let it happen. Why take time to talk about it? Why should we study prophecy? Well, only because 30% of this book that you brought today is prophecy. So that's just one little reason. Just 30% of this book is prophecy. That's why we should study prophecy. And of the 30%, the vast majority of the 30% is talking about the very end times.
Pastor West: [00:20:24] See, we're not in the end times. We're in the end of the end. We're in the we're in the we're in the rapid up stage. We're in there. Just. Just don't have much time left. And so when we understand that, it affects our thinking, but it also affects our actions. When you know you're running out of time to do something, sometimes you just can't do all the other particulars. In other words, you just like what I want to do this, this and this. You know, you've got guests coming. You know, I didn't have time to paint the whole house and get rid of every leaf out of the yard and do the bushes and da da da da da. So we're just going to have to give it a little makeover and put the rest and throw in the bedroom and on the bed and in the closet till they all go. Then when they go to the closet, don't go getting everything falls out again. It's not your fault. They shouldn't have come over. But anyway. So. But why should we study prophecy other than it's 30%? Well, revelation one three would tell you one good reason. It says, blessed is he that readeth. And you can read. We have a class starting in a couple of weeks. For the rest of you that didn't raise your hand. So. So it'll help you. So he tells you.
Pastor West: [00:21:34] Blessed is he that just readeth he didn't say even understands. Blessed is he that readeth and that hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written in for the time is at hand. Now the Apostle John penned those words two millennia ago. How much closer are we now? If the time is at hand, why study prophecy? Because the end is near. How do we know that? Because Jesus himself gave us signs to know what that day would look like. And then the apostle Paul said in first Thessalonians five four, but, brethren, that includes Sister Sistren you are not in darkness. Don't fear. He says, you are not in darkness, that. Day. Not a day, not some day, not some. He said there's going to be a day that day. He said, do not be in darkness. Don't be in fear of that day that would overtake you as a thief. He's not talking to you. You're not a thief. When you read the. When you read the scriptures in the Gospels, they're always talking about the Second Coming. When you read the scriptures in the epistles, they're always talking about now they're talking about the rapture. People think it's quite opposite. Now there are scriptures that have double reference to it. I'm not saying that that they equally mean the same thing. I'm just saying. But you can say something sometimes it's like you can say a word like I can say hello, dear.
Pastor West: [00:23:08] You think, well, who are you talking to? Your wife's not here. Now, I was talking to the dear. That's outside the door right there. Outside the window. Well, a dear could be a dear. Could be a person, or it could be an animal. Well, the Scripture has things that has double reference to it, in other words. Or Jesus would talk in parable or it'd be an allegory. And in that parable, in that allegory, he would teach a lesson, and he would use a natural illustration to teach a lesson, which would be a parable or an allegory. So when you're when you read the what we call end time scriptures in the Gospels, they're not talking about pre rapture, they're talking about pre second coming. When you go into the pistols like in Thessalonians like we're talking about he's talking about pre pre trib. Now I know there's people who want to go think they're going to go in the middle of it, and there are some people who just determined they're going to that we're supposed to live all the way through it. So if I can convince you, I'm not going to go into all those theories. If you want to study down that road, you can go down there. But if I can't convince you, I'm just going to go ahead and say bye now. Amen. And we'll hold your seat and believe that you'll make it so. So First Thessalonians is don't let that overtake you as a thief.
Pastor West: [00:24:23] Why study prophecy? Hilton Sutton has gone to be with the Lord, but in his he was one of the foremost authorities of of end time eschatology taught around the world. Many Bible schools use his his teaching for for their schooling. And he wrote he's got a study guide called Revelation Reveal. He said in the Old Testament, Jesus was known as the Messiah. In the Gospels, he's known as the Lamb of God, sacrificed for the sin of the world. In the epistles, the epistles reveal Jesus as the risen Savior in the head of the church, but only revelation unveils him as the triumphant Lord. Only revelation. When you study the book of Revelation, you will see Jesus as the conquering King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He's the King of kings. Who's the other king? That's you. Who's the other Lord? That's you. And only revelations will tell you that every knee shall bow to him. Everyone. The day will come when Lucifer himself will will bow before Jesus himself and say, you are Lord. You say? Do we get to see that? Yes. And if not, I'm going to ask to praise the Lord. Amen. Now. A real modern day census taken says that 40% of Americans believe that we're living in the end times. Well, I don't mean 40% of Christians. I mean 40% of Americans. Secular or not. So we're living in different times.
Pastor West: [00:26:00] We're living in difficult times. We're living in the Bible says in perilous times. Of course we are. They are difficult. They are severe, but they're nothing compared to the seven year tribulation. So I'm going to do a little contrast here. And so at this point Jesus has come and we have been raptured. And I know people say, well, you know, the word rapture is not in the Bible. You're right. It's not. Neither is the word Bible. But in the Latin the word is rapture or harpazo. And that means to catch away, to snatch quickly, to seize to yourself, to be caught up. So yes, it is in the Bible. And so when these things happen. Because we're living in the dispensation of grace now, that will end when the church is wrapped with the dispensation of grace. What is the dispensation of grace? Is God's kindness and God's goodness. We're singing a song about how good God is, a good, good father. In the years. Good. And he'll always be good. So he's not dealing with you according to your sins. He's dealing with you according to what Jesus paid for your sin. He's not judging you right now. I know there's many churches who will and many people who will, but. But he's not. And he's the head of the church. God thinks that Jesus paid the price for all sin. He thinks it's paid for. He thinks it is. And so Jesus paid the whole sum total of our sins past, present, and future.
Pastor West: [00:27:32] Not that we can just go live any way we want to, because that's not what grace was given to you for. Just go out like a fool. Was it? I mean, would Jesus go to the cross and die for our sins so that we could just do whatever our flesh wanted to do? No, that's not what it is at all. He doesn't want you to be. He doesn't want you to live in such a way that you that you you have to live with addictions and all such as this. No. He came to free us, not to bind us. Amen. So, so so. We are living in perilous times. So here are some scriptures. I want you to see them. Let's go to revelations six eight. These are all going to be in the ESV. Uh, we're going to start off with revelation six eight. And here's what you're going to find out about some things that transpire quickly during the seven year period during the tribulation. In revelation six eight, we're going to see that the rider of the pale horse, he will kill one fourth of mankind. One fourth of mankind and it goes like this. And I looked and behold, there was a pale horse, and his writer's name was death. And Hades followed him. And they were given authority over one fourth of the earth to kill with a sword, and with famine, and with pestilence, and by wild beasts on the earth.
Pastor West: [00:28:46] One fourth of mankind dies like that. There's approximately 8 billion people on the earth. So right now to be and just died right there. Gone. Boom! That fast. Revelation 918. You see that three plagues kill a third, another third of mankind. Revelation 918 ESV. Verse 18 says, by these plagues. A third of mankind was killed by the fire, the smoke and the sulphur coming out of their mouth. A third of mankind killed by fire, smoke and sulphur coming out of their mouth. Some listed. Some believe this to be a meteorite or a comet. As in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. They believe that would be a meteor in revelation 16 three. Just giving you some reference. Not here to preach on that. Revelation 16 three we see that every we see all life. See all. See life dies. Gone. Revelation 16 three ESV. The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse, and every living thing died that was in the sea. Well, Bill won't be here anyway. But, you know, if it was. Ain't nothing to fish for. It's gone. That's enough reason other than the love of Jesus to go. Brother bill. Yeah. Now you do. So while this is happening simultaneously, you're not here simultaneously. You're in heaven simultaneously. While this wrath is being poured out. The worst wrath that the earth has ever known.
Pastor West: [00:30:34] The worst of the worst, as bad as you think it's today is, which is not bad by any standards of if you went around the world we think about as Americans because we live in America. But I'm talking about in countries where you go to some countries where where they still deal with capital punishment. I mean, what would you think if they brought crucifixion back? You would think, surely the end's come. Well, before Saddam Hussein was killed, he he chemically killed thousands of his people. If they lied to him, he would have their tongues cut out of their head and nailed to a poster. Everyone would know it. And him too. You say that's barbaric. Yes. Well, that wasn't the United States of America. So here, you know, we got a lot of problems, you know, like people can't decide what the bathroom to go into. But that's not what's going to pause Jesus to come back because there's confusion over a bathroom. That's just all that we know about. And there's a lot of things going on here in the world. But in comparison, if you go to Saudi Arabia and you go there and the women still wear and they, you know, their heads covered and all such as this and, and if you steal over there, the way they deal with you is they just cut your hand off, that stops stealing. It's a great deterrent to crime.
Pastor West: [00:31:41] It's worked for them really well. They keep the law very well. So if a man doesn't know how to treat a person or hurts a woman or rapes the woman, they just cut off certain things and that cures that problem. It's a great deterrent from crime. And there's a lot of people. Bring it back, bring it back. So we want to be on the wrong side of that. So but this is seems difficult. But it's not difficult compared to what we're talking about here. So during during this seven year tribulation where a fourth of the mankind dies, then another third dies, then everything in the sea dies. In the Scripture says that if God didn't cut the seven days short, if he didn't cut the I'm sorry, the seven year short, he says not one person left on the earth could survive it. Can you imagine? If God didn't, if God didn't come back and he knows exactly when he has to come back. If I don't come back within that seven year, the day he says, there will be not one person left on the earth to survive. Do you want to be here so you will not be here? So what are you going to be doing? Well, you're going to beat the marriage supper of the lamb. We're the bride of Christ. Then when you do that, then you go into the reward seat, which is also called the Bema Seat. That's where you're rewarded for all the good that you have done, all the things that you've been called to do, that you've done.
Pastor West: [00:33:10] You go there and you're rewarded. So when we go to the judgment, you know, you know, know you was in Christ, you're judged. Yeah, but won't there be a big screen up there? No. I'm sorry. If you want one, you might dig one up for you, you know. But no, he's already dealt with all of your sin. See, you're not in sin. You're in Christ. You're not in Adam. You're in Jesus. Amen. He's put that away, and he's nailed your account to the to his cross. And then he closed your book. Amen. He's. The Lord's not keeping up with your sins, right? That's the message. I don't know why the church won't preach it because they're scared. Well, you tell people that they'll go do all kinds of crazy things. You just give them a license to sin. We said no, man. They don't come to me to get no license to sin. They do it without me. And they. So simultaneously, here we are in grandeur. So what time is it? Where will you be on that day? Luke 2136 says, watch ye therefore, and pray that you might be counted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass. He's not talking to you. He's talking to the people that's on the earth, because you ought to see a third of them die.
Pastor West: [00:34:22] You ought to see a fourth of them dies. You ought to see it so horrific that almost no one, no one would survive if he doesn't come back. He said, if you're left here, he said, you better pray. Pray that you will be able to escape this. Well now, Jesus was asked when the end was coming, and I'm going to read some verses here about that. We won't take time to turn to them, but if you make notes, Jesus was asked when the end is coming. And this is Luke 1728, 29, and 30, then I'll back up Mary 27. Now I want you to notice that the conditions were the same as it was for the time during Sodom and Gomorrah. Jesus draws a comparison because they want to know what will it be like? How will we know when the end is coming? In verse 28 he says, likewise, as it was in the days of lot, they were eating and drinking and buying and selling and planting and building. But on that day. See here. There it is then that day. But on that day when lot went out from went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all. So will it be on that day, that day when the Son of Man comes? Not sometime on that day. There is a time appointed. It's not a day, but it's that day. So he's saying there'll be business as usual.
Pastor West: [00:35:47] People will be marrying. People will be building. People will be working. People will be investing. People will be having children. It'll just be Tuesday. It'll just be Thursday. It'll just be whatever it is. Life will go on just as normal. What are the signs of the rapture? For the rapture, there's no signs whatsoever for the Second Coming. There's tons of signs. The rapture is imminent. It will happen. Nothing triggers it off. There is no sign ever. For Jesus can come before we can even get out here. There's no signs for that. All the signs are for the second coming. So when you read these things, you say, well, but he said these signs right here, he's talking about the Second Coming. The Second coming. See, when we're raptured, he doesn't come. Touch the Mount of Olives. He's in the air. He's in the clouds. And the Bible says we go to meet him. Where? In the air, in the clouds. But when we come back, we come back with him. And we come down to the Mount of Olives, and we are with him. But now, as we go to rapture, we go to be with him. Second coming. We come back with him. Meet him. Come back with him. So when you see these signs that he talks about, these are not signs of. Here's how you know he's about to come. When he tells you about the signs, he's telling you this is the signs of me, of you and I coming back to the earth before the seven years or after the seven years.
Pastor West: [00:37:15] So there again, if you can see the setup for everything that will happen Ezekiel 38 war and you can see it from where you're sitting right now. How close are you to leaving? And how do you prepare yourself, and what do we do and how do we how do we minister the Word of God to other people? Is there any urgency? He went on to say in Luke 1726 he said, it will be the same as the day of Noah's day, just as it was in the days of Noah. So it will be the days of the Son of Man. Verse 27 says, they were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark and the flood came and destroyed them. Let me read that again. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage until the day. Because when Peter, it talks about scoffers who talk about. We've heard all this before. We've heard Jesus is coming. We always we've heard this is going to be this rapture. We heard all these things, and they just scoff about it. They were scoffing Noah. How old was Noah when the Ark sailed? 600 years old. How long did he preach? A really long time. Did he have any converts? He had zero.
Pastor West: [00:38:32] Well, if he was a bad preacher or just some really, really kind of have a rough crowd, didn't he? But 600 years old. And it said. And it said they were eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage. Until that day. Until or until the day. Not someday. Not whenever there was a day when Noah entered the ark. So when did the rain start? Did the rain start while he was building? Maybe when he was outside policing the grounds around the ark. Did the rain start then? No. It says when he entered the ark. In other words, when he was finished with the ark, he completed it. And all the animals come two by two, you know, whatever that looks like. That would have been a clue for everybody, you know, like this man is wild, crazy preacher and building this large boat. There had never been rain on the earth. You know it all came from the ground. Had never come from the sky. So when you got a man say it's going to rain, which means it's actually going to flood and the rain is going to come from the sky. They're like, man, this old dude, his son, I mean, his brain's been baked in the sun. He's out there building the ship, and he has no utility trailer to get it to the ocean. You're thinking this guy, this guy is tripping. There ought to be a sign when you see two skunks.
Speaker4: [00:39:47] Huh?
Pastor West: [00:39:48] And they're wagging their tail like. And they're like, we're going first. Let the skunk go first. You know, just that ought have been a clue, but it didn't move anyone enough to act. He finished. It was loaded. God closed. God sealed the door. The rain came into store. What does God do when calamity comes? He comes in Noah's day. He put him in. He sealed him. He protected him. He kept him away from the wrath that was on the earth. What does God do when wrath is going to take place on the earth for you? He catches you up. He removes you from the wrath. What did he do with Sodom and Gomorrah when they was going to be destroyed? Because there was not one righteous man. He took them out of the city. The angels told lot says we can't do any damage. We can't destroy this city while you're here. How come the Antichrist has not come and taken over yet? See, he he does preemptive strikes. That's what. That's what's happening right now in Israel. That's a preemptive strike. He would be like the one who decides when I'm going to send my Antichrist. Think about it. Satan's always had to keep someone, always had to keep someone in the bullpen to be the Antichrist all the time because he doesn't know when it is and he's had some good ones. Hitler would have been a good one. Mussolini would have been a good one.
Pastor West: [00:41:10] And and there are some others. So he has someone that's always ready. He has to have them ready. I believe he would. This. This is Eric. This is not. But this is my opinion. I believe that he would like to do the preemptive strike instead of having to react to what God's order of plans. He would like to get God out of his order. But you can't get God out of the order because he created order. When God created you, you don't change order. I mean, when you're the mother and you have a child, you don't get the next day. So I'm going to be the mother, and you're going to be the child. I mean, you might can do that for fun. You wouldn't have done it to my mother. But once. But anyway. So he got in and then it quit writing. It started raining. Now, here's the rapture of the church. Let's go look at this. First Thessalonians 413 through 18. In the ESV, y'all doing okay? Now. The rapture of the church is what Christians, the believers in Christ and it becomes. It comes before the time of wrath, which is also called the day of the Lord. Judgment upon the wicked. Dispensation of grace is over. Could you still be saved? Yes. You're going to be saved. Where's the Holy Spirit? He's not in heaven. He's on earth. All during the tribulation. Oh, no.
Pastor West: [00:42:30] He couldn't be here because we're not here. Then how does anyone get saved? You can't get saved without the Holy Spirit. Well, isn't the Holy Spirit afraid that a meteor might hit him? Probably not. Isn't he afraid of the wickedness? I don't think so. But the Holy Spirit remains here on the earth, even while we're in heaven, because the greatest revival will ever take place will be after we're gone. Then they'll know. Then the Jews will know who the Messiah was. Then you'll have the, you know, the trail drive in the 144,000 preaching boy. That'll be some sermons. So the rapture of the church. We see it here in first Thessalonians 413. The ESV says, we do not. We do not want you to be uninformed. King James says, ignorant brothers about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do and have no hope. That starts off good, doesn't it? We don't want you to be ignorant. We don't want you to be uninformed. He says, we don't want you to grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, though Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, and the voice of the archangel with the sound of the trumpet of God.
Pastor West: [00:43:53] And the dead in Christ shall rise first. Those who are alive and are yet are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will also will we always be with the Lord? Amen. I like that so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore scare one another with these words. Oh, no. Encourage, encourage. No scare in here, right? Because it's only good news for the believer. Believers have no need to fear. We are removed from all the wrath from the seven years of tribulation. Now, can I swap gears just a little bit? Here's here's some things to think about this. Because in revelation chapter one, if you read revelation one, you'll see this. You'll see the glory of Christ in the church. You see the glory of Christ coming down in the very end of time. When you read revelations two and you read revelations chapter three, which you'll see there is you'll see that John writes a letter to the seven churches, to the saints that are Asia minor. He writes one to each of this. Not only was it to the churches, but the churches were to take the letter and to read each other's letters. Those letters need to be read.
Pastor West: [00:45:16] Today. I want to say this, if you will read the the letters that Paul wrote to the seven, to the churches, the the seven different letters to the churches, you will find yourself in one of those letters. That's a whole series right there. And that could be a warning to you if you find yourself in the wrong church in the wrong letter. You need to move your letter. That's right. Amen. Not from here. Because you're not going anywhere. Praise the Lord. I got the FBI watching you all the time. And. But you'll find yourself in the in the mindset of the kind of people, the mindset they had in each one of the churches, everywhere. I'll just say this as a side note, everywhere they were doing good. The Lord Jesus Christ said, I commend this. But where they were off and they were off in your thinking, they were off in your doctrine. They were off in their their morality, everything. He dealt with them harshly, but first he told them what they were doing well. So you will find yourself in one of those mindset of one of the churches. Now let me go past that. So now here's something very interesting. When John continues to talk about this, that's revelation two and three that I was talking about. Then you come to chapter four. Chapter four through chapter 18 of revelation describes the end time seven year tribulation. Chapter four through chapter 18 describes the the tribulation in its entirety.
Pastor West: [00:46:45] Chapter one through chapter three. The church is mentioned 19 times in chapter four through chapter 18. The church is never mentioned one time. Now why is that? It's because the church isn't there. The church is with him. Amen. Amen. Now, where are we mentioned again? Where we're mentioned later after that in chapter 19. Because in 19 we come back with him at the end of the Second Coming. But there's the whole absence of the church from chapter four to chapter 18, because you're seeing what's going on on the earth in the tribulation. But you're at the marriage supper of the lamb, you're at the Woolwich seat. It's a great time for you. You're reunited with your family, you're with the Lord Jesus Christ, and you are in your you are in your, your your brand new body forever, your resurrected body forever. And those who have died and went on before us, they come back and they get their new body put all put together. People all used to say, well, I just hope I live until Jesus comes back because I wanted to be able to go out with him. Well, let me give you a little insight in that. I mean, you probably know this, but let me remind you this. Even if you even if you go by the grave when Jesus comes back, doesn't it say the dead in Christ will go first? Well, that means the ones who died first.
Pastor West: [00:48:08] He comes. He takes their spirits with him in a spirit body form. He brings them back with him to catch us up. But before he takes us up, he comes to their grave. There remains wherever they are. He takes that, puts it with the spirit. And they get a brand new body. And they get to go to heaven in a rapture first. And we're just right behind him, like, hey, I fixed a pasture. So they still get to go first. Amen. So there's just no dying. God's just cool. He's just cool from inside and out. He's always good. He's so good. He's telling you how to miss all this other stuff. Amen. Amen. So just a powerful way to diminish the people is tell them that God loves them. Teach them the gospel. If they say no, then just ask him. Are you stupid? No, I mean, that probably wouldn't be real effective, but I mean, it's just like, well, you know, when you run out of time and you care about what happens to people sometimes you got to get a little bit of both. Just like that little dog Smith Wigglesworth talked about when he was talking about demeaning authority. He said Smith said he'd go to the boss and the little little dog would come behind this woman, and he was talking about this lady that was getting on the bus.
Pastor West: [00:49:15] Smith Wigglesworth was and he says this is how authority works and this is why it don't work. He said, sometimes the little pup will follow them all the way to the bus station and she'll say, go back, baby. Go back home. Go back home. And they'll walk and they'll look behind. And that puppy, she'll go back home, go back home. And then he said, finally the woman got to the bus and got to get on the bus, and the pup was right there. And she said she looked down and she said, get it, dog? Sometimes you just have to have it. Did say fool. Amen. They'll thank you forever. Don't you think so? Amen. So 19 times you can find the church, but after four you can't find them anywhere because they're not here. We come back in chapter 19 because Jesus comes back with us to settle things on the earth. He brings the church with him. Now, how did we get there? Well, we were raptured. We were caught up in the clouds. First Corinthians 1551 and 52 says this. Behold, I tell you a mystery that we shall not all sleep, but in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this body must put on imperishable, and the mortal body must put on immortality.
Pastor West: [00:50:25] When the perishable puts on imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then it shall come to pass the saying that is written, hey, death, you've been swallowed up in victory. Amen. You've been swallowed up in victory. So this is the rapture again. This is what this is talking about at that time, those who's dead. Christ, they're going to they're going to reunited once again with their body to be a spirit body. We're going to go while we're on the web. He says he's going to come in a twinkling of an eye. I'm just a guy who does facts. Sometimes the twinkling of an eye is 1/40 of a second, so you won't have time to pray. 1/40 of one second is a twinkling of an eye. Make your decision today. If you haven't made it, decide today. Today is the day of salvation. The scripture says so. That's the rapture. Now let's finish this morning because I'm out of time. Let's go to John chapter 14 and I believe you'll enjoy this John chapter. Y'all doing okay? Is this okay? Let's finish today. John 14 one through three. El Rey. Jesus said, do not let your heart be troubled. You believe in God. Believe also in me. In my father's house are many trailer parks. It's not the revised translation, that's the reversed. Don't get mad at me. I lived in a trailer for years. There was a lot of fun. Especially, I would say, when we were washing clothes and it started spinning.
Pastor West: [00:52:12] I was on the other side of the trailer and it's anchored down. It's like she said, what's that? I said, she says, is there a tornado? I said, no, we're just washing clothes. But they got machines to put around your stomach. And I said, we're just losing weight right here. So let me change that. In my father's house are many mansions. If it were not so, he said, I would have told you. In other words, he says, I'm in the habit of telling the truth. Yeah, right. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself. And there where I am, you will be also. See, he has this thing of saying, where I am, you are. He's always with you. Remember he said where 2 or 3 are gathered here. Where's he at? Greater is he, that's where. See? He's always with you. Amen. I mean, would he marry a bride and say, I love you so much? I love you so much, but I'm going to leave you for seven years, and it's going to be hell down there. And I hope you survive. Don't. Don't start liking seafood, because there won't be many days. There won't be any. But now I love you. I love you, I love you, I love you.
Pastor West: [00:53:24] Watch out for meteors. But no, darling, I love you. So if you want to go through the trip, I guess if I can't talk you out of it. And. I go to prepare a place for you? Does that sound like wedding talk to you? It does to me. You know why it was. Jesus was teaching this to a Jewish person. To a Jewish young man. He understood that Jesus was describing a Jewish wedding ceremony. This is what Jesus described as a Jewish wedding ceremony. Now, so the word phrase I shall receive you to myself is the same Greek word that we read in Matthew 2442 41, where one is taken and one is left. Remember that Scripture mean it means to take to joy one to join oneself. The Greek words para limbo or para limbo. So every Jewish boy understood that Jesus is talking about a Jewish wedding ceremony, and but the Bible is actually talking. Jesus is talking to you about the rapture, what he's talking to you about. I know this gets used in the funeral, but but this is this is a really good way to share it if you're going to share it at a funeral. Here's why. There's different steps to the to the to the Jewish wedding ceremony. There were several steps to it, and I can quickly give them to you, but we won't go there. But in Genesis 24, Abraham sent his servant Eliezer to find a bride for Isaac.
Pastor West: [00:54:49] Do you remember that? And Rebecca agrees to marry Isaac, and she doesn't, and she never meets him. So step one of the Jewish wedding ceremony is this. The groom's father always chose the bride to be. He chose his son's bride, and he sent an agent to go do it. That's what Abraham did for Isaac. Step number two. When the couple meet, after the father decides who she's going to be when the couple meet, the groom has to pay a would call a bride's price, or some countries, they still do this. They pay a dowry. I know Pastor Sondergard talked about when he got married. I didn't realize that there he paid a dowry to her family for his wife. I've been on the payment plan for 40.5 years and I'm still paying. Amen. Amen. Check their mama. Check their mama. So I know I'm still paying. Because every time when we're together and she's going, she's going to go into usually Publix more than Walmart. She always says, I'll be right back. I'm going to get a couple of things. I remember when I used to believe that that she was going to go get a couple of things. Now, to a man, when you say we're going to go get a couple of things, you know, how am I going to get we're going to get a couple of things and we're not shopping. We're buying.
Pastor West: [00:56:12] We're not walking up and down saying, well, look at how where are you? Now I understand. I understand that that we get ourself in a mess. And without y'all, I understand that we couldn't even find ourselves walking around, you know, because, you know, y'all are shopping and you're looking and you're you're whatever. But we we was at a she told me this about a month ago. We was in clear at Publix and I said, just go ahead and I want the car. I got some things I can do in here, and I'm reading some things here on my phone. I'm studying. I'm reading something all the time. I don't I don't know what the top 40 is. I don't I used to know. Casey Kasem used to tell us I did that as a kid. I don't. Is probably not even alive. Surely he's not. He'd be 184 years old. He was alive. I mean, he was borrowing oxygen when I was here. I mean, you know, and I was listen to him. So she. She was gone for about 40 minutes. I knew there was more than two things. So she comes out pushing this whole buggy. And so I get out the car and I pop the trunk. And about 20 foot behind her, there's this. There's this young boy, and he's pushing this buggy and and I'm looking to see who he's following. He's following my wife and and all I said to her, I didn't say nothing.
Pastor West: [00:57:19] I said, hey, as they were coming to the car, I said, are you with her? He said, I said, yeah, I knew it a couple of things. And she said they had some really good sales and she said, I saved this much money. Now I work retail all my life. You don't save near as much as they tell you that you save. I know in retail they can tell you this normally is whatever the normally means. I can set it up to say anything. I want to say what it normally was. That means normally we would like to get this if we could find someone a fool enough to buy it. So we just said we could just say normally like this, and we're taking 70% off of it in the industry that I was in for covering, you know, mostly back then it was more carpet than it is hard tile or laminate floors back then. They always run sales. So, you know, get carpet now the best time. Free padding, free installation. Well, I have sold millions of dollars of floor covering, but I have never bought pad free and I've never had an installer work free. So I'm like, man, they must have some really nice folks work with them. Free help. You know, Nathan, I'm sure you got people just working for you all the time, because the bottom line is they're just there to help you.
Pastor West: [00:58:21] That's right. So you just have to find the right employees. Matthew, you've been fishing out the wrong pool. Yeah, they're just there just to please mister Nathan. That's all they're there to do. Now, I don't know how come you all got me off on all that, but. So the groom eats, he pays the dowry, and then this is what actually happened. They spoke words of covenant, and they sealed the covenant with a glass of wine. In the covenant. They were betrothed. They weren't actually married, but legally they were. They were betrothed, but it had not yet been consummated with the wedding yet. So he meets his bride to be. They meet. He pays the father the dowry. They speak words of covenant. They seal it with wine. He leaves the house. The wedding doesn't take place yet. Now notice. Notice the cross over. Jesus left his father's house. He came to the earth. He gave his life for our sins. And then he paid the bride's price. The groom now says to the betrothed in a Jewish wedding, after sealing the covenant with a glass of wine, he tells his bride to be, I will not drink wine. I will not drink this again until I drink it with you in my father's house. And then the groom leaves. Where have you heard that before? Yeah. Third step. The groom goes back to the father's house where he builds a Hoopa.
Pastor West: [00:59:56] In a bridal chamber. A hoop is a thing that they'll stand under and say, have their wedding ceremony. And it has. And he builds a bridal chamber. This generally takes a year to do so. And so Hattie builds the hoop, which is a canopy. It's a Jewish couple stands during the wedding ceremonies. Father's house. Now, after he builds that, his father again has to come to inspect it to see if he approves of what's been built by his son. If he if he if he inspects it and gives them the approval. The father now sets the time. This is a Jewish wedding for a man. The father sets the time to go get the bride. He can't say, well, dad, on three, I'm gone. No, the father still tells you. Now you can go get your bride to bring her home for the marriage ceremony. Watch you. So he tells his son when to go back for the wedding ceremony. Nobody knows the time the son will go back. Not even the son. Only the father. At the proper time decided by the father. He tells the son to go get your bride. Once the son was given the command to go get the bride, he and his company would go through the streets with bright shining torches, blowing torch or blowing trumpets to announce his coming. What does that sound like? He generally came during the night time.
Pastor West: [01:01:27] Now. The bride never knows when it's going to come, so she has to stay in her bridal gown. She sleeps in it. And so do her bridesmaid. Man, I wouldn't want to be in someone's wedding if I had to sleep for a year. But, I mean, I have a lot of questions when I get there. Like, what did that dress look like? Well, I'm assuming she knows it takes about a year, so I don't know the ins and outs. I'm just telling you what I've known and what I've heard, what I've read and what I've studied. I don't take people's word for anything. It's like, that sounds really cool, I said, but I have to find out for myself. That's right. That's just the way I made it. I just can't preach something because someone said, this is what happened. You know, someone said, what's a hoop? And I'm like, well, how do you spell it? I had to go look at hoop and see. I mean, I know about throwing hoops, but I found that they went about doing hoops, so I need to know for myself. So the father tells the son to go get his bride. The commands given she is wearing her bridal gown, so are all her bridesmaids, and they have to have torches lit because they have to be ready at any time. So they'll be ready when he comes. 24 hours a day. She keeps the lamp ready and it's usually at night.
Pastor West: [01:02:41] Like I said, it's usually a year in the making. When the groom arrives, he takes her back to his father's house and they have a seven day wedding. That's almost like you'll be gone for seven years. Oh. So when Jesus says in John 14, I'm going to go away to my father's house, build a mansion. As surely as I go. I'm going to come back to receive you. Palumbo. I'm going to come back and take you. I'm going to come back and snatch you up. I'm going to come back and I'm going to take you out of this. Be ready. It's a picture of the rapture of the church as a Jewish man left to build a house for a year. Remember to God, a thousand days is a year. Our days are a thousand years. A thousand years is a day. So he's been gone two days. Can you imagine what your mansion is going to look like? At the Last Supper before Jesus was crucified, he made covenant with his disciples. They had they made communion with the wine and the bread. And Jesus said these words to his disciples in Matthew 2628, this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine until the day, until that day, that that day which, when I drink it new with you in my father's house.
[01:04:13] Amen. Amen. Hallelujah.
Pastor West: [01:04:17] So I'll finish where I started. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud command. With the voice of the archangel, with the trump of God. And the dead in Christ shall rise first. After that we who are still alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so shall we ever be with the Lord. Can I get an Amen in the house? Amen. Praise God! Amen. I'm telling you, it's nothing but good news for you. There's no sorrow here, but it needs to put us on ready? It needs to not only put you on ready, but it needs to put you on busy. Who would you want to be here on the earth for seven years? No. We have a story to tell. We're going to do it in love. But we got to be bolder. And we. And we got to understand there's not much time left to work. There's not much time. Elliott said when we receiving the offering, we have some time left. We have some time for preparation time. There's still some things we got to do, but we got to pick the pace up. The enemy pulled his hand. He said, I'm going to go this. I'm going to go trigger this thing. Our thing is we're going to the Iran is set for years. We want to annihilate them. We want to annihilate who? Who? Therefore we want death to America.
Pastor West: [01:05:31] We want every American person to die. We want America to go away, and we want to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Now we don't wrestle with flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers. So who actually is telling you that? The enemy himself. He says, I hate God and I hate Israel, and I hate Jerusalem, and I'm anti everything he is. I'm anti Christ, and there will be an Antichrist. That is the seven year tribulation. It's broken into 42, three and a half year sections. The first is called the the tribulation, the second is called the Great Tribulation. You say what's the difference? It's tribulation all the way through. But the last, the last three and a half years, the intensity is so bad that if once he didn't come back before the end of the 42 months, no man could stand it. When it comes on the scene, when the Antichrist comes on the scene, which he can't come on the scene until you're here. That's why you see everything coming together. That's why you see war coming together. That's why you see Israel being attacked. That's why you see the homeland. All the Jews who's been scattered out through a whole that now have now come back to their homeland. What are they getting ready for? They're getting ready for the Ezekiel 38 wars. What they're getting ready for.
Pastor West: [01:06:43] There'll be such chaos on the on the world. And can you imagine what the news is going to be like after we're gone? I mean, try to explain that on CNN. Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba. So the Antichrist, he'll come. He'll come as a man of peace. I don't know if he'll be the peace for the whole 42 months, but he'll come as a man of peace. He'll come. Be eloquent. He won't come as some sadistic madman. He'll come. He'll be eloquent in speech. He'll be well refined. And he'll seem to have a peaceable solution for every problem on the face of the earth. And then that's where he will draw people to himself. What does he want? He wants control of the entire planet. He'll never get control of the entire planet. Actually, he'll. He'll fight wars against those. Who's against him? He'll have war in his own war of those who fight against him. But his game will be to control the entire world. He still thinks he's going to win this thing. He still thinks he's got a hand in this thing. He still thinks that he can get there. So he'll do this. So he'll. He'll be this diplomat. He'll come and he'll have solutions. And then to buy and sell, you're going to have to make decisions. Are you going to take the mark? Are you going to do this? You're going to do that.
Pastor West: [01:07:48] But the end of the 42 months, you'll walk back into the temple and he'll say, no more sacrifices. He says, actually, I his tune will change. He says, actually I'm him. And he says, what you worship from now on is me. And they'll like, oh, and then he'll have war on his hands. That last 42 months, even the first 42 months, no one on the planet has ever seen the horrific living conditions ever, ever in the existence of mankind. I know that you're saved if you're here. But even if you're not saved, today is the day of salvation. And I want you to know that today is the day that you can you can know that you know. How do you escape these things? How do you make sure that you're you're not here? All you do is you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you haven't made that decision, if you're watching, you're listening. In another time, you're in another country. We broadcast over 40 countries. If you don't know with assurance that you're born again. I don't mean that you had a perfect A grade last week that you don't ever think, right. I'm talking about do you know Jesus? Have you asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior? Have you asked him to come into your heart and to be your living Lord and living Savior? If you've done that, your name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life.
Pastor West: [01:09:10] And if the rapture happens this afternoon, you're going to go to meet Jesus in there just like that. And so you shall ever be with him. At the end of seven years, he comes back on the white horse and the Bible says, we all come with him. So giddy up. If you don't like courses, you're going to learn too. I mean, can you imagine all the attempts that people go to the different planets, whatever, rockets and all this kind of stuff? But you're actually like, you know what NASA can't do? You're going to do on a horse. I mean, they're like, well, we got this. We got it. I know there's people like, they've never been to the moon and all that. And maybe they had I don't, I don't know and I don't care. I don't even want to have that discussion. I could care at my age. I could care less about stuff like that. I mean, when I hear about all that, all I want to do is go eat Mexican food and forget about it. But I can tell you this whether they went or not, we're going to do it in space on a horse like NASA's, like we was trying to get it. What's the trajectory and what do y'all do for oxygen? And when you got to the ozone layer, it's like, I don't know. We just kept saying giddy up.
Pastor West: [01:10:20] We're just following our commander in chief. Then we got them here with them, like. And here's all here's all the countries that's arrayed around Little Jerusalem. And if Jesus didn't come on that day, she'll be gone. It'll look like all hope for her is gone, and it will be the countries that surround her, which will be Iran and probably Iraq. Turkey for sure. Syria, Russia, all of them will come to destroy little bitty Israel. Little bitty Jerusalem. But all of a sudden, you and I come back with the King of kings and the Lord of Lords, and we say, not so. And the blood will flow. And the Bible says, the blood will flow for 184 miles to the height of the bridle of a horse. If you do any study, you can look at Joe stuff. Joe Mars stuff on the end time things. The birds, for now have been migrating. Over 184 species of birds or so have been flocking into Israel for the last two decades. Don't even know why they're all there. It's the setup because the Bible says the birds, the vultures are the clean up crew for all the dead bodies of those who will be laying in the streets for hundreds of miles out of the Ezekiel 38 war. And then we'll have a new heaven and new earth, and we'll live with him forever. There so be it. In Jesus name, Amen. God bless you.