Monday, August 25, 2014

Hitler's Nightmare: Part 1 of 5

Dr. David R. ReaganPDFBy

Could Nazi Germany happen here in America?

The question posed is one I have often asked people, and the answer I have always received is a resounding, "NO!"

The reasons given usually include such things as:

  • America's strong Christian heritage.
  • Our nation's commitment to freedom and liberty — both in our constitution and in practice for over two centuries.
  • The high level of education and civilized culture that characterizes our nation.

Those are good reasons, and on the surface, they seem invincible. But they are not.

We need to remind ourselves that pre-Nazi Germany had a strong Christian heritage. It was, in fact, the heartland of the Reformation Movement.

Germany also contained a highly educated and erudite population, and was a land of literary giants and scientific geniuses. It was, in fact, one of the most advanced civilizations on earth.

And Germany also had a democratic government. In fact, Hitler was elected to power.

The Trigger

So, what happened? The nation's economy was destroyed by World War I and the draconian reparations Germany was required to pay after the war. Racked by a runaway inflation and widespread joblessness, the German economy created the kind of despair that will motivate people to seek desperate solutions.

Our nation is a sitting duck for the same type of peaceful transition to the form of totalitarian dictatorship that Hitler instituted.

Just think about it for a moment.


In the 1960s we began to jettison our Christian heritage. It happened quickly and decisively, and it continues to accelerate to this day. The culture war has been won by the secularists and pagans, and we can no longer claim to be a "Christian nation." Without the inhibitions of Christian morality, the demons have been let loose. And so, on a daily basis, we witness senseless killings and gross immorality.

Churches have gotten in bed with the world, endorsing such biblical abominations as homosexuality and same-sex marriage. And they have surrendered to the demands of "tolerance" by embracing such heresies as "many roads to God." Polls show that the number of Bible-believing Christians in America is no greater than 9%. The Church has ceased to be a restrainer of evil.

Our level of education is certainly very high, but we have kicked God out of our educational institutions from the pre-school to the graduate level. The result is a pagan education that teaches our children that there is no God and that they are simply the accidents of evolution. In short, they are being taught that they are nothing more than a higher species of animal, and they are acting like it.

Our culture is becoming increasingly depraved. Immorality is being encouraged by our governments, and it is being celebrated in our movies and television programs. Hedonism and materialism are the driving forces in our culture. The dollar has become our god.

Our democratic heritage is also being rapidly undermined by the centralization of power in the national government and its ever-increasing welfare programs. More and more people are becoming wards of the state, and when it comes to voting, their only concern is which candidate will promise to give them the most "free stuff."

Our governmental leaders, particularly at the national level, have become so corrupt that we can no longer believe anything they have to say.

Our nation is becoming increasingly polarized. The two coasts are battling the center of the country. The young are fed up with having to support our exploding class of senior citizens. Blacks and Hispanics are at each other's throats. Pagans continue to try to silence Christians.

In the second part of this series on Hitler's Nightmare, I'll identify what the spark could be that would set off a second American civil war.


Billy said...

Could the events of Nazi Germany happen here? Yes. Liberal left wing faithful are the Nazis of today.

They believe in "the State" aka big government control over your life via "cradle to grave" entitlements.

They believe in dictatoral action (they support Obama's unconstitutional "executive orders").

They force their views upons others through "political correctness". Disagree and you are villified via labels such as "homophobe", "racist", "intolerant", "sexist", etc.

They control the "indoctrination centers" thoughout America. These used to be known as schools.

They have an ememy to blame for what they see is wrong with America and that is Christians. Good is evil, evil is good. If there is a Holocaust in America it will be the detainment and/or slaughter of Christians this time.

I could continue but I think I've made my point.

Anonymous said...

It has already happened: watch the 1985 documentary Broken Rainbow directed by Victoria Mudd. It is about the injustices against Native Americans. Example: The Long Walk/Navajo 1864 forced 8,000 to walk 300 miles. Hitler held an interest in the way U.S./ Britian denied true citizenship of natives. Look at history...can it happen? Yes -it has and will again.

Anonymous said...


Not to deny or diminish your post but there are two sides to that.

I've read many historical first-hand accounts of friendly peaceful settlers that were brutally and savagely slaughtered by Indians. These were people trying to befriend them and live peacefully and the Indians massacred them in gory inhuman manners.

There are just as many bad stories about slaughters of Indians, too. But this is NOT a racial thing. Indians killed Indians before the whites ever got here.

This is a issue of evil human beings regardless of race or color.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 2 is right.
This is the dispensation of God’s Grace for Jew and Gentile to find salvation in Jesus Christ. Many vile things will continue until the times of the gentiles is complete. Repentance is for individuals within nations, not the nations themselves. The U.S. is just another gentile nation that will be judged along with all the others.
Christians are not a nation; they are the body of Christ whose citizenship is in heaven, not on earth.
Scaremongering, sensationalizing rhetoric from self proclaimed ‘prophets’to make a buck.

Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus.

Nathan Jones said...

Exactly who is making a buck?

Get your head out of the sand! If America and other Western nations are facing the same scenario as '30s Germany did, then we have to learn from history, not mock the circumstances.

Anonymous said...

Anon#1 here. I agree evil I and hate have been done by all kinds of people. My point was that it can happen in America and we need to realize it is very near. We are speaking of America because we live here and our nation does participate in the world. If gone what then? If destroyed or compromised who speaks out in a voice for justice. America has changed since Native American times but we have also changed in these last days. Just look at our culture. My comment was really just to say we could, can, and most likely will see great sorrows. In love to all. I see all your views and voices as from hearts of passion. God Bless!

Billy said...

Anon who said "Scaremongering, sensationalizing rhetoric from self proclaimed ‘prophets’to make a buck."

If you are implying anyone at L&L has proclaimed they are a prophet it's news to me and I'm been following them for many years.

If you know anything about the coming Tribulation you must know it is impossible to talk about the near future without mentioning some very scary, disturbing, horrifying things. This isn't "Scaremongering, sensationalizing rhetoric...", it is fact.

Anonymous said...

“Exactly who is making a buck?

Get your head out of the sand! If America and other Western nations are facing the same scenario as '30s Germany did, then we have to learn from history, not mock the circumstances.”

The guys making the bucks who get payment for their ‘prophecies’ by selling their wares in the temple of the fearful.
Our heads are to be stuck in the pages of the Bible where we are told to stir up our faith in His wonderful promises, not just read but actually apply those promises.
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world. 1John4:4
Whatsoever things are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy. Meditate on these things. Phil4:8

That means put your hope, faith and trust in God who is in sovereign control of everything that happens in this world. These things are tests to train us to run the race faithfully that we may win the crown of one who has despised the world and its shame and reckoned themselves dead to it.
Giving lip service to God’s Word then being fearful that He just might not be in control after all is the mockery. Try learning from his-story, quit being fearful of what is coming to test us. Believe and know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purposes Rom8:28
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended, but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.Phil 3:13

The circumstances the church should be concerned about are how she answers at the judgment seat of Christ. ‘What works did you do in the Spirit” asks Jesus ‘Well we told it like it was of course, be afraid, be very afraid. Oh yes Jesus, you did mention it 365 times ‘do not fear’ but these were exceptional circumstances, we thought you needed some help to put the fear of god into them’. Just how does inducing fear in what the world has got coming to it help us train for the task Christ has for us when He sets up His kingdom on earth?

Teach, teach, teach the promises inscribed within the inerrant Scriptures; encourage to take eyes off the world and onto the coming Kingdom and eternity where we need to be trained up for. We are meant to get all our senses off the world and fixate solely on reading and applying the word to our daily lives as we await His return for the church.

2Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world.

Come quickly Lord Jesus.

Anonymous said...


Dr Reagan mentions certain prophets in his article. which is not about the Tribulation and its horrors, he is claiming this before then. When the Tribulation hits, it wont be another Hitler the unsaved will have to worry about, no sir, the Antichrist will make him look pleasant in comparison.
When the church is removed from earth, those left will be in the most wretched fear. but the church, as I write above has a different agenda with great hope in our hearts.

Anonymous said...

To save you searching in 2 of 5 by Dr. Reagan
Prophetic Voices
God has also sent the prophetic voices calling the nation to repentance and warning of impending judgments. The first major voice to be anointed was that of Dave Wilkerson, who told in the 1970s about his vision of New York City burning.
In recent years the prophetic voices have been greatly multiplied and magnified because we as a nation have dug in our heels and refused to repent.
In previous issues of the Lamplighter magazine we have focused on two of the prophetic voices God has anointed to call us to our senses — Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn (May-June 2013) and Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress (November-December 2013). You can find both of these issues on our website.

No God appointed prophets here!

Come quickly Lord Jesus, the church is going crazy.

Billy said...

Anon who said to me (Billy) "Dr Reagan mentions certain prophets in his article..."

Two points I have to make (as you are correct):

1. In previous posts I have myself said that I am not comfortable with calling people prophets who are prophesing things not specifically Biblical in nature. I have myself said I disagree with, for example, Dr. Reagan's habit of using Dave Wilkerson's "prophecies" since I see them as "extra-Biblical" in nature. So we agree on this.

2. Dr. Reagan was talking about a Hitler-type dictator rising in America which is not really Bible prophecy. So I stand corrected on that, too. HOWEVER, as a separate subject of speculation aside from the Tribulation, I DO agree with Dr. Reagan that such a scenario IS very possible in the U.S. Our current president in our current national and worldly state is in perfect position to become that first American dictator.

Billy said...

To Anon who said "Giving lip service to God’s Word then being fearful that He just might not be in control after all is the mockery."

Remember, Anonymous, we are HUMAN BEINGS! That means we have a built in God given feeling called FEAR.

What do you have to say about the disciples who had our Lord Jesus WITH THEM when a storm suddenly arose at sea and they were afraid of dying? Did they not show FEAR though the Lord was RIGHT THERE IN THEIR PRESENCE???!!!

What do you have to say about the disciples who ran and hid when Jesus was taken away to be sent to His crucifixtion? Did they not show FEAR again???!!!

HUMANS GET SCARED no matter how strong your faith is. After we are in our eternal bodies THEN we won't have fear anyomore. Until then, give people who make experience fear a break and stop being so judgemental!!!

Billy said...

Additionally, Anonymous, being afraid is NOT necessarily equalivent to saying God is not in control.

You can know God is in control yet still experience fear, a normal, natural human emotion.

Anonymous said...

Brave Billy – yes, you are!
Fear is a healthy, human reaction to a danger of some kind. Dad grabs his kids hand to cross a busy road because the kid sees no danger and has no fear in his fathers company...need I say more?
Trust, utter trust, in Gods Word as ‘There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.’ 1John4:18

When the disciples saw the absolute Love of God pinioned to the cross, their fear was won over by His open arms, instead of running in terror, their faithful preaching of the Gospel took no thought of present terrors. Their eyes were fixed on the future kingdom and eternity and fear was put to flight because they did abide in the Vine. That is, if we also abide in the Vine?[John 15] God wants his children to grow up into spiritual maturity and trust what He commands and promises in Scripture. That is how our rewards are won.

It is my understanding that the removal of the church from this fallen world has always been imminent, that is to say, potentially at any moment Christ can come, then the future seven years will be the Tribulation whoever runs the politics. It seems to me that Dr. Reagan does not favor imminency as speculations about tomorrow are not necessary as God has told us all he wants us to know.

[Take therefore no thought of the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself: Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof: Mat.6:34]

It would seem that Jesus was wrong according to Dr. Reagans forthtelling?

All the gifts are to build up the church, not reduce her to faithless trembling and ‘what ifs’. You are right to doubt the so called prophesies of David Wilkerson; his perception of the prophetic gift, was very wrong. Even if a so called prophecy came true, but it wasn’t in line with Scripture, then that is extra-biblical for sure and is patently false.
With respect, may I suggest you do a word search on what God says about fear and faithlessness. Those in authority who resort to unscriptural teaching will have a much harder time at the judgment seat of Christ, so many won awards will be lost because of failure to keep to God’s commands rather favoring mens inferior opinions.
You and I will always agree when each of us adhere to the mind of Christ, not our own reasoning.

Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.
So I shall say no more about the spiritually unhealthy quality of this unbiblical view before vanity reacquaints itself with me.
Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus.

Billy said...

Anon said "So I shall say no more..."

I hope you do.

Billy said...

My last post needs clarification...

It's not "I hope you do say more" it's "I hope you stick to your comment and stay silent".

Nathan Jones said...

Anonymous, you misunderstand when Dr. Reagan talks about modern-day prophets.

The gift of prophecy is not the same today as it was when the Apostle John completed Revelation. Today, people with the spiritual gift of prophecy have a passion to share the Good News of Jesus Christ's salvation with others in the time we have left. They also can discern what the Bible is talking about concerning the end times. They cannot predict what the future is, as God has already given us a full account of what will occur in the Bible.

While Acts 2:17 shows the early Church fulfilled Joel 2:28's prophecy of the miraculous gifts, Joel was clearly talking about the Day of the Lord which has yet to come. Seems these gifts are coming back stronger we get closer to the Lord's return, and will fully culminate during the upcoming 7-year Tribulation. I believe if there is a return of the prophetic gift in that real prophecies are being made, it's reserved for the Tribulation Saints after the Church has been removed.

Men that call the nation to repentance are firmly rooted on sound biblical ground.

Billy said...


Your comments about weren't directed to me but I did say I have not been on board with Dr. Reagan calling Dave Wilkerson a prophet.

Even at a website you once linked to, "Who's Who in Bible Prophecy", gives Wilkerson a "+/-" which means "Generally agrees with a pre-tribulation rapture of the Church, future 7-year tribulation period and 1000-year reign of Jesus Christ on earth. May have controversial viewpoints on other Bible prophecy topics."

Wilkerson is described as "Late founder and pastor of Times Square Church in New York, he was best known for his popular book "The Cross and the Switchblade". He was also a prominent predictor of end-time events, and a very sincere promoter of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sadly, many of his numerous doomsday predictions never came true. Beginning in the 1970s, he consistently wrote about the destruction of America. Though many turned to him for prophetic wisdom, many were left confused over his prophetic predictions vs. Bible prophecy. Wilkerson was known to avoid Bible prophecy topics, rather suggesting a "pan-rapture" theology, meaning "if we trust in Jesus, it will all pan out."

Dr. Reagan gets a "+" reating on this site which means "Teaches a pre-tribulation rapture of the Church, future 7-year tribulation period and 1000-year reign of Jesus Christ on earth. May teach differing viewpoints on other Bible prophecy topics. Generally sound."

Dr. Reagan is described as "One of the nicest people you'll ever meet, he is a foremost Bible prophecy expert. He is founder of Lamb & Lion Ministries, and host of the national television program, "Christ in Prophecy." He publishes the monthly magazine "Lamplighter," and offers outstanding resources on Bible prophecy topics at He is a respected scholar, teacher, author, publisher and captivating conference speaker."

Since they got it so right about Dr. Reagan and others like Dennis Pollack and Donald Perkins, etc. then I have to respect their rating system.

I'm not trying to be negative about Mr. Wilkerson who is now celebrating eternity in Heaven with Our Lord, I'm just saying I don't buy into his prophecies completely.

That being said, I KNOW I can say Mr. Wilkerson was likely a better Christian role model and man than I could ever hope to be.

Anonymous said...

Nathan. Israel is the only nation that has an eternal covenant with God,it is they, as a nation who are called to repentance, this will occur at the end of the seven years and national Israel will return to God. Today, those Jews who believe in Messiah are members of Christ's body, the church. Physical Israels time is to come when Jesus returns bodily to set up his promised kingdom on earth, that is physically. Those claiming he is ruling now spiritually are teaching Gnosticism in the truest sense.

Gentile nations have nothing to repent of as they dont have a covenant to return to. Even the new covenant is made with Israel, the church will not have a land that is promised to Israel. Elijah will come to Israel to turn the children back to the fathers.

Repentance is for all those who are believers in all nations, the nations themselves are called to salvation through the Gospel of Christ, not repentance from any break of a covenant. Before a person can repent, there has to be something to repent from. Certainly not sin, as many say, because Jesus was our substitute on the cross, he died for the guilt of the sin of the whole world, the original sin of Adam, that is, that’s why all sin, because we are born spiritually dead, separated from God’s holy spirit. That’s why Christians sin, cant help it, we are all sinners saved by Gods grace not works of repentance. Read the epistles of John, he tells it plainly. Especially anyone who says they do not sin are liars and the truth is not in them. [paraphrase]
Tell me where are the Scriptures that says men are raised to call nations to repentance? No, believers within all nations are called to repentance, not the unsaved national governments.

Only the New Testament Prophets had the ministry of a prophet, their God given prophecies helped write the New Covenant Scriptures. That ministry ended with the death of John, the final new Covenant Prophet. The gift of prophecy is for any who desire it according to Paul. They are ‘prophets’ with a little p, and must be backed by what is actually written in Scripture by the chosen Prophets of Christ.

Too many listen to their own subjective feelings and sort of coincidences of events in their lives. Feelings have a place, but they must, they must concur with what is written otherwise they are lying to themselves and others.
Only when the Body is Perfect, that is, completed when the last soul is saved and the Rapture occurs, when we see Jesus we shall be like Him. It is then the gifts will no longer be required. So I don’t see Scripture saying the gifts are ended, just that there are no more forthtelling Prophets because the canon was completed with the Revelation.

Carefull study of Scripture with exegesis using grammar, and history and read normally, not with picture language will reveal what is expected of the prophet today. One book I think is helpful to scout through is called ‘The Gift of Prophecy’ Wayne Grudem. He is most helpful pointing out the relevant Scriptures.

Extra thought. Joel was not fulfilled by the church, read it carefully, too many events did not happen, it is as you say, the Joel prophecy will be fulfilled at the moment of physical Israels repentance just a bit before Jesus returns to remnant Israels request.

Sorry Billy to not fulfil your hope, but I needed to reply to Nathan. Now I’m done.
Come quickly Lord Jesus

Nathan Jones said...

Where in the Bible does it say that God only called Israel to national repentance? Anonymous, what nation did both Jonah and Nahum get sent by God to? Assyria. What was their message? National repentance. The Minor Prophets are filled with scores of calls from God for the repentance of nations not Israel and Judah.

I personally would never go so far as to say somebody is a modern day prophet, but such people are fully within the bounds of biblical teachings to call nations to national repentance. Nations are not just their governments, but the people who comprise them.

Anonymous said...

Nathan.That was before the cross in the Old Testament; this is the same error Billy did not recognise that fear ran away screaming before the cross but courage came after the cross. Before God gave the law to Israel on Sinai. Since then, where does God insist on national repentance under the New Covenant. God doesn't destroy the saved with the lost. Discipline certainly, done with His overwhelming grace. And the sins of the fathers are no longer visited upon the children when every man did what seemed right in his own eyes. Salvation is for the whosoever will may come.

So many today are confusing the old with the new Covenant and Israel with the Church. Time markers and context are severely underrated today. Such as the so called raising up of the 144000 , believe me, these would be going up with the Church not going through the Tribulation to bear loyal witness.

Billy said...



Anonymous said...

WhatEva? are you stuck fighting in a corner you will defend to your last breathe [WhatEva] Scripture says?
That is a tragic reaction when considering the closeness of the hour when deceptions are getting worse and craftier every second, all done by wolves in sheeps clothing, you know, the nicest and kindest people who are positing the thoughts of men and the devil. It takes our eyes off hope, love, trust, faith to help make us strong in the faith, to become spiritually mature children of God to ready us for the task He wants us to do in the coming kingdom as well as in eternity. We must make every effort to deny the old sin nature fleshman, and run with the newman toward the upward calling.

Please consider carefully that the verses I have given are not my opinions, that is to say, they are the very words of God Himself which do not support the thinking behind this extra Biblical drama which is a vain attempt at being seen to be 'prophetic'.
The ‘prophetic’ is gathering an ever wider fan base while claiming it is by the Holy Spirit. No, no, God commands us not to go beyond what is written 1Cor4:6. Because the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it. Jer 9:17; Matt.15:9 Yes, that includes the heart of the believer, it is the old sin nature that still wars against us until we are finally perfected in the flesh as well as the spirit at the Rapture.

Comparing Scripture with Scripture with faithful obedience to Christ’s commands is the only acceptable way with God. Jesus said “If you love Me, keep My commandments” John14:15.

I do hope you at least read the verses I have given, because you are punching above your weight if you think you can get away with ambivalent scorn against Gods written directive when you give account to Jesus.
Ignore and be damned? [whatEva]. That’s the attitude of a rebellious teenager. I truly hope that is not the case.
He is coming.

Anonymous said...

[ Before God gave the law to Israel on Sinai.] concerned differences in dispensations, meant to delete.

Billy said...


You've appointed yourself the judge of us all, please just go do it somewhere else...


My last ever reply to you ever. I'm not getting baited by you anymore.

Anonymous said...

Advise reading all of Matt 7.
Judging people and their personal life is God's job alone.

Jesus commands Righteous judging between truth and error contrary to His Scriptures.

Anonymous said...

Billy, reflecting on 1Cor 13 I have become uncharitable and apologise.
Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus

Anonymous said...

you may be trying to create conflict that does not exist.
blacks and hispanics are not at each others made no mention of whites who are not exempt from racism. it seems that this is the is where racism really originates.

Debra J.M. Smith said...

Sad, but very true.

Bonnie said...

Everyone do yourselves a favor and
read The Harbinger Fact or Fiction by David James.

In Mr. Cahn's book The Harbinger his proposed recise matches do not actually exist.

Min Shimron said...

Some people here are forgetting that Jesus rebuked the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Scribes for not knowing the signs of the times. They should have known that the time had come for their Messiah to come to save Israel, but they were not looking for Messiah nor recognize Him when He came to the Earth. If we do not recognize the signs of the times, we too may be found unprepared for His coming and suffer the consequences. David Reagan is a faithful watchman on the wall, warning Christians to repent of their selfish and rebellious living, and be prepared to meet our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Could it be that the parable of the 10 virgins in Matt 25 was referring to those who are prepared and those who are not prepared for the Bridegrooms return? Remember, all 10 virgins were waiting for Christs return, BUT only 5 were PREPAARED to meet Him. Could it be that those who are not prepared, even though they are Christians will be left behind because they were too busy living selfishly,willfully ignorant, apathetic, complacent lives, not even thinking about the Rapture, or preparing for Christ's return for His Bride? I'm NOT saying that this is the scenario, just thinking out loud.

Regardless, Jesus said, "You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him." Luke 12:40.

"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."
Luke 21:36. This was a warning to Christians, and so it appears that Jesus is saying that not ALL Christians will escape the things He just mentioned, only those who are accounted worth to escape them.

Anonymous said...

I agree with this entire article with the exception of one comment.
I don't see Blacks and Hispanics fighting against each other.

It seems to me that they both are against the whites(the ones with the racist attitudes)

Nathan Jones said...

Min Shimron, the incorrect idea that only those who are especially deep in their relationship with the Lord and are eagerly anticipating His return and so have “earned” being participants in the Rapture is called the Partial Rapture Theory.

Jesus did all the saving work on the cross, cleansing all believers, making us appear holy before God. No amount of Tribulation suffering will make us "more holy" before the Father. If a person is truly saved, and only God knows, then they are a member of the Church. Since Jesus returns for His Bride the Church, then that person would be raptured. Each of us live a life in the process of sanctification, and for some it’s harder than others. Good thing Christ’s blood has covered our sins and made us pure before the Father.

Some have pointed to the Rapture being partial from Jesus in Matthew 25 in His Parable of the Ten Virgins. This story is about the Bride of Christ (the Church of 2 Corinthians 11:2) being prepared for the Rapture and subsequent Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Jesus). This parable goes with what Jesus stressed in His teachings concerning the end times. Over and over Jesus told His disciples to be ready for His return at any moment (Matt. 24:44). Jesus used the Parable of the Ten Virgins to illustrate this point.

Five of the ten virgins (not brides but friends) were not ready when the bridegroom came and were thus left behind. "Be on the alert, then," Jesus warned, "for you do not know the day nor the hour" (Matt. 25:1-13). On another occasion, Jesus put it this way, "Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps alight... for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect" (Lk. 12:35, 40). While the virgins left behind may have had a form of godliness, they were not saved and so did not qualify to be members of the Church and therefore participate in the Rapture.

Anonymous said...

Nathan “Some have pointed to the Rapture being partial from Jesus in Matthew 25 in His Parable of the Ten Virgins. This story is about the Bride of Christ (the Church of 2 Corinthians 11:2) being prepared for the Rapture and subsequent Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Jesus).”

Read in context this view is found wanting by a number of Bible scholars.
From the Thomas Ice collection in the Pre-Trib Research Center
An interpretation of Matthew 24-25. #37
“____One of the first issues that should be recognized is that the parables and teachings in Matthew 25 are a continuation of the flow of the previous chapter. Jesus has not totally shifted gears and started speaking about something totally new when He enters this section. This means that these parables are related to Israel, (not the church), her first century rejection of His Messiahship, and the coming spoken of here relates to the second coming and judgment that will take place upon Christ' s arrival. Stanley Toussaint explains as follows:
This parable as well as the next one deals with the Jews in the tribulation period. This is seen from various facts. The context favors this view (Matthew 24:3, 8, 14, 15, 30, 31, 33, 42, 44, 47, 51). The subject being discussed is the end time, the final years before the kingdom is established. At the time the church will be absent from the earth. Therefore this section deals with a Jewish period of time.____“