I COME AS A THIEF
A man cannot be a podiatrist and trim your toe corns without
passing an examination to prove that he is competent to provide this service.
But, any fool can become a legislator, and a lot of fools do become one.
Consequently our laws, as a rule, are the products of unskilled labor. In trying
to draft a statute, it isn't too difficult to word it so that anybody who is
trying in good faith can understand it. The big problem is to word it so that
somebody who is trying in bad faith, to misunderstand it, can't do so.
We have a somewhat similar problem with the Bible. Somehow,
no matter how plainly the Bible states something, it is always possible for some
little sect to pick some verse out of context, and manage to completely
misinterpret it and then make it a principal doctrine and off they go. We are
going to learn about one of these doctrines.
Today, some of our major churches don't really believe in the
return of Yahshua. They don't require their ordained ministers to claim that
they believe they believe Yahshua is actually returning. Even those who do
believe it, can get some surprising differences of doctrine about this subject.
As to what the return of Yahshua will be like, there is a good deal about this
subject in the Bible and it seems to me to be pretty clear. I want you to learn
what some of the churches have done with this information.
Confusion has arisen because in Revelation 16: 15
Yahshua says, "Behold, I come as a thief." When a thief, or burglar,
breaks into your house and steals something, ordinarily we don't catch him in
the act, he gets away without us seeing him. Because of this short passage, some
churches teach Yahshua is coming back but nobody will know He is here.
From the word, "Behold I come as a thief," there is
the obvious inference that Yahshua's coming will not be observed in sufficient
time. This is very different from saying that He is going to come and go, and
nobody will know He has been here. If somebody tells you that a thief can stand
right in front of you and you can look right through him because he is
invisible, you wouldn't be fooled by that a minute. Yet, this is what some of
these sects teach, as to the return of Yahshua.
Some of these sects teach there will be, not only a second
coming of Yahshua, but even a third. They teach He is really coming the first
time just to collect His church, His elect, to resurrect some of the dead and
translating some of the living. Then Yahshua and His church are going to flee
from the world and leave Satan in triumphant possession of the earth for three
and a half years.
You might get this out of some fiction story, but you can't
get this out of the Bible, not if you honestly read it. These sects know that
Yahshua is coming back; He is going to collect those who are worthy, the elect.
He is also going to judge the whole world. These are supposed to be two separate
and distinct times.
One group even says that Yahshua has already been here and
gotten His elect. When they say this, they are confessing they themselves are
not of the elect because they are still around. They also can't point to any
sudden and mysterious disappearance of some of their church congregation either.
Apparently nobody in the group made it.
What does the Bible really say on this subject? When we find
this simile, of stealthily coming as a thief used by Yahshua, He always uses it
in such a way as to make it perfectly clear that if you don't notice it in time,
it is your own fault for not being on the alert looking for Him.
Matthew 24:42-44 warns us, "Watch therefore: for
ye know not what hour Yahshua doth come. But know this, that if the good men of
the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched,
and would not have suffered his house to broken into. Therefore be ye also
ready: for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh."
Is there anything in these Bible verses from which you could
get the inference that His coming is going to be invisible? Nothing that I can
see. It is very plain, if you are on the alert, you will observe His coming, if
you aren't alert, it is your own fault. The same emphasis upon the need to be
watchful is found in the other verses where the thief idea is used.
We come across this coming as a thief idea, in the course of
the messages to the seven churches. "And unto the angel of the church in
Sardis write, Be watchful, and strengthen the things that remain, that are ready
to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before Yahweh...If therefore thou
shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what
hour I will come upon thee." There is always perfect consistency. The only
reason we wouldn't see the thief is, that we don't know when to expect him and
we aren't watching.
Revelation 16:5 is the first verse I mentioned, the
Judeo/ Christian churches usually only quoting, "Behold I come as a
thief." Let's quote more than this one verse. "Behold I come as a
thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk
naked, and they see his shame."
Then we come to II Peter 3:10, it states,
""But the day of Yahshua will come as a thief in the night; in the
which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall
melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be
burned up." It doesn't sound quiet to me!
I Thessalonians 5:1-6 continues, "But of the
times and seasons brethren, ye have no need that I write to you. For yourselves
know perfectly that the day of Yahshua so cometh as a thief in the night. For
when they shall say. Peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them,
as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren,
are not in darkness, that the day overtake you as a thief...Therefore let us not
sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober."
There is a sentence in there that ought to be required
reading for all of our government officials. "For when they say, Peace and
safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them." No one has ever trusted
the communists in anything, not once, without being betrayed. Why should we? It
is the same old Jewish, satanic organization that has been trying to destroy
Israel for centuries.
There has been plenty of warning in the Bible that, if we
aren't ready, if we aren't watching, we may not observe the coming of Yahshua
until it is too late. What does the Bible indicate that His return will be like?
There are few prophecies in the Bible, all relating to ancient times, where a
date was set. It would say, within so many years such a thing would happen. This
is very rare; it is not the normal procedure in Bible prophecy. Normally the
Bible will give a sign that we are approaching the date when a certain prophecy
will be fulfilled, and it tells us to look for a certain sign. When we see this
sign, we know what is about to happen.
This is the rule concerning prophecies that deal with our own
time. We are told of events which will happen that will be indications the big
event is near, and if we watch, we will see the event happen. If we are
watching, the prophesied event is not going to catch us unawares.
Matthew chapter 24 tells of Yahshua and the disciples
being near the temple in Jerusalem, the big temple that Herod built.
It was a magnificent structure. The disciples were commenting
upon the magnificent building when Yahshua said, "The time is coming when
not one stone of this will be left standing upon another." When the
disciples got a chance to talk with Yahshua about it later, they asked Him about
what He had said.
Matthew 24:3 records, "And as he sat upon the
Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, tell us, when
shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of the coming and the end of
the age." The King James Bible says, end of the world, but in the Greek it
says, end of the age. This planet is going to be around for a long time yet.
Then Yahshua went on to list seven signs. When we see these
signs come to pass, we would know that Yahshua's return would soon come.
Matthew 24:5,11 tells us the first sign, false
prophets and false Christís. Mark 13:6,21 & 22 and Luke 21:8
tells us the same thing. We are getting false prophets by the carload lots in
the National Council of Churches these days; there have even been some false
Christís. Some of you have heard of the Bahai sect. They say that their
founder, who is coming back, the high ruler, is the messiah of all religions,
including those religions, which don't have any messiah. Then there is the young
Hindu boy, Jiddi Krishnamurti; they tried to tell us was the reincarnation of
Yahshua. This has fooled nobody but the Theosophists.
Matthew 24:6-7, Mark 13: 7-8, Luke 21:9-10
give the second sign. There will be wars and rumors of wars, nation rising
against nation and kingdom against kingdom. At this point Yahshua gave them an
additional warning. Don't be deceived by this, because there are going to be
wars all the time. No ordinary war is the sign of a return of Yahshua; it has to
be quite an extra-ordinary one. Yahshua said these are just the beginning of
trouble, but the end is not yet.
The fourth sign, there would be pestilence. Matthew 24:7,
Mark 13:8 and Luke 21:11.
The fifth sign, there would be earthquakes. Same verses as
for the fourth sign.
The sixth sign is something we have neither heard nor seen
for a long time. Yahshua said the gospel of the kingdom shall be preached
for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come. The Greek word
translated as end, telos, means really and emphatically the very end.
In the time of Yahshua and the original apostles, they
preached the gospel of the kingdom of Yahweh. Then, not long after Yahshua was
crucified, the kingdom gospel was forgotten and junked. All that was preached
after this time was the gospel of personal salvation. It is only within our
lifetime has there been any substantial amount of the preaching the gospel of
the kingdom of Yahweh. Note that Yahshua didn't say the gospel of the kingdom
would be preached to all nations to convert them. Quite to the contrary, this
gospel was only to be preached as a witness. This was so nobody can ask why they
weren't told about it. People will have been told and refused to accept the
The seventh sign, the last one. The abomination of desolate
standing in the holy place. The holy place, if there was ever one that could be
called this, would be the site of King Solomon's temple in Jerusalem. This site
was under the control of the Jordanian Arabs, until the 1967 war when the Jews
seized the old city of Jerusalem containing the holy places.
The Jews had been saying they were going to demolish the
Mohammedan mosque, the Dome of the Rock, which stands on the site of Solomon's
temple. They plan to rebuild a Jewish temple on the old site, saying they are
going to rebuild Solomon's temple. There have been many shipments of high grade
American marble stone, cut in Indiana and shipped over there, ready for use in
the rebuilding of the temple.
So far the Jews haven't quite had the gall to start
demolishing the Mosque of Omar, as this mosque is commonly called. If and when
they start the demolition of this mosque, the Jews aren't going to be facing
only a relatively small number of Arabs; they will be facing the whole Moslem
world. This is a very holy site to the Mohammedans, second only to Mecca. The
entire Mohammedan world will declare a holy war immediately and this is about
450 million people, or more. The abomination that brings desolation is certainly
the Jewish control of the holy place.
In Luke 21:25-35 Yahshua goes into more detail.
"And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars.
And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great
glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up
your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh...So likewise ye, when you see
these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of Yahweh is nigh at
hand...And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged
with surfeiting and drunkenness, and cares of this life, so that day should come
upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the
face of the whole earth.Ē?
How anybody can mistake the plain meaning of these signs, I
don't know. The signs are there if we will watch for them. There are a lot of
people who are going to find this time is suddenly here, before they are ready
for it, simply because they have not been watching.
There is no doubt the Bible promise that Yahshua, upon His
return, will gather His elect. The Judeo/Christian churches like to call this
the rapture of the church. Some of the dead, those few who have been selected
for this particular purpose, will be resurrected. Some of the living who have
been selected, without experiencing death, will be given their immortal bodies
just like the resurrected dead. It says we will be caught up into the air to
meet Him as He returns.
With their curious ability to misinterpret the Bible,
preachers have taken the seventy weeks period, 490 years as Daniel prophesied,
and teach that the seventieth week doesn't come after the sixty-ninth week. But,
there is a gap of over nineteen centuries between the sixty-ninth year and the
seventieth year. The Judeo/Christians garble what Daniel prophesied, so it can't
be recognized what was to happen in the seventieth week.
Then they teach that upon the return of Yahshua, who will
come first for the rapture of the church, then He will flee and let Satan take
over, without opposition, for three and a half years, some teach for seven
years. Only after this will Yahshua come back for the purpose of judgment on the
wicked. How is this for convoluted thinking?
How the church could be taken away before this period of
tribulation can't be explained, if we read the Bible. Read Mark 13:24-27
& 35-37, remember they are quoting Yahshua. "But in those days, after
that tribulation..." This refers to the great tribulation, this period of
war, and famine etc. that we would go through when the final break up of the age
Yahshua said it would be so terrible, that if Yahweh had not
shortened that period, that no flesh would remain on the earth. "But in
those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the
moon shall not give her light. And all the stars of heaven shall fall, and the
powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall he send his
angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the
uttermost part of heaven...Watch therefore: for ye know not when the
master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock crowing, or
in the morning. Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto I
say unto all, Watch."
The whole order of this is going to be the catastrophic
breakup of the age, terrible events, which don't come until we have first seen
those seven signs that Yahshua prophesied. Then will come this terrible
cataclysm and then, after that, there will be the return of
Yahshua. After we have observed His return, then He is going to gather His
elect, the real church.
In Matthew 24:37-39 & 42, Yahshua gives another
explanation of these events. "But as the days of Noah were, so shall the
coming of the Son of man be." This verse alone ought to correct the
preacher's errors. Was there a secret flood, which floated the ark away, and
nobody noticed? Then after the flood, was this the judgment? Obviously not at
Therefore, when we are told that it will be just as it was in
the days of Noah, how can they come to this curiously foolish doctrine of the
secret rapture? "But as the days of Noah were before the flood they were
eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah
entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came and took them away; so
shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Watch therefore, for ye know not
what hour your master doth come."
The Bible makes it very clear; there will be no secret
coming. The second coming will be accompanied by the most tremendous phenomena
the world has ever seen. This will be too great for even the dullest to
overlook, once it starts happening. The point is, when it occurs it is going to
be too late to get into the real elect, we have something to do first. The
return of Yahshua will be unexpected by those who have not believed and haven't
been on the watch.
Matthew 25:1-13 gives us a pretty clear illustration
of just exactly what is going to happen, in one of Yahshua's parables.
"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took
their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise,
and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil
with them: But the wise took oil in the vessels with their lamps. While the
bridegroom tarried they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry
made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those
virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said unto the wise, give us your oil; for our
lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, not so; lest there be not
enough for you and us: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for
yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were
ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Master,
Master, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you
not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son
of man cometh."
Those who reject Yahshua as their Savior and Redeemer, have
no choice remaining to them but to face judgment of their sins, because they
have refused to accept the only way out. Of those who do accept Him as their
Savior and Redeemer, this is only the beginning; this is not the end of the
Salvation means only continued life. Both the Hebrew words in
the Old Testament and the Greek words in the New Testament that have been
translated salvation, mean only safety. If you find somebody floundering
around in deep water unable to swim, and you grab him by the collar and pull him
to shore, you have given him salvation, and he has been given safety.
The word salvation is used in the Christian religion with a
further connotation. When this meat and bones that we walk around in dies, our
real personality will not also perish. Yahweh will give us continued life with a
new body of suitable form, so then we will have a conscious existence. On what
level will this be?
Some nominal Christians are going to be very distinctly low
man on the totem pole. They haven't fitted themselves for anything better than
merely continued existence. Most of the churches don't try to teach you anymore
than this. In those few who do try, we don't find much enthusiasm, on the part
of most of the congregation, to learn what it is all about.
We have had experience, since the time of Franklin D.
Roosevelt, with a miserable botch of a government, conducted by incompetent
bureaucrats who don't know what they are doing. I can assure you that the
kingdom of Yahweh is not going to be anything like this. Those who are going to
have any part in it, those who will sit on the throne with Yahshua and reign
with Him, will only be those who have fitted themselves for it. There will be
many perfectly good saved Christians, as these churches call them, in the
kingdom of Yahweh. They will simply have to sweep the streets and empty the
garbage because they aren't fitted to do anything better, they turned it down.
Those who wish the higher calling, to become part of the
administrative staff of the kingdom of Yahweh, are the comparatively few who
have studied for it. They know what it is all about and they will be fit to
carry out their duties.
In Luke 13:23-27 it is pretty clearly indicated again.
I am reading this particular passage from Lamsa's translation from the Aramaic,
as it is particularly easy to understand. "A man asked Jesus, Are there
only a few who are to be saved? Jesus said to him, strive to enter in through
the narrow door; for I say to you that many will seek to enter in and will not
be able. From the hour when the master of the house rises up and locks the door,
and you will begin to say, Our Master, our Master, open for us; and he will
answer, saying, I say to you, I do not know you or where you come from. And you
will begin to say, we have eaten and drunk in your presence, and you taught in
our streets. And he will say to you, I do not know you or where you come from;
depart from me, O you workers of iniquity."
What is going to happen to many of the ministers in our
churches today? They will say, Lord, didn't I teach the people of my church that
the Old Testament was all a mistake and had to be discarded? Didn't I teach them
your laws were wrong and were no longer in effect? Didn't I teach them to
violate your laws? Didn't I teach them that at a church supper they should
always have baked ham, one of the forbidden foods, deliberately violating your
law, to show that now we are not under the law but under grace?
In Matthew 5:18, Yahshua made it very clear His
opinion of the laws. "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth
pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be
fulfilled." Can't be any clearer than this!
What was called jot, the Hebrew letter yod, and
the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet, is just a tiny little curlicue made
with a pen. What they called a tittle was only a little curlicue ornament
on some of the larger letters. You have noticed where you have seen old English
letters, they are used today in Germany, and how the letters have all sorts of
little ornamental strokes added to them. Similarly, they would put little
curlicues on some of these Hebrew letters, purely as ornaments, which weren't
really any part of the letters. These curlicues could be left off without
changing the meaning of the letters.
So Yahshua said, "...one yod or one little curlicue
shall not pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." Yahshua continues,
"Whosoever shall break one of the least of these commandments, and shall
teach men to do so, he shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but
whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom
There are going to be a lot of people who are going to be
standing outside, knocking on the door and not being let in. The warning is
plain enough, but the truths of the Bible aren't taught anymore in the churches.
What is taught is man-made doctrine and the social gospel that won't offend the
Jews. Remember the prophecy there would be a famine, not a famine of bread or a
thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the word of Yahweh. This is exactly
what has come upon us.
Somebody once said, "The more it changes, the more it is
the same." We have gone through these events before, several times in our
history. There is no record of any exception to this rule, that an organized
church sooner or later becomes a corrupted and apostate church. If there ever
should have been an exception to this rule, it should have been in Jerusalem,
for there they had the temple of Yahweh with the personal appearance of Yahweh
manifested there, and yet what happened? They not only reached the point where
the priests were not teaching the laws of Yahweh, the priests were leading them
into idolatry. Read the Book of Ezekiel.
Yahweh said, "Look what they have done in my house in
Jerusalem: you find in it altars to pagan gods set up in the temple in
Jerusalem." Look what happened after that. In the very early days, the
first century of the Christian era, there was a fairly sound church. From the
early 300s on, as the Catholic Church developed, look what happened. What can
you find of the old Babylonian paganism that is not part of the official
doctrine of the Catholic Church today? The Catholic Church has been utterly
Look at the Protestant churches! True, they don't recognize
the pope as being successor to Yahweh, but they have a list of corruptions just
about as impressive as the Catholic Church. It is that period of apostasy, which
the Bible prophesied.
The ministers and priests are the people who are utterly
unprepared for the return of Yahshua. If I am not mistaken, the Methodist church
of today does not require a student of the ministry to swear he believes Yahshua
will actually return, in order to be ordained a minister. He can be ordained
without this belief. The same is true of some of the other major churches.
It is going to be rather rough going for a good many people
when Yahshua returns, because the signs are all around us.
There remains nothing more to be fulfilled but the tremendous
catastrophe that marks the close of this age. The Russian attack upon us that is
set out in such detail in Ezekiel chapters 38-39 and some of the book of
Joel. This and the accompanying hardships, is all that has not yet been
When the Jews do demolish the Dome of the Rock mosque, the
Mohammedan world will go on a rampage. Geographically the Mohammedan world
includes the northern third of Africa, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea.
It also includes most of western Asia, including Turkey. Incidentally, those
Turks are still tough fighters.
There was a contingent of Turkish troops with the United
Nation's forces in Korea, and everybody admits those Turks were the toughest
fighters on our side. The Mohammedan world includes all the Arab countries,
which are the source of most of the world's oil, outside the American continent.
It also includes much of the Malay Peninsula and even some of the southern
islands of the Philippine islands. When we get all of these Mohammedans
declaring a holy war against the Jews, things are going to get hot really fast.
The man that the traitors have already picked as a probable
democratic candidate for president in 1972, Senator Muskie of Maine, is over in
Palestine now. He was quoted in the paper, as having declared publicly that
there was no need for a formal treaty of alliance between the United States and
this Jewish nation of so called Israel, because we were firmly committed to the
defense of Israel, no matter what it took.
Our politicians have forced all the Arab people, with their oil, to become our
enemies. The Arabs would be down right stupid if they didn't simply cut off all
flow of oil to the western world, the moment the Dome of the Rock is destroyed.
A huge pipeline for the transportation of oil is already being built from the
Iranian oil fields into Soviet Russia.
Before World War II, Europe didn't depend too much upon oil.
All of her electric power plants, railroads and industrial plants, used coal.
Europe has enormous reserves of coal. Then suddenly, following WW II, somebody
saw to it that all the coal-burning furnaces were dismantled and oil-burning
furnaces installed in their place.
In Europe, if they shut down all non-essential use of oil
fuels, they might be able to continue operating at the maximum, ninety days, no
more on the store of oil they have there. All Russia would need to do would be
to mark time, just keeping up a threat against the eastern front of the free
world, but not actually getting into any fighting. This would keep Europe on the
alert, and by the end of ninety days, the armies of free Europe couldn't put an
airplane in the sky. In addition they couldn't run a tank because there would no
longer be any oil fuel to use in them.
As far as running their factories are concerned, the large
steam powered plants would also come to a halt, for lack of fuel. Then Russia
could move in and take everything with practically no fighting at all.
As far as trying to supply Europe with oil from the American
continent is concerned, this would be an impossibility. At the start of WW II,
Germany had 65 submarines in operating order, and some of these were just
trainers. Never at any time during WW II, did Germany have as many as 100
submarines in operating condition and Germany almost conquered the world
Russia starts now with an estimated minimum figure of 350
modern submarines, diesel driven of the snorkel type. She has nearly as many
atomic fueled submarines as we have. Within the next two years Russia will be
ahead of us in the number of atomic fueled submarines. A more probable estimate
of Russia's submarine fleet would be as high as 500. We couldn't possibly get
ships across the Atlantic Ocean to carry oil to Europe.
When an opportunity like this comes up, it would be imbecilic
stupidity, on the part of the Russians, not to take advantage of Europe without
an oil supply to keep their machinery running. The Jews that are running Russia
are out to conquer the world; they have never even tried to disguise this fact.
Russia's atomic rockets will come over the North Pole, to
knock out our production centers. They will hit the Puget Sound area, to knock
out the big naval base and the huge Boeing aircraft factory. Chicago will be a
target because it is the most important center of rail transportation in the
country. Gary and Pittsburgh will be a target to knock out the bigger part of
our steel industry and one or two big centers of machine tool production there.
Russia's rocket carrying submarines off our coasts will knock out our
major port cities. Then, coming down from the eastern Siberian coast, will come
the invasion barges filled with troops. This is all prophesied in the Bible and
known very clearly to our military intelligence. All of this is ready to happen
on short notice.
You people are not in darkness. You know what to look for to
make yourselves ready to survive, during this rough period. You should be ready
to take your place in the kingdom of Yahweh, shortly thereafter. The average
types of churchgoers are not going to be ready. Then they will wonder why nobody
told them about this, but just try to get them to listen now.
If you notice a sudden exodus of Jews from an area, take it
as a warning that they know something disastrous is going to happen. I have
always thought that when we pray, "Master, come down and put the lid back
on the garbage can, because the lid is off and it stinks". This prayer
might not be answered because Yahweh would say, "Why don't you do it?"
We are supposed to do a certain amount of these things for ourselves, then what
is beyond our reach He will take care of.
is nothing we can do to stop the disaster that is coming. When the Babylonians
captured Jerusalem, there were some of the people who were massacred by the
Babylonian army, those who had it coming to them. The rest of the people, since
they hadn't learned enough of a lesson, were taken into captivity in Babylon but
Yahweh saw that they weren't hurt.