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Here are some important verses to prepare us for the return of Christ.

1. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 The rapture is at the last trumpet. The 'rapture' is when we float up into the air to meet Jesus on his return. Before that happens is a time of great trouble, represented by seven trumpets (Revelation 8, Revelation 9, Revelation 11:15).

2. Matthew 24:29-31 Jesus returns after the Tribulation. Many people teach that the rapture is before the Tribulation (because they don't want to face unpleasant truths).

3. Luke 17:31-36 When God says 'go', do not turn back. The best preparation for the Tribulation is to learn how to obey God instantly, including forsaking all.

4. Revelation 12:6 The church is cared for in the wilderness. The 'woman' is the Bride of Christ, those who have learned to follow Jesus instantly. See Luke 17:37.

5. Revelation 13:16-17 The mark of the beast. See also I Kings 10:14. The mark is a new form of money. We must not accept it. (Revelation 14:9-10, Revelation 16:1-2) Living by faith now is our best preparation.

6. Revelation 17:16-17 The beast hates the whore and destroys her. We believe the whore is the U.S. and the beast is Russia. We believe the ten nations are the ten rotating members of the U.N. Security Council.

7. Revelation 18:4 Leave Babylon or be punished with her. Capitalism is the love of money. In reality all governments have put their faith in money. We must learn to live by faith, outside the values of the whore.

8. Revelation 13:7, Daniel 7:21-25, Daniel 8:24, Daniel 12:7. The Antichrist fights against Christians. It is not Jews that the Antichrist fights against, but true believers in Jesus Christ. We must be prepared to lay down our lives for Christ.

9. Daniel 8:13-14, Daniel 9:25-27, Daniel 12:11 The last seven years. These figures relate to the last seven-years before Jesus returns. The event that triggers off the countdown is the resumption of animal sacrifices in Jerusalem. That can only happen when a Temple is built there. Watch for it!

10. 1 Thessalonians 5:4-6 Jesus won't come to us as a thief. Churchies often say that no one knows when Jesus will return, which is true now. And he will catch most people by surprise. But this says that we can know more precisely as the day approaches.

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