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The most fascinating book of the bible to me is Revelations. It is the only book of the bible that promises a special blessing to all those who read it. I do not know what the blessing is, but I've always had a good idea that the blessing we shall recieve for reading is knowledge. Revelations deals with the end of the world as we know it when Christ comes back for his people. Reading the book of revelation will help us be prepared for what is going to happen during that time, therefore it will be a blessing to have knowledge of what is going to happen. But that is only my opinion. I would like for my first bible study of this site to be on Revelations. To me it is one of the most confusing books of the bible. A lot of preachers and bible scholars have disagreed on the interpretations not only of Revelations but other books of the bible as well, however, Revelations seem to be the one most debated. Revelations is not the only book of the bible that talks of the end times, but it is the most explanatory. Daniel in the Old Testament is another book to strongly consider studying as it coincides with a lot of Revelations. I'm sure that even those who do not consider themselves Christians have heard the term rapture. My mom repeatedly tells me that the word rapture is not in the bible, but that doesn't mean that she doesn't believe in it. Rapture, by definition means a state of being carried away. When Jesus comes back for us we will rise to meet him in the clouds to be taken to heaven with him. A lot of people call this the "rapture". Where it gets really confusing, though, is one of the most debated things in the bible. A lot of Christians believe that Jesus will come and rapture us before the seven year tribulation period which is a time of great peril and suffering for the world. Anti-christ will rule the world during this time of tribulation and many plagues will be unleashed on earth. A lot of Christians believe that we will be here during this time. There seems to be scripture to support both arguments. However, one verse in the bible is made perfectly clear about Jesus returning. Mark 13:32"But of that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."

Keep checking back, i will add more as often as I can. I am currently looking for people to help me with some articles for the site, especially on bible study.
I remained so confused for many years about many things concerning Jesus's return. Recently, I have begun to understand a lot of things that before I had absolutely no clue about. I highly recommend reading Tim Lahaye and Jerry Jenkins Left Behind Series. It is a fictionalized account about the end times and what it may be like. It is based solely on scripture and there are many many scriptural references in the series. I learned so much from them. Tim Lahaye is a pastor and biblical scholar and he has many nonfiction books published as well. I think they did a wonderful thing by fictionalizing a series about the end times, as people who read the books may turn to Christ because of them.

Here are some scriptures relating to the end times and following I will try to add as much translation and information as I can:
Matthew 24
1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. 32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. 35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. 45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

I have been doing a lot of research on the internet, reading a lot of material lately trying to find more study material to put on this site. I have to say that I am amused at some of the things I have found regarding the end times, in particular, the anti-christ. A lot of people and websites out there on the internet claim to know who the anti-christ is. As soon as I can find exact scripture I will post it here, but from what I have read that makes sense to me, noone knows right now who the anti-christ is going to be. Think about it, if he is one who is going to deceive so many people, how could he deceive so many if we already know who he is right now?

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life" John 3:16