I go back to RR as well. I joined RF in 2008. I was known simply as Loudram. I found RR through a site called The Harpazo Network.
It is absolutely an encouraging blessing! It gives hope every single day.Love this place! The fellowship, the many articles which are fantastic, and just being with others who believe in a pre tribulation rapture is ttuely an encouraging blessing. Don't come here much because of my job as a truck driver.
I've been a believer since I was a little kid back in the '70's. I'd first heard about escatology and end-times events in small spatterings here and there when my grand parents took us kids to church back then. I dunno... but to my child's mind and heart, even back then I think I knew Pre-Trib/Pre-Mill and dispensationalism were true. I remember reading Hal Lindsey's book, the Late Great Planet Earth when I was a young teenager.I was just curious about what brought you all here and was hoping you’d share the experiences that brought you to RF!
What led me here was a friend encouraging me to read up in the end times and sending me updates weekly. I started searching on my own and found a wonderful article here. My friend really got my interested and believing we were in the last days.
Dr David Jeremiah is my favorite! It seems a lot more people recently are preaching on the end times. I love that your church is teaching on it now! I’m glad to have you here!I've always known about the rapture and end times, but until I heard this David Jerimiah series-' Is this the End?' I really didn't think about the time being so near. So I wanted to study it, talk about it, learn more about it and guess what? a lot of people didn't want to do that. Not my family, or my church family or my friends, all who claim to be children of God. I get that "she's a nut" look quite often. Even if I didn't believe the end was near, I wouldn't mind talking about it. So I started searching and found RF. I love reading the articles and comments, I have learned a lot.
My husband is eager to learn and talk about it also and starting last Wednesday, our pastor is doing an end times prophesy series that has drawn much interest in our church.
So I'm thankful all of you are here and love to hear what you think.
This is wonderful news that your son gave himself to the Lord! Praise God! Thank you so much for sharing. I have also been hearing about it since I was a child! Only recently did I start studying and seeing how now everything is unfolding right in front of our eyes and how neat it is. It is a wonderful time to be alive! I am going to check out the others you listed as I have only heard of Jan Markell! I am sorry about your pastor but you are right, you’ll get to see him again someday! What a day of rejoicing that will be. I hope your meeting goes well!I've been a believer since I was a little kid back in the '70's. I'd first heard about escatology and end-times events in small spatterings here and there when my grand parents took us kids to church back then. I dunno... but to my child's mind and heart, even back then I think I knew Pre-Trib/Pre-Mill and dispensationalism were true. I remember reading Hal Lindsey's book, the Late Great Planet Earth when I was a young teenager.
High School came and went, my first delving into college came and went and then when working my first "real" job, I was introduced to my old paster/professor named Dr. Mal Couch in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. He was a GREAT teacher, strong in his faith, steeped into church history and an ardent professor of Pre-Trib, Pre-Mil teaching. Sadly, he passed away in 2013. I look forward to seeing him again one day. Interestingly he was a camera man for a local television station in Dallas back in his early years and was riding in the motorcade with JFK when he was shot. He was riding with several news people several cars back when the shots rang out. They actually have some of his testimony in the Warren Report. Funny as well was the attempt one time that he tried to set me up with a young lady that was going to our church. LOL!! She wasn't my type.
Anyway... in later years while working as a Circulator Nurse in Surgery on the night shift, we had one of our occasional nights when nothing was going on, and one of my co-workers told me about Rapture ready and the forums.... I dunno.... around 2007-2008, I'd guess.
Didn't ever really have a lot of time to write posts, but on slow nights I'd participate.
Since my old pastor passed away to glory, I found the likes of Jack Hibbs (I love his teaching style), Jan Markell and JD Faraq, as well as John Haller's Prophecy update on Youtube.
It's just amazing to watch prophecy open up before our eyes like it is now!
But I have to say, I have a difficult time getting people to believe it that aren't into it. I present all kinds of evidence, but they kinda give me a "he's a screwball" look.
All except my son. He listens to his ol' dad with great attention and he gave himself to the Lord a couple of months ago!
Anyway, I'm rambling... and I've got a meeting to go to.
Talk to ya later!
I just wanted to put in a quick addendum to what I wrote. I just recently found out that John Haller and the FBC Chapel believe in mid-trib eschatology. I don't believe in that of course... I'm very much a staunch Pre-trib and Pre-Mil guy.Since my old pastor passed away to glory, I found the likes of Jack Hibbs (I love his teaching style), Jan Markell and JD Faraq, as well as John Haller's Prophecy update on Youtube.
I remember precisely when I found RR--- it was January of 2004 and my husband was in the hospital for lung surgery. Followed my friends to PF, and then to a small facebook group for old RR/PF members.I think I discovered RR somewhere around 2006, but am not sure... I would have found RF soon after but didn't become overly active on RF until sometime later.
I like you studied other possibilities as well! I was raised pre-trib. I leaned more towards mid-trib for a few years but now I believe through studying, like you, pre-trib is the way. I wish that your dad would believe otherwise as well. I definitely am praying the rapture is soon! Thank you for sharing your story with me.I have always known about the rapture, sort of. My Gan-Gan talked about it all the time when I was a child but I wasn't a Christian, I didn't understand and I forgot.
Then I became a Christian but didn't remember until I read the Left Behind series. I was so excited after reading that series to see if there were fellow believers who also knew about and believed in the pre-trib rapture. I went on Google and found this place.
I did study the possibility of a mid or post trib rapture but it quickly became clear that those theories held no water. I just wish my Dad believed in the rapture. He's so afraid of the tribulation and thinks we're going to go through it with the unbelievers and tribulation saints. It breaks my heart. I used to believe that too but the Word convinced me otherwise.
That would be such a wonderful picnic!! I’m here for the same reasons. I’m glad you’re here.I'm here because I was led here. It's the closest thing I have to a family. I don't know anyone here really, but it feels as though I do. I see the usernames and feel like I know the people behind them. The other reason is there is some excellent commentary here. I get to learn a lot. The varying viewpoints are nice and I haven't found anyone on the forum that is a troll, so the Mod's do a good job of patrolling and keeping things in order. I look forward to reading through the forums when I have an opportunity. What would be super awesome is a Rapture Forums picnic, or something of the sort. I'd be willing drive, or fly, to that event.
This is so beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely story. I will be praying that you make it. Is your health poor right now?I came for the fellowship and to search for truth (Truth) with like minded believers. The Lord appears to have made some of the Scriptures not crystal clear on their first reading. It appears He intended some of them to require quite extensive study and cross correlation to understand. Some will not be understood until He unmasks them in the fullness of time. This forum, along with certain sound board guidelines, allow us to examine some controversial Scriptures together in order to discern the Truth within them.
My journey started with family tradition to "just trust the priest, he is trained to understand the scriptures..." Vatican II opened the Scriptures up to plain reading, and new readable translations appeared (as a kid/young man KJV was very difficult) The direct reading of Scriptures led to a revival in my part of the country in the late 60's/early 70's. That led to my commitment to the Lord, and a thirst for His Word. I spent years trying to discern the prophetic works, and then wrote a summary of them in the early 90's, "The End Times According to Scripture" for my family and kids. As head of the household, I felt driven to get this part right to focus our family on the right things in the years ahead. I did not want myself or my family to be like those 2000 years ago who "missed His coming" because He came in a way they didn't expect.
It has been an interesting journey. As I now grow older and weaker, I am energized by seeing things happening day to day that are written about in Scripture. I am particularly intrigued with Ezk 38-39 as we read about current conditions with Iran/Russia/Turkey... simply amazing! I don't know if I will make it to the trumpet that calls us all home, but I trust in His wisdom and His love and care for us all. What a wonderful and gracious Father He has been to us all!
Thank you aldanielle for your prayers! Suffice it to say it is a challenge these days. For a guy that once put a bundle of shingles on each shoulder and marched up the ladder to put a roof on our house... it is hard to move now due to the effects of kinetic injuries and genetic weaknesses. I thank the Lord many times a day for my wife, who always encourages me with: "Don't fret about tomorrow, lets just get through today... and don't worry if you can't do that anymore, we will make do..." What a blessing she is!... I will be praying that you make it. Is your health poor right now?