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 I JOHN 3:8

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.




The Secret Rapture


Are you amazed at how well a lie sells? There is a book series out called the left behind series. People are buying these copies by the millions. The last time I checked it was up to book thirteen. Just the other day, I had someone ask me if I had read them. I told them that I have not read one page; of course the next question was why? Donít you believe in the rapture of the church before the great tribulation? I suppose itís my job as a pastor, called by the Lord Jesus Christ, to tell the people the truth no matter how much it hurts them. I did answer the question, at first they were shocked by my answer. I asked them if they had time to hear the truth and they said I will make time to hear this. My question to you is why is it so hard to believe the truth when you hear it? Where is the Spirit of Truth that Jesus said we would receive? It seems to me that most of the people today do not read or study their bibles. People today are lazy and like to be told what the bible says and believe their favorite preacher rather than the bible. Have many of you ever considered that your preacher, pastor, prophet or teacher may be lying to you. Surely you are not just following people blindly are you?


There will not be a rapture of the church before the great tribulation. I will use the very same scripture they use and show you from the word of God that these people are worse than the politicians today. The big ministries of today and denominations and many non-denominations are nothing more than tare gathersers. They have flat out lied to the people; they have put such a spin on the truth to make money off of their lies. It seems they are getting away with it right now, but the judge is at the door and God will not be mocked! Letís go into the scriptures and see what they have to say.


I am aware of how they go into the Old Testament and try to prove by the book of Daniel their made up lie. And believe me it is nothing more than a lie. I believe the people should:



     Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.


The first scripture I would like for us to read will tell us where the saints came from and where they are at. THE CHURCH WILL GO THROUGH THE GREAT TRIBULATION!  No matter how much we put mental ascent to anything, it still just does not change the truth of Godís word:



     After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;


     And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.


      And all the angels stood round about the throne, and [about] the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,


     Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, [be] unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. 


      And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 


     And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.


What! These are they that came out of great tribulation! Wait just one minute they are telling us that we are not going to have to go through the great tribulation. Well brothers and sisters the bible clearly tells us that the ones who are arrayed in white robes came out of great tribulation! Itís almost sad that I have to even write on such a subject as this. My warning to all that read this article; Get ready because you aint going any where until the tribulation is over. So start getting yourself ready to meet your God!


Did you also notice that the ones who died during the tribulation washed their robes and made them white in verse fourteen? How do you wash your robes and make them white?



      And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.


One of my sayingís is: People better start getting themselves right with God. Stop believing the lie that you do not have to do anything but just live the way you want to seven days a week. The thought never enters into the minds of men that people better start being holy and living a holy life.


So far the first verse should have knocked your shoes off. Watch this series of verses. In Matthew twenty four the disciples asked Jesus a question. The question is two in three.


  1. When shall these things be?
  2. What shall be the sign of thy coming?
  3. And the end of the world?



    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?


The scriptures tell us that Jesus the Messiah answered and the first thing He told them was this:



   And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.


Well guess what? Deception and false teaching is all over the place. Men are deceiving and being deceived, it is so sad. I would ask that you read the whole chapter of Matthew twenty four and see what Jesus said and not what men are telling you today. I will go straight to the answer starting in verse twenty nine. My question to you is are you going to believe the words of the Messiah Jesus Christ or continue to believe the false prophets, pastors, teachers and ministers of today?



      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:


Jesus says immediately after the tribulation of those days. What days is He talking about? Jesus just got finished telling us in this entire chapter. But one thing is for sure His second coming will not be a secret.


  1. People will see the sun be darkened!
  2. The moon will not shine.
  3. The stars will fall from heaven.
  4. The powers of the heavens will be shaken.


Remember all of this takes place after the tribulation, in which they tell us we are not going to be here, but I am telling you stick around. You will be here if youíre not dead! The only way anybody will avoid the great tribulation is by death. But so far itís not secret like all of these lying dogs are telling us. Wow! the money they have made on these false movies and books.



      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.


Then shall appear the sign of Jesus coming in heaven. Wow! looks like a lot is going on to be a secret. But when Jesus comes it will be in power and great glory. Then look at what takes place:



     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.


Now hear comes what they call the rapture, I call it Jesus coming. Here is the trumpet that sounds. Have you noticed in the false teaching they are duping the masses by, there is no trumpet. Whatís this? Jesus came the first time, they tell us that He will come in a secret rapture and get His people before the great tribulation. Now guess what! In order for the people to be raptured, Jesus has to come and get them right! So this makes the second time He has come by their false teaching. Then He will come and destroy and every eye will see Him. This makes the third time, they are teaching three comings of Jesus. They are lying dogs.


It will not be a secret that is for sure. Letís go to the next verses of scripture:



   Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,


The scriptures tells us that we shall all be changed, and when this will happen.



     In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.


Take notice at the last trump! Not before the trumpet shall blow but at the last! Not at the first trumpet, but the last. Not the second, third, fourth etcÖ but the last. In the book of Revelation there are seven trumpets. Start in the eight chapter of Revelation. You will see that there is a lot of destruction taking place during this time frame.


They tell us that we are going to be secretly raptured up out of here before all of this, but yet the apostle Paul tells us different. So we might as well get ready to go through each of these trumpets! period! Oh another thing, the real Christians will enter in through much tribulation.


The try to create an issue by saying that we are not appointed to Godís wrath. And as real true Christians, not worldly professing Christians, but the real Christians, God will preserve through the great tribulation. God preserved Israel when He poured out the plagues against Egypt. So will our God preserve us? But do not be mistaken, many people will fall because of their pride. Many will rise up against Godís anointed leaders and fall just like Korah, Dathan and Abiram. We will see the earth opened up again and swallow up many that transgress against God and His real people. The big TV ministries and all who follow their falsehood will be destroyed for their lies.



      For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.


     So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.


    O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory?


    The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law.


ACTS 14:22

Confirming the souls of the disciples, [and] exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.


The true Church will go through tribulation. Just like the time of the exodus was a time of proving of the people, so will the great tribulation prove Godís people. I even had a woman tell me the other day and I quote: (God understands that weíve got to eat so He will not send me to hell for receiving the mark of the beast) end quote. I thought to myself what kind of teaching is going on for her to believe something so stupid! I can tell that she does not read her bible like so many today do not.



    But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.


      For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.


      For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 


      For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:


One thing is for sure, a shout is very loud and this trump that will be blown by the archangel all will hear even the dead that are in the graves will hear it. So the rapture as they call it, cannot be secret. They tell us that one day cars will be wrecking all over the place because they will be unmanned. They tell us that all of a sudden-poof-the Christians will be gone! I am telling you that this is a damnable doctrine. Many people will believe their lies and they will be damned. Why? Because they did not prepare their house and make it ready for the Good Man that is coming. They will be so heart broken when they finally realize that the thief came and because they where not watching they where not ready.



      Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  


      Wherefore comfort one another with these words.


The words we use around here at Straitway is THE KING IS COMING!!! This is a serious comfort for us because we wait patiently for His coming. The day of the Lord is not going to be some glorious thing that people are going to be looking forward to either. The prophecies tell that when Jesus comes it will be a day of darkness. Of course Jesus told us the same thing in Matthew twenty four. Looks like to me that with all of the people telling us that certain things are done away with, Jesus is in perfect harmony with the prophets of old.


AMOS 5:18

    Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end [is] it for you? the day of the LORD [is] darkness, and not light.

AMOS 5:19

     As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. 

AMOS 5:20

     [Shall] not the day of the LORD [be] darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?


Right now the people in America are not ready for the coming of the Lord. We are a people full of pride and idolatry. The name of Jesus is being used as a curse word. Witchcraft is everywhere in our land. In this country people used to burn witches at the stake. Now they make movies and TV shows about them, glorifying them as some kind of gods. I see that we are no different today than the people who practiced these falsehoods to other gods. We will be destroyed! This country that is full of Satan worship from the pulpit to the pew; From the outhouse to the white house; From the beach to the grove; Jesus will destroy all the ungodly with their ungodly deeds.


If anything, it is time for this wicked antichrist nation to repent! Sodom has nothing on us. America is full of sickness and diseases, a cursed nation that will feel the wrath of YHWH. Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand prepare to meet your God! Straitway!



Pastor Charles Dowell

Church of Jesus Christ House of Prayer

Lafayette, Tennessee.



Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.



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.



Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.



For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

     Wherefore the law [is] holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

     But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

    Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

JOHN 14:15
    If ye love me, keep my commandments.

I JOHN 2:4
    He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

     Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

     Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

What is wrong with keeping the Commandments of God? It's becasue this nation does not keep them that we are in the shape we are in now!

JOHN 14:6

     Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.


Pastor Charles Dowell Jr.

Servant of the Lord Jesus Christ

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