We are told in many different Scriptures that we are to be Watching. We are to be looking at world events so that we may alerted beforehand what is coming next. So that we can prepare and be ready.

I am always searching many of our groups large and small for material that I may share here. But I began to notice something strange. I hear many messages about getting ready for the marriage supper, about the return of Christ and the Resurrection. There seems to be a sharp focus on that event actually.

There is a lot of time spent watching and talking about World Events and how they relate to Bible Prophecy and that is good also as it helps us to be aware that time is drawing close and yet there is another event that we desperately need to be ready for. There is a whole section of the prophetic time line that no one seems to want to talk about but that section is or could be VITAL to your making it into God’s Kingdom.

It was taught in the past but it seems almost as if the churches of God today are afraid to mention it or at least to bring it to the forefront of awareness as it should be. Do you know what I am talking about? I have mentioned it before in slightly different context.

Take a look at Revelation :

Rev 12:13  And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
Rev 12:14  And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
Rev 12:15  And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
Rev 12:16  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
Rev 12:17  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Also in Ezekiel it is mentioned:

Eze 5:1  And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber’s razor, and cause it to pass upon thine head and upon thy beard: then take thee balances to weigh, and divide the hair.
Eze 5:2  Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and thou shalt take a third part, and smite about it with a knife: and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them.
Eze 5:3  Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts.
Eze 5:4  Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel.

In Revelation it says to the Philadelphian ERA that they would be saved from what is coming:

Rev 3:10  Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

And the Laodicean ERA was told if they did not wake up that He would spew them out of His mouth, the assumption being into the Great Tribulation and out of His protection:

Rev 3:16  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

But there is an EVENT that comes before this the event where God and Jesus gather their people together, those who have been deemed worthy to escape what is coming.

Luk_21:36  Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

The parent church spoke about it often, they even made plans for it to happen.

I want you to listen to this upbeat song by a member of the church of God Mark Graham it is one of my favorites and points up what we are missing in the church environment today:

What is not being talked about is the coming of the Gathering of God’s People to be taken to a place of safety. You see this is the event we have to be preparing for now. Not just to be the Bride of Christ but also that we might be counted worthy to escape what is coming. Those who are taken to a place of safety will have 3.5 years to prepare to be the Bride of Christ. But those who are spewed out of God’s mouth will have to go through the Great Tribulation in order to make it into the Kingdom and Matthew 25 indicates that only half of the Remnant Church that is left behind and not physically taken to the place of safety will survive spiritually.

If you do not know what I mean see the article “1335 Days – The Gathering together of God’s People“.

But back to the question about why it is not being taught or rather why is it not being Headlined? Given it’s importance why is it not front and center in the teachings of the Churches of Laodicea?

Could it be because the work that the larger churches especially are doing precludes you even being aware of how close it actually is. Many of them think they are still in the Philadelphian ERA. Many teach that they have a much greater work to do. Many are building huge buildings and acting like they are going to continue a Witness Work that ended with Mr. Armstrong. Hey as long as the Witness is going out the end cannot come can it!

That is why so many of our people are blind. The works of many of their leaders have blinded them to what is coming and how soon it is going to get here. That is why Christ is going to the individuals in this ERA of the Church and admonishing them to be Zealous and Repent.

Rev 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

The Knock of Revelation 3:20 is in reality a safety net thrown out by Christ to save as many of His people as possible from having to go through the Great Tribulation. To give them a heads up that they need to get themselves ready and to develop a relationship with the Father where He can deem the worthy of escape.

So ask your minister, how far out do they think this is and why. You might be surprised at the answers you get. You can always come back to this article and share what you heard, no names needed but I suspect all of us would like to hear the various responses.