Mar 28, 2011
Donation Drive April to June
Once again, it is time to for me to give a report of the accomplishments we’ve achieved over the last quarter, and to ask for your continued support. Rapture Ready continues to rank as the top site in Bible prophecy.
According to a service that tracks all web activity, Rapture Ready has been the #1 prophecy site for five years running. We are able to maintain this ranking despite having two of our main functions on different domains--RR News and the RR Message Board. We also have dozens of mirror sites that also draw traffic away from the main domain.
There are still three days left of March, and we have already set a record for the most number of unique visitors to the site. So far, we've have 265,000 individuals pass through the site. The old record of 243,000 unique visitors was set in November of 2008, the month Obama was elected. The massive 9.0 earthquake in Japan and the unrest in the Middle East is what put us over the top.
Last month also saw record traffic, with 221,000 unique visitors. Because February is a short month, it normally lags behind all the other months. The earthquake in New Zealand and the revolution in Egypt were the two key reasons it was so active.
What brings people to Rapture Ready is our wealth of Bible prophecy-related content.
We now have a couple dozen writers who regularly submit content to RR. As of this month, RR has surpassed the 32,000-files mark. The typical prophecy site only has a few hundred files.
There are problems that come with having a large site. One of the most pressing ones we’re dealing with is the inability of some people to access the site. We are trying to identify the factor that is periodically blocking some people from logging in to RR. Since the server is functioning 99.9 percent of the time and there doesn’t seem to be any traffic overload issues, the blockage is somewhere in the Internet pipeline. If any of you folks should have difficulty accessing RR, please let us know via email.
It’s amazing that the church has not been invigorated by all these prophetic events. Here we have the world situation perfectly matching the scenario predicted by the Bible, and yet end-time websites are dying out from a lack of interest. Someone sent me the following quote that best explains the general view of believers today: "To most Christians, the Bible is like a software license. Nobody actually reads it. They just scroll to the bottom and click 'I agree.'"
I believe we have arrived at a time when it is essential to be mindful of our role in the Kingdom of God. All these end-time events are warning of the Rapture's nearness. Whenever something like the Japanese earthquake takes place, I’m reminded that I will soon have to give an account of my life to the Lord of the Universe.
The most dangerous thing you can do is nothing. If time is short, there is no escaping the fact that your actions may seem like window-dressing compared to someone who has been serving the Lord all his or her life. This assessment is far better than having to answer the most embarrassing and yet obvious question: “Why did you remain idle when you saw all the signs around you?"
Offering financial support is really the least thing someone can do. I have a higher regard for people who volunteer their time, pray for RR, or suggest ideas for improving the site.
The site has received its best support from folks who have signed up as regular donors. One-time donations are greatly appreciated, but with our growing ongoing costs, we really need folks who are willing to help on a monthly basis.
There are three ways you can contribute to Rapture Ready: You can send a financial gift via our P.O. box address, you can make a one-time donation, or there is a frequency option that allows you to make monthly donations. If you're interested in signing up, find the input links on the Donation Depot page. Donations can be sent to our P.O. box at:
P.O. Box 969
Benton , AR 72018
Church Called into Heaven!
It is a headline of all headlines: “Church Called into Heaven!” I say it “is” a headline of all headlines, because it is as good as already accomplished. We have God’s Word on it.
Paul the apostle and prophet wrote it this way, as recorded in his letter to the Corinthians:
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: 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. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
It is a thrilling prospect, considering all of the uncertainty created by upheavals taking place in the world today, That Christ will one day, perhaps very soon, call His church–all Christians—to Himself, for the glorious trip to heaven.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14: 1-3)
This past Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at 11:30 a.m. CDT, the Lord fulfilled part of that magnificent prophecy. He called into heaven a tremendous warrior for His great cause–the putting forth of the gospel message. Jesus called a stalwart member of the church, whose name ironically reflects that immense body of believers destined to go to Christ in the Rapture.
Dr. J. R. Church was called into God’s eternal realm following a valiant battle with colon cancer.
Certainly there wasn’t a greater champion for the Pretrib Rapture view of Bible prophecy than Dr. Church. His trademark sign-off for the Prophecy in the News television program was “Keep looking up!” –the reference taken from Jesus’ words as recorded in Luke 21: 28.
The half-hour program, which will now be carried on by his long-time ministry partner and friend, Gary Stearman, reaches millions of viewers in America and around the world by broadcast, cable, satellite, and Internet (www.prophecyinthenews.com). The show covers issues and events taking place around the world, always dissecting those matters with faithful adherence to truth given by Scripture involving prophecy presented in the Bible.
Linda Church, Dr. Church’s wife of fifty-two years, and close confidante in ministry matters for many years, will continue to work as director of Prophecy in the News.
Prophecy in the News is among the most remarkable such ministries, in my opinion. The research and in-depth analysis are served up for the reader/viewer from perspective that always challenges one to dig deeper. And, like I find the Bible itself, I find the depths to which their material can be mined are deep indeed.
J.R. Church obviously had a vision for what God prescribed for these troubling although exciting days near the end of the age. His many books and other writings –like those found in the monthly magazine--Prophecy in the News—point with broadly encompassing, yet precisely directed focus to the most pertinent aspects of things to come. He was a noted lecturer and was often invited to speak at prophecy conferences and within other venues across America and in other parts of the world.
Gary Stearman, an immensely talented writer and researcher, is cut from the same eschatological cloth, instilling confidence that the Lord’s work will continue to shine prophetic truth in the stormy geopolitical and socioeconomic times that almost certainly lie ahead.
On a personal level, J. R. was a friend who never failed to say “yes” when I asked him to join in one of my book projects that included a number of authors. He trusted me–without question--to maintain unwavering fidelity to truth from God’s Word while we prepared the compilations for publication. That spirit of trust he imparted remains a stabilizing ingredient within the foundation of everything I consider when trying to discern what God wants next from me in the hours, days, and months He has allotted for me in this brief lifetime.
J.R. Church’s own time on this fallen planet was all too brief, from the vantage of those of us who benefited so much from his teaching and counsel–those of us who admired and held him close as brother and friend. But, his call into heaven was from a vantage point infinitely more knowledgeable than ours. When Christ’s call comes for those of us who name the name of Jesus, all will be made understandable–whether at the end of life, or at the Rapture of the church.
Keep looking up!