➲ "Is a two-state Palestine the right solution?" Dr. Swaim's latest in the series, "What In This World Is God Doing?"
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The Blessed Hope
We believe that Christ is comingRead More... back to the earth, at the end of the Seven Year Tribulation Period, to establish His kingdom on earth (The Revelation 19, 20). But first, He shall come into the air above, just prior to that Tribulation Period, to catch away His Bride, the Church, in the event we term, "The Rapture" (I Thessalonians 4:13-17), also called the "Blessed Hope" (Titus 2:13). ...Read Less
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The scene is a WWII movie in which the good guys are anticipating an attack from enemy forces. Some lower rank soldier says from his foxhole, “What ever are they waiting for? Come on, let’s get it over with.”
Thinking back to the 9-11 attack on the twin towers, in New York City, was there not a feeling on the day after that this was just the beginning? Were we not expecting many more attacks of similar intensity, in the days, weeks, or months to follow?
What has happened? What are they waiting for? We are coming up on nine years. Why have they not attacked the U. S. with much devastation?
It seems it would be so easy for terrorists to greatly incapacitate our nation. Without listing the ways, all of which they have doubtless already considered, just imagaine the possibilitites. (Doing so should also challenge us to keep our eyes open for possibilie sinister activities around us.)
Why have they not already so attacked us? As always, God’s Word has the answer to our queries. It is much like the TV commercial that ran several years ago in which a very ‘Drill Sergeant WAC-like woman, and inspector on the factory production line says, “They don’t say Hanes until I say they say Hanes.”
The battle field commander must give the order for the enemy to attack. In our modern day scenario, God is still in control. Frankly, the terrorists cannot do anything, unless it fits into God’s plan, thus, He allows, or commands it, as the case may be. Consider this word from the pen of the Apostle Paul”:
“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way” (II Thessalonians 2:7).” 
The context of the passage concerns the timing of the Rapture of the Church, in relation to the revealing of the Antichrist. While the events leading to the Tribulation Period are now unfolding, they cannot come to full fruition until the One restricting their progress is removed from their midst. Using biblical logic, the summation is: The enemies of God can only do that for which God’s plan calls. Satan is restricted during this time of Holy Spirit limitations. Since He indwells the Church, the Rapture must occur prior to the beginning of the Tribulation. Then, after we are gone, boys, have at it!! You’ll not have to wait any longer.
Now, we do not know what we might have to suffer on the way to the Rapture, Millions of our forebears have, and many are suffering today. But, whatever comes, will come only by the permission of our God. They can do no more than He might allow.
1. The word “letteth,” is recognized by scholars as an outdated English word whose meaning has changed though the years. It comes from a Greek word meaning, “To hold down,” or, “(hold) Fast.” Also, the phrase, “Taken out of the way,” is best understood as “Until He be taken out of the midst.”
Dr. Swaim is a native North Carolinian, where he now resides. He was saved as a young lad in Calvary Baptist Church, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and immediately became a student of the Word of God. Among his most influential teachers were the late Drs. W. Herbert Brown, and Elmer Piper, two of his childhood pastors. Others included, first of all, his late godly mother, who, beside her own testimony, equipped him with a Scofield Reference Bible, and fed him a spiritual diet of radio preachers. Prominent among them were the late Drs. Oliver B. Green, M. R. DeHaan and Charles Fuller.
Following high school, he enlisted in the U. S. Army, and trained as a helicopter mechanic. In November of 1959, he married Marnie Faye Jordan, his wife now of over 50 years. After six years of military service, he answered the call to preach, and enrolled in Piedmont Bible (now, Baptist) College, in his hometown of Winston-Salem. In the early part of 1971, he entered his first pastorate, graduating from college in the Spring with a Th.B degree. He pastored churches in North Carolina and Virginia until 1998, and being also involved in additional areas of service, including music, radio, print, and addiction recovery ministries. During this time frame, he earned his Master and Doctor Degrees, from the Andersonville Baptist Seminary,in Camilla, Georgia. (now, Andersonville Theological Seminary)
Though not now pastoring a church, due to some physical restrictions, he is an an active member of the Green Valley Baptist Church, Walkertown, North Carolina, where Brother Wayne Dunn is the fine Pastor. Pastor Wayne often calls upon Dr. Swaim to preach, and fill the pulpit in his absence, as well as being elected now as Teacher of the Auditorium Bible Class.
Several years ago, Dr. Swaim was diagnosed with a cancer on one vocal chord. Through much prayer, and appropriate medical procedures, he is now cancer free. To God be the glory, with many thanks also to the VA Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, for their great work.
Thank you, and may our Lord Jesus make this web site ministry a blessing to you,
Dr. O. Wilburn Swaim Th.D