The End Times Passover
The End Times Passover
(Etymological Challenges to Millenarian Doctrines)
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WILL CHRISTIANS EXPERIENCE GREAT TRIBULATION? Most evangelical Christians believe in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, and they believe it is right around the corner. They believe that Armageddon is knocking at the door. The crisis and battles for territorial rights in the Middle East, the outbreak of Holy Wars and terrorism throughout the world, have most evangelicals convinced the end is near! But, they aren’t worried because their hopes lie in The Rapture; a unique event they believe will have Jesus Christ returning to earth to secretly snatch them up to heaven while all hell breaks loose on earth! What will happen to their faith if they are proven wrong? The End Times Passover not only biblically proves there will be no Pre-Tribulation Rapture, it proves that The Bride of the Lamb is not the Church, that there will not be a 1000 year millennial reign of Christ, that the human soul does not go to heaven or hell immediately after death, that the Promised Land is not in the Middle East, that God’s children of promise are not solely ethnic Jews, that the church of God began thousands of years before the Day of Pentecost, and that God’s true disciples will experience great tribulation. This may not sound like Good News; but it’s absolutely true! Whether you are a Christian or not, are you prepared to read this book and finally learn the truth? We dare you! We also dare your pastor, your Bible studies teacher and folks like Hal Lindsey, Tim LaHaye, Dr. Tommy Ice, Jerry Jenkins, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and thousands of other teachers and believers of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture to read this book! We dare these few good men to read and study this book, and tell us if they think they can really handle the truth!
The first fifteen chapters in this book deal primarily with scripture the author believes clearly refute a secret pre-tribulation escape to heaven, and also debunks the assumption that the reign of Christ (after His return) lasts only 1000 years. He will also provide scripture that will refute the notions that a special geopolitical kingdom will be established for Jews in the land we today call Israel, and that the Christian Church is the Bride of Lamb. The next 12 chapters, which will be published in another book (Why Christians Will Suffer "Great Tribulation") deal primarily with the subject of tribulation, its purpose and its impending reality. The author believes the reader will become more enlightened by the scripture-based facts presented in this book, which refute and debunk the many theories that proclaim that the Christian Church will not experience great tribulation because it will supposedly be caught up in a secret escape to heaven flight before The Second Advent of Jesus Christ. The author is convinced that many theorists (intentionally or unwittingly) have twisted and taken out of context much scripture in vain attempts to strengthen their secret escape to heaven theories; but, in this book, the Bible will speak for itself! For example, most pre-tribulation theorists use Luke 17:34-36 to support their theory that at the so-called Rapture, Christians will be taken to heaven and unbelievers will be left behind to suffer God's wrath during the so-called Great Tribulation. However, if the readers will examine the definition of the word taken in these three verses (Luke 17:34, 35, 36,) they will notice that the Greek word for taken is paralambano, which means to take hold of. These three verses above did not use the Greek word harpazo, which is the word used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 for the snatching process that describes the rapid manner in which called out ones are gathered together to participate at that great meeting with the Lord in the air. This word taken is often used to take hold of something or someone in a hostile manner in many verses in the Bible, such as Matthew 27:27, where Jesus was taken by force by the Governor’s soldiers, and Matthew 4:5, where Jesus was taken by the devil to a high mountain. Whereas theorists interpret the word left as describing those individuals they believe to be the unjust, supposedly those who are left behind to experience God’s wrath, the word left in the Greek is aphiemi, which literally means to forgive. This word aphiemi (forgive) is used twice in the Lord’s Prayer, (Luke 11:4). Yet, thousands of authors, Christian filmmakers, pastors, Bible teachers, preachers and evangelists daily use these verses (Luke 17:34-36) claiming they mean the just will be taken up to heaven and the unjust will be left behind to suffer God’s wrath; when, in fact, these verses have the direct opposite meaning. If anything, the word left (Gr. aphiemi, primarily, to send forth, send away, apo, from, hiemi, to send) denotes to remit or forgive. Luke 11:4 is really telling us that the unjust will be taken (and bound) to experience God’s wrath, a wrath that will literally pass over those who are left. In essence, the just will literally be left alone, not left behind! So in reality, these theorists' interpretations of these verses are reversed. And what they are conveying to their respective flocks is contradictory to the true meaning of the Word of God. This is one of many biblical word comparison and etymologically scrutinized examples that the author presents in The End Times Passover that refute the major tenets of The Rapture theory and its secret escape to heaven mythology. The author has examined the word of God (against a myriad of books written by a great throng of theorists) for over twenty-five years, and began writing this book in 1985. Most of the book was completed before 1990; however, he did not want to ‘put it out’ there until he felt that he had examined the scriptures as clearly and as concisely as he possibly could. He completed the book in 2004, but has been perusing it and making minor editing changes, prompted by his “perfectionist” nature. He now feels the timing (for publishing and presenting it to the public) is right and feels confident that the word of God confirms that the scripture presented herewith will provide clear challenges to most of the major issues contained in the doctrinal myths theorists have perpetrated on the Christian Church. This author believes the work presented herein will also clearly refute the many theories they give proper noun names to, such as The Rapture, The Great (Pre, Mid, Post) Tribulation, The (Pre, Post and A) Millennium, The (Church is the) Bride of Lamb, The Promised Land (is in the Middle East,) and that The Restrainer is The Holy Spirit. The author will also be presenting scripture that refute myths that there will be two and maybe even three Resurrections, two or three Judgments, that Israel is not part of the True Church of God, that God’s true church did not begin until The Day of Pentecost, and many other myths, including that the heavens and the earth will not be restructured anew until 1000 years after The Second Advent. This aspect (new heavens and new earth) is one of (if not) the main keys to understanding one of the most crucial messages being conveyed to us by God in the Bible, which is, that Jesus Christ is God and His eternal Kingdom reign will not be in heaven, but rather it will be on earth longer than 1000 literal years. This new heavens and earth aspect will prove that God’s Holy City, New Jerusalem, comes down to earth much sooner than is perceived by most theologians. The author will be specifically dealing with each and every one of these issues, providing scripture upon scripture that will literally rebut the majority of varying Rapture theories, millennial myths and other dispensational doctrines.
Joe Ortiz has the distinction of being the first Mexican American journalist in US history to conduct a talk show on an English-language, commercial radio station. He began his broadcasting career in 1971 in the highly competitive Los Angeles media market. He went on to become an award-winning broadcaster, news reporter and newspaper columnist in Los Angeles for over 20 years. A Born Again Christian since 1975, he wrote his first book, Saved, What Do You Mean Saved? (GBM Books) in 1983, and began writing The End Times Passover in 1985 while operating his own public relations company. He implemented publicity for numerous clients, including special events that featured many renowned celebrities and sports personalities. He also provided public relation to numerous community organizations and many elected officials in California. During his broadcasting career he also worked as a Parole Agent and Job Agent for the State of California, a public information specialist for the largest anti-poverty agency in the southwest; and a teacher/administrator at Los Angeles City Schools and South Bay College. He began his talk show career on KABC-AM 79 and received a Golden Mike Award for news reporting while at KPFK-FM Radio and the Angel Award for Best Talk Show Host in 1973 while hosting a show at KCBS Television. In the November, 1989 issue of Hispanic Business Magazine, he was named to that national periodical's 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the US for his broadcasting excellence. Educated at the University of California at Riverside and UCLA, he holds California State credentials to teach Public Relations, Public Affairs Broadcasting, Human Relations in Business, and Personnel Training and Related Occupations. He has taught at Riverside City College and both Los Angeles and Riverside Unified School Districts.  Web sites are: and
Book reviews
The End Times Passover
Why Christians Will Suffer Great Tribulation.
Joe Ortiz

“The reader will find The End Times Passover and Why Christians Will Suffer Great Tribulation to be a scholarly sound and profound works that will straighten out a lot confusion surrounding biblical issues related to end times prophecy. They will cause many teachers and students of the Bible to rethink much of what they have accepted as ‘fact’ concerning the end times. Joe Ortiz has done a magnificent job of researching and writing these two important books. These are books I wish I would have written, and I’m sure there are a few others who will wish they had written them as well,” (Bill Somers, May 28, 2004).

Bill Somers is the host of the
End Time Prophetic Vision web site.

“It definitely rattled my cage and exposed a lot of misunderstanding of legitimate faith issues. Joe Ortiz is anointed with a fresh, if not controversial, understanding of scripture that I find fascinating and inspiring! I challenge all of my friends who consider themselves Christians or agnostics or atheists to take a fresh look at what he is saying (in his book, The End Times Passover). It could be a life changing event. It certainly will take away a lot of the silly images of what we think is church/religion and substitute a better impression of WHO God considers His people or children of promise. You have been warned- take an hour and test your faith or lack of it. You may go through life misunderstanding the scriptures without benefit of Joe's etymological insights. Read the books, you will not feel your time was wasted!” (April 18, 2007)

Roger W. Hubbard, PhD is a Consultant and Formerly Directorate Director, Environmental Pathophysiology Directorate, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick, MA.

I just finished your 2nd book (Why Christians Will Suffer Great Tribulation) yesterday. Wow! The 10th chapter on the Passover Symbolism was the best I have ever read. Maybe you should go one step further and make slides and notes for teachers and Pastors to use, I'd buy it! Great job!

The next thing you know, some of the "Stars" will be appropriating your insight as their own. It happened to me in science arena. Greatest form of flattery there is. As the current trend lines play out, however, people will one day look back and say you were way out in front on many, many issues.

I really think your insights are so important that I am going to order your books for my kids to read. NO ONE is teaching what you are saying so thoughtfully and thus, we are vulnerable and unprepared for end-time events. This, I am sure, is not what God wants and so He has used you to further reveal what has been hidden from the Christian community at large. We are a people who love myths, traditi
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