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  • #131398

    The time has come for a change for RITAN. This is not easy to do, but we must close down the RITAN website as she is now. The costs are growing higher and it is getting more difficult to pay for and maintain the site. I have discussed this with the other Mods and we are in agreement that this has to happen.

    But this is not the end for RITAN!! A website forum platform has become expensive and outdated, but with social media the way it is now, we basically can have the same type of discussion format on Facebook for free. RITAN already has an established Facebook page, and can easily transition into a discussion page for all of our members. It will be an open page, and members can post, much the same as RITAN has been.

    We will be taking down RITAN and putting up a permanent web page in it’s place to lead others to the RITAN Facebook page. I will also leave up an email address for members that want any questions answered. If you have any questions email us:
    raptureintheairnow@gmail.com

    RITAN’s last day will be Pentecost, June 4th, unless the site crashes before then. (We need to shovel more money into RITAN to keep her going, and we just don’t have the funds to do it.)

    I know some of you are not on Facebook or are intimidated by it, but it is actually quite simple to use. For those of you already on Facebook, you can “join group” at anytime and I will approve you ASAP. You then can begin posting. Here is the link

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/278160135977556/

    For those just joining Facebook, go here:

    http://www.facebook.com/r.php

    The biggest transition we will have is that on Facebook you will be using your real name (unless you use your RITAN name to sign up for your facebook account.) So others will have to get used to knowing who you are by your real name. Don’t worry, people won’t see your personal Facebook account unless you decide to send them or accept their friend requests.
    So when posting on Facebook RITAN, you may need to let people know who you are for a while until everyone gets to know everyone again. I suggest putting your RITAN name at the beginning of your posts.

    I hope this all goes smoothly, and I pray the Lord will continue to bless RITAN in this last transition before we all head home. I pray you all will handle this transition with grace and understanding. We have wonderful members, so I am expecting it all to go smoothly. Change is always hard, but I have no doubt God is behind this move and will bless our Facebook RITAN page. Thanks, everyone!

    Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

    And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”



    #131399

    Watchman35
    Participant

    Hmmmmm. June 4th Pentecost will be RITAN’s last day on the website. One of my first thoughts was how fitting it would be if that turned out to be our last day due to the harpazo!!! Maranatha Lord Jesus!!!

    John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled; you 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 to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."

    #131400
    Boulder95
    Boulder95
    Spectator

    That is really disappointing to hear. I dont like facebook they troll your comments and sometimes just erase them.

    #131401

    I have never had that happen to me and I continually post about Jesus on Facebook. I think we can trust God and pray for protection. The time is coming for censorship of all things Christian. We have seen the beginnings of that now. But we must realize that this website will be targeted also. That’s what this “fake news” thing will eventually lead to. The internet is now owned by the “world,” so things are going to change. All we can do is pray for our words to be protected.

    Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

    And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”



    #131402
    MyWhiteStone
    MyWhiteStone
    Participant

    Thanks, W&W and all the mods for the many long years of devotion in service to Rita Now!

    For years now I have fought the idea of being on social media. This may provide me an incentive finally to debut on Facebook, remaining partially incognito as MyWhiteStone there – if it’s available. It might be interesting to see if anyone in the outside world would friend someone with such a strange screen name.

    I honestly expect we may have gone home by Pentecost anyway. :yahoo:

    As they say, W&W, “…see you on the other side,” or is it now “…on the other site?”

    I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see Him with my own eyes -- I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! Job19:25-27



    #131403
    Melissa
    Melissa
    Participant

    Will be praying for this transition. I am so thankful to have had this site to visit. Trusting the Lord to provide for and accomplish His will in this situation. God bless all that have kept this site going for so long and much love in Christ to all here. :rose:

    It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. Psalm 118:8


    #131404
    David R
    David R
    Moderator

    This isn’t something which is happening exclusively to RITA Now. Other prophecy sites have been declining, and the reason is a changing Internet environment. Social media is rapidly taking on a different character.

    As I see it, people have been migrating to sites such as Facebook and YouTube, and away from forums, in order to have more control over the way in which their voices can be presented to the public. While we are comfortable with a fellowship of kindred hearts, so many aren’t interested in the sort of feedback and analysis we offer here on a moderated forum. They would rather have a platform in which they are able to put forth their own individual messages, and there are alternatives to do that. So this is not something we can resolve with more bells and whistles.

    The day is approaching when all Christian media will be silenced.

    I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. John 9:4

    My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;
    my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Psalm 84:2


    #131405
    No Other Rock
    No Other Rock
    Moderator

    I also post alot of Christian photo’s etc on Facebook. Also, think of a nick-name you’ve had etc if you don’t want to use your real name. :rose:

    I Am the Lord! Besides Me there is no Savior. For there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved!...For in him we live, and move, and have our being!

    #131406
    gobyebye
    gobyebye
    Participant

    See !!!
    I told ya the rapture should have happened by 2015!
    I had one attempt at Facebook, and it failed. Not sure I want to put my self out there again,
    I have had a couple of experiences with sites closing down, and both times the site just slid off in to oblivion.
    I am not hearing much about dates after 2018. And yet I be!ievé the Rapture could be as late as 2917. I do not expect to live that long. So at some point it makes sense to let up on the looking, and just go back to being about the Father’s business.

    #131407
    Loz
    Loz
    Participant

    Sad news indeed, but one can’t fail to see the timeframe of this incarnation of RITAN, I don’t believe it’s without coincindence.

    Many thanks to the Mods, posters and lurkers one and all, this site has been a blessing to me.

    If we are all still on terra firma come June 5th, may I suggest the Facebook Ritan group be made invite only as a closed discussion group?

    I belong to one such group in regards to support/information to my Myalgic Encaphallomyelitis, this will help prevent trollers, spammers and anyone itching to promote a non Pre-Trib position.

    Loz :[

    Psalm 18:2
    The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.


    #131408
    Savedat33
    Savedat33
    Participant

    This is unfortunate, mainly because most people are not aware of the darker aspects of Facebook and I wouldn’t be caught dead with an account Hahahah

    Happily, I don’t think there is much time left for the Church here, so the “gap” (if there is any between when RITA is buried and the move to Facebook) it won’t be all that long.

    With that said, it’s interesting that this website which is literally chalked full of useful teachings not only about the Lord and the Rapture but also the Tribulation is now going the way of the winds. The information to be gone, just as the Rapture appears most imminent. :whistle: Because we know what happens after the Church is gone, the great deception comes. A website like RITA would be worth its weight in gold for all of the studies and teachings during the Tribulation.

    So, Praise God! Even in this we can see how late the hour is! Like He is cleaning up the work spaces right before the end-of-shift bell (in our case trumpet) sounds. :yahoo:

    Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!

    #131410
    David R
    David R
    Moderator

    We’d like for everyone to make copies of the most useful posts. Some of it can be migrated to the new location. Also, we’re looking into keeping this site as a static page, with the stickies and instructions on where to find us.

    My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;
    my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Psalm 84:2


    #131411

    Mike Mc
    Participant

    this will help prevent trollers, spammers and anyone itching to promote a non Pre-Trib position.Loz :[

    I agree this has happen to many groups on Face Book in the past. the one thing is the Admins are able to Delete post and control the content and Block folks who Troll the Group.
    David I know you know this, Putting the most important things in a The File section at the top of the FB page..

    #131413

    If we are all still on terra firma come June 5th, may I suggest the Facebook Ritan group be made invite only as a closed discussion group?
    I belong to one such group in regards to support/information to my Myalgic Encaphallomyelitis, this will help prevent trollers, spammers and anyone itching to promote a non Pre-Trib position.
    Loz :[

    Yes! That is the plan. It is an open to the public page right now so that members can find us. We will probably keep it that way for a couple months, heavily monitored for trolls, until we think everyone has found us and then we will go to a private page. Members will still be able to invite any friends they wish to join us, and I encourage them to do so. We will also do some outreach to other Pre-trib groups and invite them to join us. There are some AMAZING believers on Facebook. God can use anything He wishes and no matter how you feel about facebook, God is using it mightily. I’ve seen it.

    .
    With that said, it’s interesting that this website which is literally chalked full of useful teachings not only about the Lord and the Rapture but also the Tribulation is now going the way of the winds. The information to be gone, just as the Rapture appears most imminent. :whistle: Because we know what happens after the Church is gone, the great deception comes. A website like RITA would be worth its weight in gold for all of the studies and teachings during the Tribulation.
    So, Praise God! Even in this we can see how late the hour is! Like He is cleaning up the work spaces right before the end-of-shift bell (in our case trumpet) sounds. :yahoo:
    Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!

    Yes, it is hard to let the majority of the archives go, and I have thought in the past that the site would be valuable to believers in the tribulation. But after the Holy Spirit is removed on the earth, evil will immediately begin to thrive. With the internet controlled by the UN, how long do you think they will really allow a site like ours to remain?
    It is a difficult thing to let go of RITAN. I would not do it if I did not feel the Spirit leading. Believe me, I have prayed continually about this for quite some time, and I was finally told to just let go and let God. And this is where He led. I’m sorry it is a bit painful, but with God, pain can lead to triumph.

    Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

    And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”



    #131415

    sonya b1974
    Participant

    Oh no. 🙁 I’m going to miss it here. 🙁 My name on Facebook is Sonya Bonadonna! Find me! 🙂

    but I have no doubt God is behind this move

    Oh! My first thought was Satan was behind this. Well Heavenly Father can use this and open more doors for us! 🙂

    #131417

    Oh no. 🙁 I’m going to miss it here. 🙁 My name on Facebook is Sonya Bonadonna! Find me! 🙂

    but I have no doubt God is behind this move

    Oh! My first thought was Satan was behind this. Well Heavenly Father can use this and open more doors for us! 🙂

    No, Satan has no authority here.
    I have sent you a friend request. I have red hair, so you’ll know it’s me. You can also just click on the first link above and then like the page.

    Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

    And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”



    #131418

    Leroy
    Participant

    Times have been a changing on the internet regarding sites like this one. More youtube content and far less blogging interaction have been the trend for at least the last two years or so. Hmm I wonder if it has anything to do with a huge amount of people being disappointed over 2012 then 2015 not being rapture years. Technology and the way communication is done has been changing so rapidly that a sites like this have diminished in size and audience. Its sad but it does leave a question as to where the so called cutting edge of the next tech based thing is. Im hoping that the rapture is indeed a springtime event as many have searched the scriptures and have come to a reasonable and very scripture based conclusion that it is, this year. We may very well indeed be on the last few meters of this 2000 meter race! The last few meters of a long race are always always the hardest. Feet scream out to stop, lungs on fire, seeing stars, feeling exhausted, raging thirst, sick even, a voice telling “you gonna die if you quit dont right now”, a desire to just want to quit. Yet there it is. The finish line a few more strides, the great cloud of witnesses cheering us on. A crown of victory awaits all who finish.
    …..
    Regardless of the timing of the rapture or whatever year it happens im gonna fallow jesus best way I know how. I do hope there could be a way made for anyone to download the entire archive of this site. So that even if we all have to go underground(a lot of us are already) if we are still here or those who find this after the rapture can have a resource they can refer to offline and to pass on to others via any means at hand such as a posted download site or just having it on a thumb drive to hand out. The night is indeed fast approaching where that may be the ONLY way we can spread the word of god, to encourage ourselves, to preach warn, and instruct.

    #131419
    Regina
    Regina
    Participant

    Thanks to the mods and all who have made RITAN a place to share and support one another in faith
    Hopefully the Lord will gather us to Himself soon. Being among those without a Facebook account, and not planning to open one, if we come to Pentecost still here, then my best wishes to you, the Lord bless you and grant you all peace as we await His return.

    Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise: your hand shall be in the neck of your enemies; your father's children shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, you are gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and to him shall the gathering of the people be. Gen 49

    #131421

    sonya b1974
    Participant

    No, Satan has no authority here.

    Oh good!!!

    I have sent you a friend request. I have red hair, so you’ll know it’s me. You can also just click on the first link above and then like the page.

    Okay I friended you! 🙂

    #131422

    sonya b1974
    Participant

    And yet I be!ievé the Rapture could be as late as 2917.

    No no! It’s not going to be that far away!!!

    #131423
    TerribleSwiftSword
    TerribleSwiftSword
    Participant

    Guess I am another one who will have to say good-bye to y’all!

    No way will I be involved in Face Book.

    signing off,
    TerribleSwiftSword. . . 🙁



    #131424

    Watchman35
    Participant

    This development is bothering me more than I expected it to. Allow a Watchman to share his heart…

    One of the things that I dislike most about this broken, sinful world is death and saying goodbye. Loved ones, relationships, online communities… This kind of stuff makes me very sad. Been thinking about this off and on during the day. I check RITAN multiple times during the day for encouragement and to help me not fall captive to the tyranny of the urgent at work to such a degree that I momentarily lose my eternal perspective on things.

    I have never been one of those who is particularly blessed or gifted with the ability to enthusiastically embrace change. It is very stressful, difficult, and uncomfortable for me. Frankly, though never tested, I have a strong suspicion that I fall somewhere on the “Aspergeresque” region of the autism spectrum, which, for those of you familiar with that stuff, means change is particularly stressful. I deal with it reasonably well out of necessity, but the truth be known I much prefer predictability. With as much pain and sorrow as I have had in my life, it’s easy for me to understand why that is. It gives me a sense a security, if only a momentary illusion. Like maybe I can actually control a little piece of the universe just enough to keep one more horrific thing from happening to me or someone I love.

    You remember that guy in the commercial who is in line at some retail establishment and brings the entire scene to a screeching halt when he reaches for his check book…I’m that guy. You know, the one that everybody glares at for holding up the line. LOL. (I actually still do pay with a check at the grocery store, although Wal-Mart makes it almost a moot issue by the speed with which they are now able to process their checks with an auto-printer that fills it out for you.) My point is, I typically deal with just enough technology to keep me serviceable in today’s insanely exponential change. That is one of the numerous reasons I have intentionally avoided Facebook thus far (along with the idea that I don’t think people really care that I just had my dog’s nails trimmed at Petco). :Hi:

    Now, given this turn of events, I will have to ponder whether I take on yet another technology system to have to learn, with a another user name and password that I have to add to a list of names and passwords that already barely fits on a single 8 1/2 x11 sheet of paper. Can I just say, I would much prefer to leave this all behind and just be at rest in my Abba’s arms. My user name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and my password is the only Name given among men under heaven by which we must be saved, Yeshua!!!

    I will miss RITAN very much if I end up not setting up a Facebook account. I am not technologically illiterate, though I am certainly not the sharpest crayon in the box either when it comes to matters of technology. Can you access someone’s Facebook site to read, even if you do not have your own Facebook account? I will have to think about this some more.

    In closing this lengthy post (thanks for hanging in there with me if you have stayed this far), I do want to say a genuine and heartfelt thank you to all of the people who have contributed financially and with their time to help keep this site up and running. When combining the time I have been a reader, plus the time I have been a poster, I think I have been around this site for about two years. It has been a tremendous blessing and encouragement to me. Thank you. And remember, the Lord is “not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” I think it is safe to say, rewards coming at the Bema!

    Blessings to each of you in the Name of Our Savior, Redeemer, and soon Coming King, Yeshua HaMashiach. Maranatha, Lord Jesus.

    John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled; you 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 to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."

    #131425
    TerribleSwiftSword
    TerribleSwiftSword
    Participant

    Thank you Watchman35 – I agree, and applaud your sentiments!



    #131427

    Watchman 35, I Know where you are coming from. I have a son who is Asperger, so I understand the difficulty with dealing with change. Facebook may seem overwhelming, but I just want you to know that we are here for you if you decide to want to join. We can answer any questions you may have. I hate to think that you would feel disconnected from fellow believers.

    Since the RITAN Facebook account is an open page, I do believe you should be able to still read it without being a Facebook member. I’m not positive, but I think so. LOL. Click on the link and see if you go to the facebook page.
    https://www.facebook.com/RaptureInTheAirNow/
    It may ask you to Log in to facebook or join facebook, but I think there is a “Not now” option you can click on and still be able to read the page. You can give it a try.

    I know many have an aversion to Facebook, and that is fine. I am not here to change anyone’s mind, but I just want to say that Facebook is not evil. Yes there can be evil on there, but there can also be great good. The good thing is that you can tailor your page to be what you want it to be. My personal Facebook page is an all out Jesus-fest! I have Christian friends that I fellowship with every single day. I have news feeds from trusted news sites and from Israel. Those that have not tried it, you may not know that this is possible, but it can be a great witness for Christ.
    Just throwing that out there. 🙂

    Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

    And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”



    #131428

    sonya b1974
    Participant

    I don’t think people really care that I just had my dog’s nails trimmed at Petco). :Hi:

    Awwww I care!!! I love doggies! 🙂 I hate change too. *BEARHUGS*

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