The Rapture – when millions of true Christian believers are swept away to heaven just before the Antichrist comes to power in the beginning of the end of the world as we know it.
You’re driving southbound on the highway on a warm afternoon. You’re behind a convertible in the center lane with a fish symbol on the rear bumper. The driver is a middle-aged man wearing a baseball cap. You think, “Oh, there goes another one of those Christians.” Then all of a sudden, you realize that the driver is gone. The convertible swerves to the right out of its lane and crashes into the truck in the next lane.
You pass by the reck trying to dial 911 on your cell. You pull over to see if you can assist as you’re talking to the 911 operator giving them your location. You look around, under the car, no driver.
The driver of the truck comes out – he seems ok, but is also puzzled that the driver apparently disappeared
“I was passing him and he suddenly vanished!” the truck driver tells you.
Then you notice that on the northbound lane, several cars have crashed there. You tell the 911 operator that there’s another accident in the northbound side and that the driver there also seems to be missing.
You get back into your vehicle after 911 assures you that they’re sending someone and you continue heading south until you come to yet another accident where more than several cars seem to have lost their driver.
Then you look up when you see a jet, that just took off from the Airport, start losing altitude and crash into the downtown area.
Then you stop and remember what a Christian friend had told you about the Rapture and how she tried to get you to believe in Jesus Christ and you say, “Wow, she was right.” You cross your arms on top of the steering wheel, lay your head down and weep.
Ok, you’ve got the picture. Let’s hope the Rapture happens during the middle of night your time so there is less damage. But imagine that same scenario taking place everywhere around the world. All the Christians simply vanish.
The World Without Christians
If you think the world is a mess now, imagine what it will be like after the millions of godly people (Christians) – the “salt” and the “light” – on this earth are taken away. The devil will have a field day – literally.
“You may think the world today is degenerating into rampant greed and immorality, and indeed it tis. But as bad as things are becoming, we can hardly overstate the horror that will occur when society loses the tempering influence of the Christians.” (Dr. David Jeremiah, “What in the World is Going On? 10 Prophetic Clues You Cannot Afford to Ignore”)
That’s when the Antichrist will come into power. He’ll be from a European country with Italian/Roman heritage. He’ll be a peacemaker – organizing the chaos – bringing hope. He’ll claim to be the Messiah. He’ll show signs of power and miracles.
He’ll set up a system where you won’t be able to buy or sell anything without having his mark on your hand or your forehead. If you don’t take the mark, you will be killed. Nice choice. He’ll make a peace 7-year treaty with Israel then break it after 3 years.
The the Tribulation starts 7 years of nasty, nasty stuff – horrors worse than anything the world has ever seen. (Revelation 6:12-17)
Nothing impure will ever enter it [heaven], nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. ~ Revelation 21:27
Will you be left behind? Is your name in the Lamb’s book of life? If you’re not sure, you’d better think about it.
If you are left behind, you will have a second chance to commit yourself to Jesus Christ, but that doesn’t mean you won’t go through the suffering of the Tribulation. As a follower of Christ you cannot take the mark of the beast so you’ll have to fend for yourself when it comes to buying anything that you need. You’ll have to go underground because the Antichrist’s army will be looking for you. But if they do find you and kill you, you’ll be guaranteed a place in heaven with Jesus.
In “Left Behind – the Movie” Rev. Bruce Barnes (played by Clarence Gilyard), a minister, was left behind. See, he preached the Gospel and he knew Jesus was the Son of God, but that wasn’t enough. He said, “Knowing and believing are two different things.” He missed the boat and was left to deal with the coming Tribulation.
76% of the American population considers themselves Christian, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are saved. Still, if more than have of the U.S. population vanishes at the Rapture, the people left behind will have a tough time to say the least.
Will you be left behind?
Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. ~ Matthew 24:40-44
Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you [Christians] from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those [unbelievers] who live on the earth. ~Revelation 3:10
Wouldn’t it be logical to make sure that you’re not left behind?
It’s actually very easy to guarantee yourself a room in God’s mansion and the prize is promise, hope, peace and joy – that sounds much better doesn’t it?
Just pray this prayer honestly and wholeheartedly and your name will be written in the Lamb’s (Jesus’) Book of Life and you will be among the millions of Christians to be caught up in Jesus’ arms into paradise in heaven. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-5:11)
Lord Jesus, I need You to guide my life. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Lord and Savior. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.
If you received Jesus into your heart, welcome to the family of God! The following will help you deepen your relationship with Christ:
Pray. Just talk to God no matter where you are. He doesn’t care what the words are, just that they are sincere. Read: How to Pray
Read the Bible everyday to learn about Jesus and how to live a life that pleases God. Start with 1 John, then the Gospel of John, then Philippians. Read: How to Read the Bible
An important part of helping your relationship with Christ grow is to tell others about Him. Demonstrate God’s love and be active in telling others about Jesus.
Find a bible-based church and become active getting to know other Christians.
Being a Christian is a journey of faith with the goal to be closer to God and live like Christ and sometimes it is a struggle for some Christians to live like Christ. It also doesn’t guarantee that life will be trouble free. God sends trials to test our faith. So we must read the Bible to grow stronger in faith.
I have my reservation, do you?