Rather than go into an in-depth theological dissertation, let me sum up the subject matter:
Over the past 2000 years Bible-believing Christians have looked to the heavens for our Lord’s return or second coming to earth, as promised in Scripture, such as these examples:
In my Father’s house are many mansions (dwellings): 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 14:2-3. KJV)
Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52. ESV)
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18. ESV)
Note: True Christians are those individuals who believe the fact that Jesus Christ died on the cross in their place, as their substitute, to pay the penalty for their sins.
Christ’s second coming will be for the purpose of, 1. Gathering His own out of the world, 2. Cleansing the world by fire and tribulation, 3. Setting up His kingdom on earth for His 1000-year reign from the city of Jerusalem.
As noted above, there is a dual aspect to His second coming. When Jesus comes the second time His coming will begin secretly, in the clouds, at the beginning of the time known as The Great Tribulation. At this time, He will call (IE: snatch away quickly, rapture) all true Christians from the earth to be with Him in the clouds. He will then return to heaven with them for seven years while the tribulation rages on earth.
Note: There have been a number of illustrations in Scripture of people and events that have given us a brief snapshot of the rapture and the judgment to follow in the last days. Enoch, Noah and Lot come to mind. Enoch prophesied of a great judgement to come and then God simply took him alive to heaven.
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found (literally, he simply disappeared) because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. (Hebrews 11:5. ESV)
The great judgment of which Enoch preached came about hundreds of years later when Noah and his family were taken up in the ark, above the flood, while the balance of the world was drowned in judgment.
And the Lord Jesus gives a one-line preview of the rapture and the great tribulation that follows when He reminded us of the story of Lot being led out of Sodom just before the entire city was destroyed by fire from heaven.
but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— (Luke 17:29. ESV)
The great tribulation will be a seven-year period of horrible, never-before-known judgment upon the world. During this time two-thirds of the world’s population will be killed, either by the hand of apocalyptic crazed armies like ISIS, or by the cataclysmic judgements of God as foretold in the book of Revelation.
Note: There are differing theological views concerning the timing of events during the great tribulation. Most rapture scholars agree there will be a final, earth-cleansing judgement, they agree that there will be a rapture and a final great battle at Armageddon. There are differences of understanding, however, about exactly when these events occur; whether before, during or after the seven-year period of the tribulation.
At the end of the great tribulation Christ will return again, visibly this time, with His Christian family, to defeat His remaining enemies in the battle of Armageddon. After this He will then set up His throne in Jerusalem where He will rule and reign for 1000 years. Susan and I both hold to what we feel is the classic Biblical position of the pre-tribulation rapture.
Now, having said all this, the basic foundation is laid for the next bit of information. Because of the unfolding of current world events in relation to Biblical prophecy, we believe the world has entered what is called “the end of days.” Therefore, the time of the rapture of all Christians is imminent!
Imminent? Yes, in other words it could happen, literally, at any moment! So what am I saying to our family and friends who might not yet believe in Jesus for their eternal salvation?
First, ask Christ today to forgive your sins and give you the gift of eternal life.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23. ESV)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16. ESV)
Please ask Jesus to give you the free gift of eternal life today. This change of heart and simple prayer will assure you that you will not go through the great tribulation, nor face the fires of an eternal hell that follow.
Second, if you hesitate or refuse to ask Christ for eternal life, you might find, one of these days, that you talked with us in the morning and by afternoon, search as you may, we will have simply disappeared! And not on a trip to Hawaii!
Now you see us, now you don’t.
You may view this information as a silly, laughable thing. Not so. I have never been more sincere in any of the things I have written in these blogs over the past three years because, as in every other Bible truth I have discussed, this truth of the rapture is also based on the unfailing Word of God.
So, again … don’t be caught off guard.
Now you see us, now you don’t.
We love you all. See you next time … maybe!
Carl and Sue