This blog was originally posted back in 2013. I have polished it a bit and re-posted it here because the message it broadcasts is more needed today than ever before!
The end of the world … as we’ve known it! Are you ready for it? So how does one prepare for the end of the world? Build an underground bomb shelter, stock it with food and water, hide out there and wait? Absurd!!! Or the opposite extreme … “Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die?” Admittedly a better option than the bomb shelter. But then what happens after we die? What happens when we finally, actually meet God in His court room, on judgment day? Whoa! Didn’t think about that? (Hebrews 9:27.)
Most people know in their heart that a time is coming, perhaps in our immediate future, when the world will face great and terrible cataclysmic events. But a meteor collision with planet earth would not be the end. NO, that would only be the beginning of troubles, both physical and spiritual! Troubles for those who have not hidden in the eternal safety of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 24:7, Mark 13:8, Luke 21:11.)
There are divergent views among Biblical scholars about an end-times event called the “Rapture.” It literally means the instantaneous snatching away of all true Christians. Many scholars believe it will occur immediately before the beginning of what is called “The Great Tribulation.” During the Rapture Jesus will come secretly, in the clouds, to call his bride (all true Christians) up and out of this world in a moment of time. (1 Thessalonians 4:14 thru 5:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-8; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52. All considered together.)
When a person believes that Christ died in their place, as their substitute, to pay for their sins, they receive the gift of eternal life. At that instant God’s Holy Spirit takes up permanent residence in their heart as a comforter; that is, one called along side to guide and watch over God’s child. (John 14:16-17.) God the Holy Spirit seals the new-born Christian for eternity as one of God’s children. (Ephesians 1:13.)
On the other hand the Bible predicts terrible devastation to come upon our earth, therefore subjecting those who are not in God’s family, that is, those who are left behind here on earth, to “suffer the consequences,” so to speak. The tribulation can be understood as a cleansing of the earth in preparation for the visible return of Jesus Christ when He sets up His one thousand year kingdom to rule and reign on earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
I, and many others, believe that God will not allow those true Christians who are alive when the Great Tribulation begins, to go through that terrible seven-year period. I believe our Lord Jesus will snatch all of His children out of the world first, and then unleash seven years of horror and devastation like mankind has never before known.
Wars and rumors of wars, undoubtedly laced with atomic warfare; yes, maybe meteors, small and large, striking planet earth; earthquakes on an unimaginable scale; floods and famine, sickness and disease rampant. The death of fully one third of earth’s population will happen in the first wave of tribulation and another third in the final holocaust! Not a good picture.
On February 15, 2013 a major meteor skimmed the earth’s atmosphere, coming within 17,000 miles. A few hours before that fly by, a substantial meteorite hit Siberia, causing damage to buildings and spreading physical harm to over fifteen hundred people. Perhaps God was saying, “Look up to Me, repent of your sins and rest in my Son. Your time is short!”
In recent days Pope Benedict XVI resigned as head of the Roman Catholic church. Irish Bishop, Malachy, who died in 1148, predicted that the man chosen by the College of Cardinals to be Benedict’s successor will be the final pope of all time and the pope who will “feed his flock amid many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city (Rome?) will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people.”
Is Malachy’s prediction indisputable proof of the soon coming of the Great Tribulation? No. Is a meteor buzzing earth or one striking Siberia proof? No. Are these things together proof that the end time is very near? Not “Proof.” But would you not agree that any rational, thinking person should at least consider these and many other current events in the light of Biblical prophecy as a reasonable and prudent warning? Something one should not put off?
The question is, have you been born into God’s family spiritually? Are you one of God’s children or are you still a child of the Devil, headed for an eternity away from the presence of God the Father?
Going through the Great Tribulation is avoidable! And more importantly, spending eternity in hell is also avoidable!
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV)
How can we escape from the wrath to come? Just rest in Jesus. Admit to Him that you are a sinner. Recognize that there is a price tag on your sin, and that the price God demands for your sin is eternal suffering in hell, separated from God and all the wonderful eternal blessings He has planned for His children. Then understand that God sent His Son, The Lord Jesus Christ, to die in your place, as your substitute, to pay for your sins. Believe this with all your heart and Christ will come into your life as Lord and Savior, giving you the gift of eternal life. (Romans 6:23; John 3:14-18.)
Great Tribulation or not, come what may, my sweet bride and I are safe and secure in Jesus. Are you?
Settle this whole matter. Ask Jesus to forgive your sins and save you today.
(For more information on how to become a child of God and be included in His family read my “Booklets,” found under that heading at the top of this page.)
Love and prayers,
Carl and Sue