In the blink of an eye millions of people have disappeared from earth. You’re still here.
You have been left behind, but you have not been forgotten.
Nothing like this has ever happened on this scale in the history of man. The world is in a panic. You are scared out of your wits, but as bad as things are now for you, there is still hope. God still loves you, and offers you light in a dark world. His hand still reaches out to save you.
You have missed this part of what Jesus called the “first resurrection,” but He is coming back again. You were not ready this time, but you can be ready for His next return. Read on, and I will tell you where you are now, what to expect over the next seven years, and how to survive in an impossible situation.
WHERE YOU ARE NOW:
What just happened is an event Christians called the Rapture. Now let me explain why it happened.
About 2,550 years ago God promised the nation Israel that He would give them 490 years “to (1) finish their rebellion, (2) put an end to their sin, (3) atone for their guilt, (3) bring in everlasting righteousness, (4) confirm the prophetic vision, and (5) anoint the Most Holy Place (NLT).” “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.” (Daniel 9:24) After 483 years, Israel had accomplished nothing except to murder God’s Son Jesus. Therefore, God temporarily set Israel aside as a nation while He called people out from the Gentiles to be His Church (or the bride of Christ), keeping in mind that individually, Jews and Gentiles could be part of His Church. “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:14-16)
Remember, God still owed Israel seven years. Once the Church was complete, God was ready to deal with Israel again, the remaining seven years, and to bring judgment upon the earth, but before this could happen, the Church had to be removed. Jesus came in the air and called all who were in His Church, those who had died physically and those who were still living, to meet Him in the air. From there, He took His Church, His bride, back to Heaven. Those who were not part of His Church were left behind to go through the remaining seven years promised the nation Israel. This is where you are now.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Since the vanishing of so many people at once has caused such great problems upon earth, you will see very soon the entire world forming a one world government. There will be a one world leader over this new world government, who peacefully comes to power. He will seem to have all the answers to solve the world’s problems. He will prove himself by accomplishing something that no other leader has ever been able to do. He will confirm a covenant with Israel and her enemies, thus seemingly bringing peace in that area. The Bible calls him the antichrist. This starts the remaining seven years God promised the nation Israel. It is called the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble”, the Day of Lord, or the “Tribulation.”
At the mid-point of these seven years, the world leader (antichrist) will stop the sacrifices at Israel’s Temple (which by now has been built), magnify himself as deity, take his seat in the Temple, announce that he is God, and demand everyone to worship him. (He will probably have an image of himself setup for his subjects to worship.)
A small sampling of events during this time is as follows. Even more false christs will continue to appear. Wars will intensify, as will famine, death, those dying for their belief in God, and terror. One third of the earth will be burned up by hail and fire. One third of the seas, rivers and springs will be destroyed. All aquatic life will be killed. One third of the sun, moon and starts will not produce light. Fierce heat from the sun will bring agony upon mankind. People will break out in loathsome and malignant sores who take the mark of the beast (antichrist). The earth will become darkened. The Euphrates River will dry up.
The horrors of this seven year period will increase each year in its intensity until it culminates in Jesus Christ’s return at the end. By the end, judgment upon the world will be so intense all life would cease to exist if Christ would not return to put an end to it. Over 50% of the world population will be destroyed, and that doesn’t even take into account the number who will die in the last battle when Jesus returns.
Can there be any hope for anyone who has been left behind?
HOW TO SURVIVE AND IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION:
I do not mean to soften the agony of the Tribulation in the least. It is going to be the most terrible time the world has ever experienced. Even so, if you call upon God to save you by professing faith in His Son Jesus Christ, He will do so. That does not mean you will avoid the effects of God’s onslaught upon the earth. It does not mean that you will not suffer, or even lose your life. It does mean however, that whether you survive to the end or are martyred before, your soul will be saved, safe and secure with Jesus Christ.
I previously listed just a few things that will take place, so you may know before they occur that God’s Word is true. By reading His Word, the Bible, you will find what God says will happen during this time. You will see convincing proof that everything He says in the Bible will be fulfilled to the letter. For example, read Psalms 83, Ezekiel 38-39, the book of Daniel, and the last book, Revelation, to start with.
It will not be easy, but even in the midst of terror, peace can be had if Jesus is living in your heart. You can know that no matter what happens your soul is safe with Him.
It will end. Unlike the Church looking for the Rapture, you can count down the days until Jesus returns to the Mount of Olives, the Second Coming. Then you can rejoice, because we all will go with Jesus in what the Bible calls, the Millennium or the one thousand year reign on earth. Satan and his demons will be bound for Christ’s thousand year reign. When the one thousand year reign is ended, Christ will free Satan just long enough to permanently defeat him and put him and all his followers away for good. After that, we all reign forever with the one true God, Jesus Christ.
My articles are posted at “Pre-Rapture Commentary” http://grant-phillips.blogspot.com/ and many are also posted at “Rapture Ready” http://www.raptureready.com/featured/phillips/phillips.html.