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I have noted a trend that is becoming disturbing. However, I understand why it is occurring. I have noted an increase in people who profess to being servants of Jesus Christ yet deny His very Words that He Himself spoke. What is worse is that it has to do with His soon return.
Too many are confusing the rapture with the return of Christ. To the point that they are denying the existence of the rapture itself. Nevertheless, these are the Words of Christ:
Luke 21:34-36 NKJV – “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Matthew 24:36-42 NKJV – “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.
These are the words of Jesus Christ telling all of a rapture. He also gave a clue as what to look for. The behavior of those in the time of Noah, and what describes the behavior of those in the end-times that will be like those in the time of Noah?
2 Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV – But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
Now Satan is quite aware that the rapture is near. Remember He was once an angel. A servant of God. Therefore, part of the great deception is to confound and confuse those that are weak in their knowledge of the Scriptures. Those that still partake of milk instead of solid food. These people listen to those that profess to being in contact with God. Not realizing they are listening to wolves in sheep’s clothing.
People have to understand that if they accept Christ as their Savior, they themselves become a disciple to Him. So, it is their responsibility to learn fully the Bible for themselves. That way they can discern for themselves who is speaking the Truth. I challenge all to fully read the Scriptures and see which is correct. The people they listen to or the Bible.
But to get back on track.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 NKJV – But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.
Now what is important is Christ full return will be when He steps foot upon this planet once again. Nothing precludes Him from being in the atmosphere of this planet. Also, there is a need for some event to signal the beginning of the seven years of the tribulation. That is the Rapture.
Christ Himself described turmoil and calamity which are found during the tribulation. Yet as was witnessed in the verses from Luke chapter twenty-one all can avoid this if they follow the teachings found in the Bible. However, we already know that most will reject this Truth. This is seen in two places.
Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV – “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Revelation 7:9-14 NKJV – After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
The entire seven years is the Great Tribulation. However, we are told this in 2 Thessalonians:
2 Thessalonians 2:3-8 NKJV – Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.
He who restrains the antichrist is the Holy Spirit. However, where does the Holy Spirit reside?
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV – Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
If the Holy Ghost resides in us. Those that are filled with the Holy Spirit must be removed from the face of the earth to allow the antichrist to be fully revealed.
Daniel 9:27 NKJV – Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate.”
This is a description of the events about the third temple. At the middle of this period called the tribulation the temple is defiled. This is when the antichrist is fully revealed for all to see. This cannot be accomplished unless the Holy Spirit is removed from the face of the earth which corresponds with Revelation chapter seven. Meaning that in the first three and a half years those that were not prepared and watchful will fix their relationship with God thus being counted in the billions or as the text states “uncountable.”
This is the Truth of the Word of God.
However, many deny this Truth. They say there will be no rapture. When Christ Himself said there would be.
1 Timothy 6:3-5 NKJV – If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.
The Bible itself identifies those that don’t acknowledge the word spoken by Jesus Christ Himself. Since Christ said there is to be a rapture then there is to be one and it is before the tribulation and at the midpoint as well. Two different events of two different sizes. Both required to allow the antichrist to be revealed. For both remove those that have been graced with the Holy Spirit, thus making way for evil to be able to run rampant as is witnessed by the desecration of the third and last temple.
But what of the rapture shown in the book of Daniel?
To answer that we must understand how Daniel actually wrote what would become his book in the first place. From verses 2:4-7:28 are written in Aramaic. Meaning the beginning and the ending were written in Hebrew. Scholars agree that this is a type of aiming for those who are to read this book. These separated areas of Daniel to their respective readers of that language. The Aramaic parts aimed at all of humanity while the Hebrew parts were meant only for the Jewish people and then in time those who would become Christian.
This being said. When approached with understanding that the aimed audience is those that form the nation of Israel in the first part and last part of the book of Daniel. Therefore, the prophesied rapture shown in chapter 12 is exclusively given to those that form the tribes of Israel and no others. So, let us look at these verses
Daniel 12:1-3 NKJV – “At that time Michael shall stand up, The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; And there shall be a time of trouble, Such as never was since there was a nation, Even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, Every one who is found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever.
These verses describe the tribulation and is directed to those events that occur after the antichrist is revealed. It even implies the 144,000 of chapter seven of the book of Revelation verses one through eight. Their sealing which occurs just before the midpoint of the tribulation, which will protect them from attack by the antichrist and those who follow this person. It also shows the rapture of the Jewish people, which takes place just before Jesus Christ return, otherwise known as the pre-wrath rapture.
What many do not realize is how the great deception is to work. Many think and believe that it will be out right denial and rejection of God. They would be right. However, they would also be wrong.
The best definition of the word “deception” is: dishonest or illegal methods that are used to get something, or to make people believe that something is true when it is not.
But note it is called the “great deception.” many that fall for it believe whole-heartedly that they are following the Truth. Nevertheless, most go against who is the Truth, Jesus Christ our Savior and yet they profess in all honesty that they are “Christian.” They have already accepted the lie over the Truth. Thus, they have already accepted the great deception. Most chase after what they call what is right and say they must and will do what is right. Yet their “right” does not follow the teachings of Christ Jesus.
We are in the great deception, the great falling away. One of the visible signs is the increase in tattoos by those that profess to being followers of Jesus are just one example. Just as there are those that deny the rapture, those that believe wholeheartedly that they follow Christ, yet live their lives in and of the world are a part of the great falling away.
Jesus Christ is soon to return. It is soon to happen however you may wish to believe it will occur. What is important is that you fix your relationship with God through Jesus Christ and live as He told us to live our lives. the more you deny the Truth the more you will have to suffer. be it in the tribulation or in the pit of fire. it is your choice where you wish to face eternity.