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The Rapture: Simple scriptures regarding this blessed hope of the end times.
Scriptural predictions after the rapture. A coming storm...
Tribulation... it's definition.
According to scripture, the Rapture spoken of within the Bible's context foresees the snatching away of the overcoming Christians. The Bible speaks of God shorting those days lest even the very elect would be deceived. (Matthew 24:22) However, with the restraining force of the Holy Spirit surrounding Christians (John 16:7, 8 )removed as well, the earth will be consumed in an unveiled spiritual darkness. And though the rapture speaks of the taking away of His own (the Bride of Christ with out spot or blemish) an unseen pain has lingered... For as billions are taken, more billions will be left to the cruel hand of the Anti-Christ.
tribulation trib·u·la·tion [ trìbbyə láysh'n ]
- hardship: great difficulty, affliction, or distress
- cause of suffering: something that causes great difficulty, affliction, or distress, e.g. an ordeal
1 Corinthians 15:52-54
52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last
trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be changed.
53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and
this mortal must put on immortality.
54So when this corruptible shall have put
on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be
brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
Thoughts on Revelations
Chapter 22:20 "Behold I am coming quickly... And my reward is with Me..."
Christ Jesus was foretold to come to earth in the first Book of Genesis. He penetrated time for 33 years, a ministry for 3 years, and then an ascension into Heaven. And for thousands of years after his ascension, Heaven has been silent.
And the world sleeps. It slumbers. When it wakes... Ever a darkness were so stark, a world of forgotten memories of a God who so loveth... Now turned to a place where we dream not... And nightmares draw fear into us of a coming something...
And where is this Lord who is to come? He is already here... Walking amidts of us invisible, answering prayers quietly and warring for our souls and those whom we call Him to.
Call unto Me and I will show you great and mighty things you know not... Jeremiah 33:3
He stands and knocks... He is waiting. He is here. He came. He walks with us.
And His is returning.
And yet, our lost loved ones, searching for His forgiveness are waiting for His knock from your prayers. Yes He cometh and His reward is with Him...
Living in the moment when moments are all that matter.
Sleep. The world slumbers in it's worldly cares and daily routines. How does one keep his eye to the sky in search of a returning Christ? One way is to be not ignorant of the prophesies and scriptures.
1. Drinking in life. Carpe diem! Accepting a blessed hope that Christ is returning brings a mystery to us. It adds a wonder to us. Even His Word speaks of those who look for the return purify themselves. It makes this passing moment just that... A moment. A vapor which is appreciated like a memory
2. Wonder. Understand that God is sovereign, all knowing, ever present, all powerful. Imagine his authorship of Revelations was one of comfort. Imagine His hand writing every verse knowing the frame of man, lovingly scripting the end from the beginning. As the writer of Revelations, He is still our Abba, our Daddy God.
3. Appreciate. Be thankful. Travel with a butterfly. Open a book.
4. Watch and pray. Ask the Lord to help lead others to Christ, in the light that God will remember your lost loved ones.
Imagine: A thought on the rapture and its aftermath.
Imagine an atomic bomb exploding... And the pain of God seeing it take life in an instant. Now imagine the bomb being the rapture and the opposite being happen. When instead of taking life, it takes Life and leaves... Everything else... The amount of people left is not because they are not loved. But the Bride leaving because they loved God and in His pain refuses to let them find the tribulation that only belongs to a world that turned from Him.
Scriptures concerning the end times.
John 16:7, 8
"Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you. And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment."
1 Corinthians 15:52-54
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
Call unto Me and I will show you great and mighty things you know not...
Concerning the scripture, Christ spoke about five wise virgins who carried oil with them and five foolish virgins who were without oil. As if this isn't revelatory, Christ mentions that two will be beside each other and one will be taken. It's as if heaven and hell are literally beside each other and yet blind to the drastic change. Somehow, in this moment in time, we are wrestling for every moment for our lost, our cause, our life, our callings, our gifts.
Challenge: Look online on YouTube and search Rapture. Notice the amount of videos which are uploaded. Who is reaching out to the youth? Is it possible, the very anti-Christ is waiting for his moment? Are we even ready? What is going on? Are we investing in Prophecy from God's Word? In this light, where are we concerning these times? What finds first in us? Will our lost loved ones be reached? This moment finds us unarmed, not ready, blind, penniless and unguided.