Is the Rapture Happening in Front of our Eyes asks Work at Home Grandma
Watch for the Signs
Are we Waiting for the Rapture?
The Word Rapture is not in the Bible
OK so now you’re rolling your eyes and thinking --- what??? Then again, maybe not. Actually, the Rapture is a fairly well known belief and ideology that has been taught by Evangelical Christians since the beginning of time. I can vividly recall sitting in my little Baptist church when I was ten years old and hearing all about the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Second Coming of Christ and of course the big one --- the Anti-Christ or Mr. 666 as they call him in the movies.
To explain to those who may not know the philosophy: the Rapture is the event that occurs when Christ returns to earth to retrieve his own – Christians who have accepted the salvation of Jesus Christ and believe he is the Son of God. The Christians will be removed from earth all at once in a brief moment of time without anyone seeing them or knowing what has happened. After the event, the world will be in such chaos that the Anti-Christ will be able to present himself as the world savior when indeed he is the Devil incarnate. He will have power over all the earth for seven years until Jesus himself returns in victory. During this seven year tribulation period no one will be able to live without taking the mark of the beast which is the number 666.
There have, in fact, been countless movies that explore the theories, beliefs and speculations about the end times on earth. There are many that believe we are indeed living in those end times presently. After all, if you explore the prophetic truths of the Bible, you may also come to that same conclusion.
Prophesy in itself is one of the most fascinating areas of study. The Bible gives us the answers but God in His infinite wisdom gives us a free will to choose what we will believe and how we will apply those beliefs to our own lives.
Today we can look at the world chaos that exists in the Middle-East and even the anti-God principles that dominant our own society. Wars and rumors of war do exist. Catastrophic weather seems to be dropping from the sky. Wickedness oozes from the pores of men today more than at any other time in history. Or does it?
Looking back at history we can examine floods, wars, and pestilence and easily say they have been prevalent since the beginning of time. We just didn’t hear about them because we didn’t have satellite communications or the internet. This is all true.
When reading books about ancient civilizations we often cringe at the methods of survival and punishment used by them. The Roman Empire itself was one of the most barbaric civilizations on earth and yet many fail to grasp that it was into this culture that Christ was born and then suffered and died for the sins of the world.
If you are a Christian, you may or may not believe in the Rapture. In actuality, there is nowhere in the Bible that the word Rapture is even used. The Bible speaks of two being in the field; one is taken and one is left. It mentions the concept of people disappearing in the “twinkling of any eye”, but it does not say or use the word Rapture.
The Bible very clearly gave the parameters of Christ’s birth yet he was rejected. The Bible very clearly states the parameters of the second coming of Christ yet very few are looking to the skies. Have you ever given thought to what would really happen if suddenly millions of people disappeared from the face of the earth without any evidence of their whereabouts? The Evangelical church teaches there would be enough confusion and hysteria to allow one such man as the anti-Christ to step up and take charge. Even if a person is not a Christian would they not have heard this theory, would they not be aware and proclaim such truth or would Satan blind their eyes and harden their hearts. Could a man suddenly come out of nowhere and appeal to millions overnight? Could a man with seemingly no political prowess suddenly be capable of running the world? Surely someone would stop the madness. Or would they? Think about our own country and the extreme changes that have taken place during the last eight years.
Taking all this into consideration and giving credence to the prophecies of the Bible, perhaps another theory might be worth examining. What if the Rapture was not an event that took place in any one day or in any specific hour of time? What if the Rapture was taking place right under our noses and we had no idea it was happening. Just think, for example, a catastrophic event took place that made it impossible to identify victims or where no bodies could even be found yet thousands or millions of people were estimated to have died. If you think about it, planes have mysteriously disappeared from the skies even today. What if some of those people did not die at all? Would anyone be the wiser? Presumed dead but in actuality Rapture had happened to some of them. What if God intended to leave some Christians behind to be a witness and help others during the seven year tribulation?
Of course, this only a subjective theory and could never be proven but it would explain how millions of people could be taken from the earth without causing complete hysteria and how one charismatic man could ingratiate himself into the world without anyone suspecting his real purpose until it was too late.
The Bible tells us to watch for the return of Christ. Most believers know one day it will happen, but are they truly watching? Each of us is accountable to explore the truth and contribute to make the world we live in a better place. But ---- what if?