One of these day, and I feel it to be very soon now, Jesus Christ will be returning in the air to gather all His saints. Even though not specifically referred to as the rapture in the Bible, it is basically a "catching away" of all the saints ( believers) who have ever been born. ( 1 Cor 15:51-55 ) ( 1 Thess 4:15-18 )
Why do I say soon ? Well, all one needs do is read the newspaper or tune in the local TV news, by comparison with Bible prophecy, to reach that conclusion. Yes, beloved we are going home soon and we look forward to Christ's appearing. ( Luke 21:28 ) (Titus 2:13 )
So, what will be the excuse, for all the missing people ? I don't rightly know. However, I do know it will be the biggest lie ever told, for Satan will be the main player and he is the father of all lies. ( John 8:44 )
And one need only look around to see that this old world is just ripe for such a lie. For all mankind seems to be grasping for hope, any kind of hope, be it real or false. ( 2 Timothy 4:3-4 )
According to the modern day search capability of the internet, the main excuse may be that all Christians have been abducted by aliens.
After the rapture of the church the world will be spiritual disarrayed, due to this devastating catastrophe, as the event will be alarming to the entire planet. Thus, the theory of alien abduction may be given as verifiable proof of a literal massive extraterrestrial presence. For you see, all the leaders of the entire world will need to quickly and compassionately suave the minds of all mankind. And what a better news media buzz word than " alien abduction".
Countless videos of spaceships, radar recordings and alien sightings may be used in deception by both governments and the main line news media. These groups may give a reasonable explanation that certain groups of people will have had to be evacuated by our extraterrestrial "space brothers" because of catastrophic earth changes.
Another theory is according to the New Age mind-set. The people who leave the planet during the time of Earth changes do not fit in here any longer, and they are stopping the harmony of Earth. When the time comes that perhaps 20 million people leave the planet at one time there will be a tremendous shift in consciousness for those who are remaining.
And yet another explanation, that may be offered for the disappearance of all the believers of Jesus Christ, is one of an evolutionary purge. The basic concept is that as earth and humanity is evolving into a higher spiritual consciousness, those whose thought patterns are of the past, and which hinder the evolutionary path, will appear to vanish. It is explained that these souls will be taken elsewhere to evolve at their own rate and they will miss their chance to participate with the rest of the earth's inhabitants.
Enough artificial speculation, as to these secular internet theory's, as I am not thoroughly convinced of any secular view points. We know that Satan is currently the "prince of the air". So, evil will surely explain away the Christian disappearance.( Revelation 13:7 ) ( Revelation 16 :13-14 )
You see, the world fails to view any charismatic event as spiritual in nature. And Satan himself will make sure that it will be treated with ridicule, contempt and mockery by the world's media and the government entities. However, I feel God will see to it that it not be hidden and that it be highly publicized so that those left behind might still come to their senses, as it will occur in the open, and everybody left behind will surely know someone who was raptured.
The main line news media will not be able to hid the truth as it will happen suddenly, unexpectedly, and lightning fast--"in the twinkling of an eye," as the Bible puts it. And there will be evidence all over the world that this event occurred. In fact, some national leaders will disappear, celebrities in entertainment and professional sports will disappear, entire families will disappear, disbelieving spouses will see their mates vanish, children will disappear, leaving financial accounts, homes, cars, businesses and relationships behind. What a mess that will be.
So, the main problem for the world's leaders will be trying to convince people that it didn't happen. You see, if the world's leaders admit that it did happen then, logically, everything that Christianity has stood for through the ages, must in fact be true.
So, although the rapture will shock everybody and will be covered in the media and everybody left will be aware of someone who is gone, the leaders of the world will begin their great deception, trying to convince the population left behind that there was no rapture.
Believe it or not, this mass deception will probably be very easily done, as most left behind will have already been in a state of deception. They have been deceived into believing that Jesus is not the real Messiah and that the word of God is not true. The world's leaders will declare that there was no rapture, that a mass hysteria just took place, by whatever theory they conjure up, and the news media will go along with the theory as they always do.
However, the true details that will always be left out of the government or the main news explanations, will be the glorious abduction that Christians have been longing for ever since Jesus ascended from the Earth,( Titus 2:13 ) rather than the hostile forces of evil.( 2 Thess 2:9 )
I'm really not sure how the " left behind" crew will take all of this but one thing I do know, that for all us Christians, it will be the ride of our lives. We will disappear instantaneously from the earth, in a moment of time. In one instant we will be present on the earth and in the next instant we will be gone. In one instant Christians will be driving cars, flying airplanes, working on computers, in other words transacting life. In the next instant under this scenario cars and planes will suddenly be out of control and millions of people will “instantaneously in a moment of time” disappear without a trace.( 1 Thess 4:16-17 ) ( 1 Cor 15:51-53 )
This disappearance, or the "catching away" of every born-again Christian will only be the first in a long line of miracles and fulfillment of prophecy to occur in the last days. Although many will not believe, all will know that God is in control.
Conversely, many will still not realize that the end of this age does not entirely revolve around the human race. You see, the end could have occurred long ago, had it not been for God's desire to rescue humanity from Satan's influence. That is the full number of Gentiles who will be saved ( Acts 15:14 ) ( Romans 11:25)
This rapture we have been discussing could now come at any time. But what if you are not ready to meet Jesus in the air ? If so, God has given you a way to turn from your evil sinful nature. You may do this by faith in God's free grace for your life. You see, you can never earn your way to God. You can never work your way to God. And your good family or friends can never be a substitute for you coming to God. ( Ephesians 2:8-9 ) Just simply ask Jesus into your life and forgive you of your sins.
If you have done this, then I ask you to do three
1) Start reading your Bible, starting with the gospel of John.( Timothy 3:16)
2) Start attending a good Bible believing church that teaches the full gospel. ( 1 Cor 15:1-4 )
3) Start telling your friends, family and others what God has done for you. ( 1 Peter 3:15)
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Why does the Holy Spirit always talk to me about obedience to His voice and never talks to me about "rapture".
I went to a very large church, that was so concerned, with a way to escape being obedient to the REAL voice of the Lord, that "rapture" was their favorite topic. The Lord is never talking about escape but one of self sacrifice, even unto death, even for your enemies! Those that oppose themselves, we are to loving provide assistance, delivering them from death. Jesus was concerned for one thing, and one thing alone, obeying His Father, through the voice of the Holy Spirit! He is our example, we would be well advised to to the same, get on with the work, and stay away from foolish talk, that produces nothing of value, only strife!