Be Rapture Ready or Be Left Behind Part I
Be Rapture Ready or Be Left Behind
Back in 1995, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins co-authored a New York Times best-seller book titled Left Behind, a Novel of the Earth’s Last Days, based upon their study of the Holy Bible and its references to the Rapture of ready believers, and of those Left Behind. The widely popular book then became a series of 16 books, known as the Left Behind Series relating to the subject of the Rapture. The last book in the series was Kingdom Come: the Final Victory published in 2007. All told, nearly 50 million books were purchased, and likely read by millions more.
As world events are heating up in the world- countries and governments are growing broke under huge unrepayable debts, worldwide economic instabilities, recent severe droughts in the US where nearly 50% of exports of the corn, wheat, and soybeans to the rest of the world come from, tension and a probable war looming in the Mideast with the threats of nuclear bombs being employed, and the likelihood of resulting sharply rising gasoline prices , an Armageddon syndrome pervades the minds of many people all over the world, and many are wondering if the end is near!
From the New Testament of the Bible, Jesus warned us that there will great tribulation such as the world never experienced, neither will it ever Mt24:21. Jesus said ‘.. be ye also ready; for in such an hour as you think not, the Son of man cometh’ Mt24:44, and ‘Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man’ Lk21:36. In both verses, Jesus was speaking of the Rapture!
The Case for Being Rapture Ready
We must be ready because Jesus is coming quickly, as ‘a thief in the night’ 1Th5:2. Jesus is coming only for those who are ready for Him; for a Church without spot or wrinkle Ep5:27; for a pure and holy people. Paul wrote God ‘shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ’ 1Co1:8. Jesus said ‘.. behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be’ Re22:12. Heb9:28 tells ‘..unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation’. After the Rapture, Great Judgment and Tribulation will fall upon the earth Mt24:21.
Great anxiety, perplexities and suffering shall affect every living soul. Paul wrote before the Lord’s return, there will be a falling away of many church members into apostasy 2Th2:3-12. Jesus said ‘.. except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish’ Lk13:5; ‘.. except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved’ Mt24:22. ‘For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ’ 1Th5:9. Jesus will deliver us from the ‘wrath to come‘ 1Th1:10.
Without Jesus, there is no hope. Not to be ready, is to suffer in the forthcoming Great Tribulation. Those who left their first love, the fornicators and the lukewarm in Re2 and Re3 will not be ready, and will be Left Behind. While it is not certain when the Rapture will take place, we are told to watch for the signs and be ready for His coming.
In 1Th4:15-18, Paul wrote about the Rapture of both the dead and of the living. He said ‘.. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.’ This is the Rapture of the saints at the time of Christ’s coming.
Jesus himself shall descend from heaven and cause the dead and the alive in Christ to arise, to be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air, to ever be with Him. We are told to comfort one another with these words. All of this sounds very simple and clear. Jesus will return for His own, to take them to be with Him. Jesus said ‘.. if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also’ Jn14:3. Jesus prayed ‘Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, BE WITH ME WHERE I AM..’ Jn17:24. Where is Jesus today? With the Father in heaven Ac1:11, Mk16:19!
Instead of comforting one another with these words, many pastors and leaders are not warning their congregation about the soon coming of the Lord and of the Rapture; not warning them to be ready. They give no comfort as they were told to do so. There is presently also a great denial that we are living in the last days and in the endtimes. Thus, many believers are duped and unprepared for the return of Jesus. We need to be ‘Rapture Ready’ or we will be ‘Left Behind’ when Jesus returns for his own as He had promised 2000 years ago.
The Rapture, Our Only Escape
God said ‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee’ Hos4:6. Unless we have knowledge of the endtimes and are preparing for Jesus’ coming, we will be Left Behind in a very perverted Antichrist and anti-God system that is now subtly engulfing the world. Unless pastors and leaders prepare people for Jesus’ coming, many believers will be Left Behind including themselves. God is seeking a pure and holy people Tit2:13,14 to take them with Him to heaven in the Rapture.
Jesus said ‘..I will come again, and receive you unto myself’ Jn14:3. We must be ‘Rapture Ready’ in order to escape the wrath of God coming upon the earth 1Th1:10. Like the people in Noah’s days that perished in the flood, and the 5 foolish virgins who were not ready in Mt25:11, many believers will be left behind and perish because they were not prepared to escape, ‘the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience’ Co3:6.
The Rapture in itself is an Escape from the Great Tribulation coming upon the earth. Referring to the Rapture, Paul wrote ‘.. how shall we Escape, if we neglect so great salvation..’ Heb2:3. Paul also wrote ‘.. work out your own salvation with fear and trembling’ Php2:12b. Jesus said ‘when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh’ Lk21:28! Jesus said ‘Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to Escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man’ Lk21:36. The Rapture is our only Escape from the terrible Great Tribulation coming upon the earth.
Signs of Jesus’ Coming
There are many signs written in the Bible heralding the soon coming of Jesus Christ to earth. They are found throughout the Bible, especially in Mt24, Mk13, and Lk21. Here are some important signs: 1. The rebirth of the nation Israel Is66:8, 2. The worldwide preaching of the gospel of the kingdom to all nations Mt 24:14, 3. Great earthquakes in divers places; famines, and pestilences; fearful sights and great signs from heaven Lk21:11, 4. Increasing immorality, corruption, and violence 2Pe2:6, 5. Many false prophets deceiving many believers Mt24:11; 6. Great apostasy in the churches 2Ti3:5, and a falling away of believers 2Th2:2-12, 7. Wars and rumors of war Mk13:7, 8. Distress of nations with perplexity Lk21:25, 9. The rise of the Antichrist in a New World Order– a one world gov’t, religion, society, economic and monetary system Re13:1-18, 10. Great tribulation such as the world has never known Mt24:21.
The first sign, Israel’s rebirth on May 14, 1948, has already past, and the remaining signs are either in progress or will soon be fulfilled. Other signs describe people in the last days as being very greedy, immoral, wicked, proud and arrogant; hedonists, homosexuals, and false worshippers 2Ti3:5. The book of Revelation gives many more endtime signs before Jesus returns. It speaks of the 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse– of war, famine, death and destruction Re6:1-8, of worldwide pestilence and desolation. One third of the earth will be affected, and many killed Re8 and Re9. Today there are over 10 nations with nuclear weapons, so a nuclear war seems imminent.
Jesus said ‘But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved’ Mt24:13. We must endure till the end to be to be saved from the terrible things coming upon the earth; to escape death and to take part in the Rapture of the saints. To be ‘Rapture Ready’ requires revelation on what God is doing, what is happening today, an understanding that we are near the end, and to be prepared and ready for the Lord’s coming.
Another Sign of the End- Worldwide Economic Collapse
Today we live in a global economy. What happens in Europe and America will affect the rest of the world. The whole world is built upon a mountain of debt ready to collapse. The present debt crises in the PIIGS countries, namely, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain, are a grave danger that will soon topple the rest of the world. Also Japan’s debt is huge, nearly 2.5 times its annual productivity (GDP). But America is in the worst debt crisis than all these countries combined. In 2005, our national debt was $8 trillion.
Today, like an unstoppable runaway train, it is about $19 trillion (2016) equivalent to over $60,000 for every man, woman and child. Our leaders are powerless and not interested in reducing or to pay off the debt. The only recourse is for the US Federal Reserve Bank to print more money. Because the US$ has been the world’s reserve currency since WWII, the demise of the US$ due to excessive debts will eventually destroy the present world’s economic system. An economic collapse due to bank failures, terrorism, war, famine or any national calamity or disaster will bring America to ‘her knees’ in an economic depression worse than that of the 1930s.
When America collapses, all nations will suffer along with her. Jesus spoke of a time when ‘Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth..’ Lk21:26. Many heart attacks will occur when the markets of the world crash. So how do we prepare for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ? What must we know and what must we do to be ready?
End of Part I… Please see Part II- https://drgoldsite.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/be-rapture-ready-or-be-left-behind-part-ii-conclusion/
Posted on July 22, 2012, in Be Rapture Ready or Be Left Behind and tagged Be Pure and Holy, Be Ready, Endtime Signs, Last days, Rapture, the Bible & Endtimes, Watch & Pray, Worldwide Economic Collapse. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.