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PREPARING FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD

Preparing For the Coming of the Jesus Christ in the Rapture

Unless people have knowledge of the Endtimes, and are prepared for Jesus’ Coming, they will be LEFT BEHIND in the Antichrist system that is now subtly engulfing the whole world. Unless the pastors and leaders prepare their people for His coming, many will be LEFT BEHIND, including themselves. Hos4:6 states My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee..’. God is calling a holy and pure people Tit2:13,14, Ep1:4 to take them alive with Him to heaven in the Rapture 1Th4:17. We need to be Rapture Ready in order to ESCAPE God’s wrath coming upon the earth in the Great Tribulation 1Th1:10. Like the people in Noah’s days who perished or the 5 foolish virgins Mt25:11, many will not be READY, but will be LEFT BEHIND to suffer, die, or be martyred. They will not be ready for the Lord’s coming and ESCAPE, for the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience Co3:6.

One can only prepare for the Day of the Rapture, but never for the Great Tribulation! Jesus repeatedly warned us to WATCH, PRAY, BE READY, BE PURE, BE HOLY, TO LOOK FOR HIS RETURN in order to ESCAPE the things which shall come to past in the Endtimes Lk21:36! If one does not believe in, or is not ready for the Rapture and is LEFT BEHIND, it would be impossible for him to prepare for the atrocities that will occur during the Great Tribulation- a most terrible, terrifying, miserable, hopeless, painful, and grievous 42 months period of living hell on earth Re13:5,7!

Jesus said ‘..except those days be shortened, there should no flesh be saved..’ Mt24:22. This means if the Great Tribulation were to continue much longer, everyone would either die or be killed! There will be wars throughout the world, great nuclear explosions, great natural disasters, famine, droughts, pestilence, and plagues wiping out millions upon millions of people! Everyone would be helpless while living through it. If one does not have the faith to believe the words of Jesus, ‘..I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there you may be also’ Jn14:3, then there is no other ESCAPE for him, but to be LEFT BEHIND to suffer in the Great Tribulation.

Signs of  the Endtimes 

What does the Bible say about the Endtimes? Referring tothe end of the world’, Jesus said ‘..he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved’ Mt24:13. What must we endure to be saved, and to be saved from what? Jesus also said ‘..when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth Lk18:8. The Bible foretold of many signs of the Endtimes before Jesus’ return to earth. They are found throughout the Bible, especially in Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, and in the book of Revelation. Some signs are;

  • Israel’s rebirth as a nation in 1948 will culminate in the final great war of Armageddon Is66:8, Re16:16, Zec14:2,
  • The worldwide preaching of the Gospel of the kingdom to all nations Mt24:14, Mk16:15,
  • Great earthquakes in divers places; famines, and pestilences; fearful sights and great signs from heaven Lk21:11,
  • Increasing immorality, corruption, and violence 2Ti3:1-4, 2Pe2:6,
  • Many false prophets and false Christs deceiving many believers Mt24:4,5,11,24,
  • Great apostasy in the churches 2Ti3:5, and a Great falling away of believers 2Th2:2-12,
  • Wars and rumours of war Mt24:6, Mk13:7,
  • Distress of nations with perplexity Lk21:25, and Worldwide economic collapse Re18:9-11
  • Rise of the Antichrist in a New World Order- a One World Gov’t, Religious, Social, Economic, Monetary System Re13:1-18.
  • Great Tribulation such as the world has never known before Mt24:21.

The total fulfillment of all these signs represent ‘the end of the world described by Jesus to his disciples Mt24:3. 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. He said we must endure till the end to be to be saved from the terrible things that are coming upon the earth Mt24:13,21. To be Rapture Ready to ESCAPE, requires believing that we are nearing the End, knowing what God is doing and what is happening today, and preparing for the Lord’s coming. 

A Worldwide Monetary Collapse; the Death of the US$

Today we live in a global economy such as what happens in America and other major countries may affect the rest of the world. The whole world is built upon a mountain of debt ready to collapse. For example, the present debt crisis in the Eurozone countries is a very dangerous problem that can topple the world. Over the past 5 years, China has increased her national debt tremendously. Japan’s debt is over 2.5 times her annual GDP. However, America is in the worst debt situation per capita than all these countries. In 2004, our national debt was $7 trillion. Today, it is nearly $20 trillion, equivalent to over $60,000 for every man, woman and child. Our leaders are reluctant and powerless to address and reduce the national debt, and we are heading for another major debt crisis in early Feb 2014. America’s only recourse is for the US Federal Reserve Bank to continue quantitative easing, to print more money out of thin air, till the US$ becomes worthless and collapses.

When the US$ collapses, all nations will suffer along with America, because the US$ is the world’s reserve currency, used and held by every country. The demise of the US$ due to excessive US indebtedness will destroy the present world’s economic system. An economic collapse due to bank failures, terrorism, war, famine, national calamities and disasters will bring America and the rest of the world to ‘their knees’ worse than the Great Depression of the 1930s. 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 financial market crashes. So how should we prepare for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ? How can we be prepared, and what must we do to be saved? 

How To Prepare for Jesus’ Coming At the Rapture

  • Watching and Praying to Be Accounted Worthy to Escape the Coming World Crises Lk21:36.
  • Be Filled With the Holy Spirit Ep3:18b; Be Led by the Spirit of God Ro8:14; Be Sealed With the Holy Spirit of God Ep4:30.
  • Study and Live by Every Word 2Ti2:15, 2Ti3:16, Mt4:4; Abide in Jesus Jn15:5,7.
  • Be Pure and Holy Mt5:8, Heb12:14, Tit2:13,14, 1Jn3:3; Love God and Not the World 1Jn2:15; Must Forgive Others Mk11:26.
  • Seek God’s Kingdom First and His Righteousness Mt6:33 
  • Preach the Gospel Mk16:15; Please God by Doing His Will Mt6:9,10, Mt7:21, Mt12:50. 
  • The 3 R’s in the book of Ezekiel- REPENT, RETURN, and REMAIN With the Lord – Ez3:17-21

Watching and Praying For the Rapture

Jesus said to watch for the signs of His return, and to pray to escape the bad things that He prophesied would come to pass. He said ‘..nation shall rise against nation.. there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places’ Mt24:6; ‘.. there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring.. when these things BEGIN TO COME TO PASS, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your REDEMPTION draweth nigh’ Lk21:25,28.

Today, there are many reports of strange signs in the heavens- comets, fireballs, and meteorites, UFOs, and on earth- sinkholes, water turning red, massive bird and sea-life kills, new volcanoes erupting, strong earthquakes, and superstorms and typhoons. Jesus instructed us to PRAY  Our Father..thy kingdom come..lead us not into temptation, but Deliver Us From Evil Mt6:11, 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 coming Great Tribulation!

Be Filled, Led, and SEALED WITH THAT HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE 

We need the Holy Spirit working in our lives to prepare us for the Rapture. Jesus said ‘.. but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence’ Ac1:5. The Holy Spirit is given to teach us all things Jn14:26, guide us into all truth, to show us things to come Jn16:13,14, Ro8:14. Paul wroteBut if the Spirit of (God) that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, (God) that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you Ro8:11. Paul said ‘Ye were SEALED with that Holy Spirit of PROMISE Ep1:13, andgrieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are SEALED unto the Day of REDEMPTION Ep4:30. The Holy Spirit shall quicken our mortal bodies to meet Jesus in the AIR 1Th4:17, and the PROMISE is the Rapture- the Day of Our REDEMPTION!

Study and Live By Every Word of God 

Paul saidStudy to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth’ 2Ti2:15. He saidAll scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works’ 2Ti3:16,17. Jesus saidMan shall not live on bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God’ Mt4:4. Here we also see the importance of the Word of God for correct doctrine on how to live, and what to do. We need to STUDY the Bible and know the Word to be prepared for Jesus’ coming in the Rapture.

Be Pure and Holy; Love God and Others; Must Forgive Others

1Jn3:1-3 stateBehold, what manner of Love The Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.. when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall SEE him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him PURIFIETH himself, even as he is PURE’. Jesus saidBlessed are the PURE in heart for they shall SEE God Mt5:8. Paul wrote ‘Follow peace with all men, and HOLINESS, without which no man shall SEE the Lord’ Heb12:14. Paul saidLOOKING for that blessed hope, and the glorious APPEARING of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might REDEEM us from all iniquity, and PURIFY UNTO HIMSELF a peculiar people, zealous of good works’ Tit2:13,14.

The first and great commandment is to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, and mind, and the 2nd one is to love thy neighbor as yourself  Mt22:37,39. ButLove not the world.. If any man love the world, the love of The Father is not in him’ 1Jn2:15.  Also we need to forgive others when they trespass against us. Mk11:26 states ‘..if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses’. All these scriptures state that we need to be PURE and HOLY, Love the Lord and others, and Forgive others in order to SEE and be with Jesus in the Rapture.

Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness 

Jesus instructed us to ‘..seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you’ Mt6:33. We need to find our roles in life to fulfill God’s kingdom on earth, by doing His will. What does God want us to do? What is the Holy Spirit telling us to do and how is He leading us? Are we abiding in Jesus and His Word abiding in us? Are we taking up our cross, denying ourselves and following Him Mt16:24? Do we have love one for another? Jesus said ‘By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to anotherJn13:35. God promised His protection and blessings if we put His kingdom and His righteousness first. Are we bearing much fruitJesus said ‘Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples’ Jn15:7,8. Paul wroteFor the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but RIGHTEOUSNESS, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost’ Ro14:17.

Preach the Gospel and Please God by Doing His Will 

In the Great Commission, Jesus told us to preach the Gospel to everyone Mt28:19,20, Mk16:15, Lk24:49, and Ac1:8. Jesus said ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature Mk16:15. He told us also to do the Will of our Father in heaven: ‘For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own Will, but the Will of him that sent me’ Jn6:38, and ‘..as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you’ Jn20:21. When we obey God, this pleases and gives us great favor with Him. Jesus saidIf ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you’ Jn15:7 and ‘..Whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you’ Jn15:16. Jesus said no oneshall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven’ Mt7:21.

The 3 R’s in the book of EzekielREPENT, RETURN, and REMAIN With the Lord

In Ezekiel chapter 3, God’s warnings were directed to 3 groups of people- the Wicked, the Backslider, and the RIGHTEOUS, much like the 3 groups mentioned by Jesus in in his message to church of the Laodiceans, the Cold, the Lukewarm, and the Hot Christians Re3:16. God told Ezekiel if the Watchman did not warn the Wicked or the Backslider, they will die in their sins, but his blood would I require at thine hand Ez3:18,20.

In the 1st and 2nd groups, the Wicked and the Backslider, they both needed to REPENT or they would die in their sins. One big difference regarding the Backslider is that God will NOT remember any of his once righteousness, unless he REPENTS. In the 3rd group, the RIGHTEOUS shall surely live, ONLY if he remained RIGHTEOUS. The implication here is that ONLY the RIGHTEOUS who REPENTS, RETURNS, and REMAINS true to the Lord will be taken by Jesus in the Rapture. Jesus said ‘Except ye REPENT, ye shall all likewise perishLk13:3. No one will be taken in the Rapture unless he REPENTS and REMAIN RIGHTEOUS with the Lord!

Preparing For Jesus’ Coming

Much of what is written in the New Testament relates to how we should live and how to prepare for Jesus’ coming. God chose you and I to be living in this most exciting time in history when Jesus is returning soon to receive a people unto Himself, to take us in the Rapture Jn14:3. Jesus is not returning for an Apostate Church or for lukewarm and backslidden people, but ONLY for a Faithful REMNANT who have prepared themselves for His coming, like Noah and his family, and the 5 wise virgins who had sufficient oil in their lamps Mt25:4. Likewise, the PASTORS, as GOD’S WATCHMEN, must also WARN the people under them. If not, the people will indeed perish, but THEY will be held accountable to God for not warning the people to REPENT, RETURN, and REMAIN RIGHTEOUS- for the Wicked to REPENT of his sins v18, for the Backslider to RETURN to RIGHTEOUSNESS v20, and for the RIGHTEOUS to REMAIN RIGHTEOUS v21. Their blood God would require in the PASTORS’ HANDS- the shepherd of God’s flock!

Finally, though the hour for mankind is very late, there is still time to REPENT, RETURN, and REMAIN true to God, to prepare to be Rapture Ready- ‘..For the coming of the Lord draweth nigh’ Jas5:8, and ‘..ye know neither the Day nor the Hour’ Mt25:13! Just WATCH and PRAY that you may be accounted WORTHY TO ESCAPE  all the terrible and evil things that SHALL COME TO PASS, and to stand before Jesus in the Rapture Lk21:36!

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THE DAY OF THE LORD

THE DAY OF THE LORD- THE END OF MAN’S RULE ON EARTH

The Bible speaks of the end of man’s rule on earth, and the coming day of the kingdom of God under the rule of the Lord Jesus Christ. One can easily see that the world we live in is literally falling apart. An excellent point is the once great America is now under great financial and economic distress, bankrupt ready to collapse. The other economic superpowers China and Japan are also facing similar problems themselves, and the Eurozone countries are not doing much better. For 6000 years since Adam, because of gross corruption and wickedness, man has proven incapable of ruling over himself and his fellowmen! Thus, the end of man’s gov’t will herald in the beginning of the God’s kingdom on earth.

To understand what will happen, we need to know what the Bible says about the coming Day of the Lord! However, whenever the Bible mentions ‘The Day’ or ‘That Day, it is often describing one of two main events in God’s calendar, so we need to distinguish which one is which. It could be referring to the Day of the Rapture of the Saints– the Secret Coming of Jesus Christ or the Day of God’s Wrath– the Public Coming of Jesus Christ. Proper understanding of What’s In a Day? in God’s timetable will guide us on how to live, and how to be prepared for that Day! If not, many will be LEFT BEHIND to face the coming dire Great Tribulation, and even death!

THE DAY OF THE LORD!  WHAT’S IN A DAY?

The term ‘Day of the LORD’ is found 29 times in the Bible. It often refers to the Great Tribulation in the Endtimes prior to the return of Jesus Christ. It is described as the Day of God’s Destruction and Wrath Job21:30. It is the Day of the LORD’s Fierce Anger Is13:13, and Vengeance Is34:8. It is a Day of Darkness Am5:20;the Great and Terrible Day of the LORDJoe2:31.That Day is a Day of Wrath, a Day of Trouble and Distress, a Day of Wasteness and Desolation, a Day of Darkness and Gloominess, a Day of Clouds and Thick DarknessZeph1:15.  However, the Day of the LORD is also used to describe the Day of the Rapture 1Th4:16,17, the Day of Escape and Salvation Heb2:3, the Day of Redemption Ep4:30, the Day of our Reward Lk6:23, Re22:12, and the Day of Our Lord Jesus Christ 1Co1:18, ‘the Perfect Day’ Pr4:18.

THE RAPTURE DESCRIBES A FORTHCOMING BIBLICAL EVENT

The word Rapture is Not Found in the Bible, but is used to describe a forthcoming significant event. Like the Rapture, there are many other terms that are not found in the Bible such as Trinity, Sunday School, spiritual warfare, denominations, seminary, and even the word Bible, but are accepted and understood. The word Rapture is commonly used to describe an ESCAPE from the coming Great Tribulation Lk21:36, Heb2:3, Mt24:21. Rapture comes from the Latin wordRapiemur’, which means ‘to be snatched up’, ‘to be raised up’, ‘to be taken up’, ‘to be seized, ‘to be CAUGHT UP in the AIR’, ‘to be translated into HEAVEN such as Enoch, Elijah, and Jesus were in time past! Paul said ‘By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was NOT FOUND, because God had translated him..’ Heb11:5. God took Enoch Ge5:24, Elijah 2Ki2:1,and Jesus Ac1:10, alive into HEAVEN as examples of the forthcoming Rapture that will happen in the endtimes!

Before Jesus was crucified, He told His disciples ‘Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions.. I go to prepare a place for you.. I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be alsoJn14:1-3. Jesus promised to take us to where He is, to HEAVEN, in the Rapture. Paul saidFor 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 words1Th4:16-18. Sadly, there are many who don’t comfort others with these words, don’t warn of the Lord’s soon coming, and don’t believe in, but speak against the Rapture, and often contradict the Word of God!

Jesus repeatedly warned us to ‘Watch and Pray’ so that we wouldn’t miss out on the day of His coming for us Jn14:3, the Day of Visitation 1Pe2:12. Jesus saidWatch 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 manLk21:36. Watch what? Pray for what? Be worthy to ESCAPE what? What things shall come to pass? Stand before whom? Here Jesus was exhorting us to be ready for His return by being found worthy to ESCAPE the great distress of nations, with perplexity and great fear coming upon the earth Lk21:25-26. We shall then stand before Jesus, ‘which delivered us from the wrath to come’ 1Th1:10.

Jesus said ‘Watch therefore, for ye know neither the Day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh’ Mt25:13. The Day Jesus told us to ‘Watch and Pray’ for is the Day of His Appearing 2Ti4:8, 1Pe5:4, the Day of the Rapture of the Saints 1Th4:16,17, the Day of Our Reward Re22:12. It is the approaching Day of His coming for us Heb10:25. Hosea said ‘After two days will he revive us: in the 3rd Day he will raise us up, and WE shall live in his sight’ Hos6:2; the 3rd Day being 2000 years after Christ, when He will Raise us up. Pr4:18 states ‘..the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the Perfect Day’. The Day of the Rapture is the Perfect Day when WE will be glorified in Jesus 2Th1:10. John said ‘..WE know that, when he shall appear, WE shall be like Him; for WE shall see Him as he is1Jn3:2.

JESUS SECRET COMING vs JESUS PUBLIC RETURN- TWO DISTINCT COMINGS

In the New Testament, the Day of the Lord is used 5 times to refer to the return of Jesus Christ to earth. The fact that Jesus will bring either Reward Mt16:27, Re22:12, or Judgment, logically speaks of two different Comings. The Secret Coming of Jesus is when only those looking for Him and are ready, will See Him, and ‘be CAUGHT UP.. to meet the Lord in the AIR’ 1Th4:16,17. Jesus said ‘Blessed are the Pure in Heart, for they shall See GodMt5:8. John wrote ‘..when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall See Him as He is.. every man that hath this hope in Him, purifieth himself, even as He is Pure1Jn3:2,3. Only the Pure in heart shall See God. Without Holiness, no man shall See the Lord Heb12:14.

The Day of Jesus Secret Coming will be the Day of ESCAPE from the Great Tribulation Lk21:36, Heb2:3. Jesus said ‘..behold, I come quickly; and my Reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall beRe22:12. David asked ‘Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a Pure Heart..’ Ps24:3,4.

The Day of Jesus Public Return will be at the end of the Great Tribulation, when Every Eye shall See Him.. and all kindred.. shall wailRe1:7. For those not looking or unprepared for Jesus return and missing ‘..the Blessed Hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and Saviour Jesus Christ’ Tit2:13, they will not be taken in the Rapture, but go through the Great Tribulation the worst period ever in mankind’s history ‘such as never was or ever will beMt24:21. It will be a terrible, horrific, painful, miserable, and most fearful time in history. Jesus said ‘..except the days should before shortened, there should no flesh shall be saved..Mt24:22.

THE DAY OF JESUS SECRET COMING– ONLY FOR THOSE LOOKING AND READY

The Day of Jesus Secret Coming will be a surprise to most people for He will come as a thief in the night 1Th5:2, secretly and swiftly. Jesus said two would be in the field and one taken; two women grinding at the mill and one taken Mt24:40,41; two in bed and one taken Lk17:34. Jesus told us ‘But of that Day and hour knoweth no man, not even the angels, but my Father onlyMt24:36.That Day is the Secret Coming of Jesus; it will be a surprise for no man knows when. What is our Hope? It is to be ‘in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His Coming’ 1Th2:19. This is called ‘the Blessed Hope’ Tit2:13.

Paul saidFor God has not appointed us to wrath but to obtain Salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ1Th5:9. But we must be blameless on the Day of our Lord Jesus Christ 1Co1:8. Paul wrote God ‘..which hath begun a good work in you shall perform it until the Day of Jesus Christ Php1:6. Jesus promised to raise us up at the Last Day. Jesus said ‘..every one which Seeth the Son, and believeth on him.. I will Raise him up at the Last Day Jn6:40. For those ready, the Last Day will be the Day of the Rapturethe Day of Jesus Secret Coming! Ep4:30 states ‘..grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby, we are sealed unto the Day of Redemption. The Day of the Rapture is the Day of Jesus Secret Coming. It is the Day of Redemption!

THE DAY OF JESUS PUBLIC RETURN– EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM AND WAIL

The Bible tells of the Day of Jesus Public Returnwhen EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIMRe1:7. Jesus will then returnafter the tribulation of those days.. with power and great glory’ Mt24:29,30. Jesus shall ‘..gather His Elect together from the four winds, from one end of HEAVEN to the otherv31. Notice here that His Elect shall be gathered together from HEAVEN. They were already raptured to HEAVEN, and will be returning with Jesus to Earth. Jude 14 states ‘..Behold, the Lord cometh WITH ten thousands of his saints’.

That Day of the Lord will be the Day of the Wrath of the Lamb Re6:16,17; the Day of His Fierce Anger Is13:13. Peter said it is the Day of Judgment 2Pe3:7; the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, when the heavens and the earth will pass away with a great noise and in fervent heat 2Pe3:10. On the Day of Jesus Public Return, no one needs to watch for EVERY EYE shall see Him, and they shall mourn and wail because of Him. Jesus will come to judge all on the earth Jn5:22, Ps96:13. The Day of the Lord will be a Day of Destruction and Desolation, great and terrible; a dreadful Day Mal4:5; the Day of Vengeance of our God Is61:2,63:4. It is the Day of the LORD’s Wrath and Anger Zep1:18, 2:3. Nothing will be secret about this coming Day, for EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM and WAIL Re1:7!

THE DAY OF THE RAPTUREBREAKING OUR APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH

While the Bible states ‘.. it is appointed unto men once to die..’ Heb9:27, the Day of the Rapture will be a very special day when faithful believers will break their Appointment With Death! Ps79:11 states God has the power to ‘.. preserve thou those that are appointed to die and Ps102:20, to loose those that are appointed to death’. Jesus saidI am the Resurrection, and the Life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever Liveth and Believeth in Me Shall Never Die. Believest thou this?Jn11:25,26. A parallel scripture, 1Th4:16-18 state ‘For the Lord himself shall descend from HEAVEN with a shout.. 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. Clearly we see that Jesus will come down from HEAVEN to take those living, along with the dead ‘in Christ’, up to HEAVEN. 

In Jn11:26, Jesus asked do we really believe this, and in 1Th4:18, Paul said we need to encourage one another with the words that Jesus is coming for us in the Rapture. Paul said that ‘..God hath not Appointed us to wrath, but to obtain Salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ’ 1Th5:9Paul states that we have an Appointment with Jesus, not to die, but be taken alive to HEAVEN. The apostle John said if we have this hope in Jesus to be like Him, we must purify ourselves, even as He is pure 1Jn3:3. Thus, we have a Divine Appointment with Jesus on the Day of the Raptureto meet Him in the AIR; never to die, but to be with Him forever! Faith is all about believing what God said He will do! NO FAITH, NO RAPTURE!

THE DAY OF OUR CHANGE, THE DAY OF REDEMPTION

Both King David and righteous Job referred to a Day of being CHANGED, that is to have a Glorified Body like Jesus. David looked forward to being crowned with glory and honour Ps8:3.He saidAs for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy LIKENESSPs17:15. Likewise, Job also alluded to becoming like Jesus. He said ‘If a man die, shall he live again? all the Days of my Appointed time will I wait, till my CHANGE comeJob14:14. The apostle Paul said wehave the firstfruits of the Spirit.. waiting for the adoption, to wit, the Redemption of Our Body Ro8:26. Jesus said ‘And when these things Begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your Redemption draweth nighLk21:28. The Day of the Rapture is the Day of the Redemption of Our Body!

The Day of Redemption relates to the Day of Our Bodily Change, when our bodies will be redeemed fully from corruption into immortality. Paul wroteBehold, I shew you a Mystery; We shall not all sleep (die), but we shall all be CHANGED, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump.. the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be CHANGED. For this Corruptible must put on Incorruption, and this Mortal must put on Immortality.. then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?’ 1Co15:51-55.  Paul said ‘..by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men..’Ro8:12; but alsoThe last enemy that shall be destroyed is death1Co15:26. On the Day of the Rapture, we will receive an Incorruptible, Immortal, and Glorified body just like Jesus Christ. We will BE CHANGED ‘to be conformed into His Image’ Ro8:29!

THE DAY OF THE LORD- THE DAY OF THE RAPTURE vs THE DAY OF GOD’S WRATH

In summary, when speaking of the Day of the Lord, the Bible speaks of two significant, but contrasting events in the Endtimes. The first event is the Day of the Rapture, and the other event is the Day of God’s Wrath. The Day of the Rapture is the Day of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is the Day of our Divine Appointment with God- our Escape, our Adoption, our Redemption, our Resurrection, our Reward, our CHANGE, our Immortality, and our Glorification. The Day of Judgment is the Day of God’s Wrath, God’s Vengeance, the Day of His Fierce Anger, the Day of Destruction, the Day of Darkness, the Great and Terrible Day of the LORD.

One can only prepare for the Day of the Rapture, but never for the Day of God’s Wrath and the Great Tribulation! Jesus repeatedly warned us to Watch, Pray, Be Ready, Be Pure, Be Holy, to Look for His return, in order to Escape the things which shall come to past in the Endtimes! If one does not believe in, or is not ready for the Rapture but is LEFT BEHIND, he will never be able to prepare for the atrocity that will occur during the Great Tribulation, a most terrible, horrendous, miserable, hopeless, painful, and grievous 42 months period of hell on earth Re13:5,7! Jesus said ‘..except those days be shortened, there should NO FLESH be saved..’ Mt24:22. This means if it were to continue, literally everyone would either die or be killed! There will be wars throughout the world, thermonuclear explosions, great natural disasters, famine, droughts, pestilence, and disease wiping out millions upon millions of people! Everyone would be helpless while living through it. Also if one does not have the FAITH to believe the words of the Lord, ‘I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that were I am, there you may be alsoJn14:3, then for sure, there is no other ESCAPE, but to be LEFT BEHIND to suffer in the Great Tribulation! 

Finally, on the Day of the Rapture- the Day of Jesus Secret Coming, Jesus is coming FOR HIS SAINTS in the AIR. On the Day of Jesus Public Return- His 2nd Coming, Jesus is coming WITH HIS SAINTS back to earth to rule and reign. Re19:14 states ‘..the armies which were in HEAVEN followed Jesus upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean’. Jude 14 tells ‘Behold, the Lord cometh WITH 10,000 of his Saints’. This is ‘What’s in a Day’. In the Holy Bible, THE DAY OF THE LORD describes Jesus coming back twice- the 1st time FOR HIS SAINTS, and the 2nd time WITH HIS SAINTS! AMEN! 

Be Rapture Ready or Be Left Behind Part II Conclusion

Be Rapture Ready or Be Left Behind

A few years ago, Angelica Zambrano, a young Ecuadorean girl in her early twenties, posted her riveting account of seeing heaven and hell, and of the Rapture. It has been visited by millions of people worldwide (See BLOGROLL on right side bar below). It can also be found at                  http://spiritlessons.com/documents/Prepare_to_meet_your_God/index.htm .                  Angela said ‘Jesus is only coming back for a holy people, and many of God’s children will not be ready on that day, and will be left behind in a world that will fall apart‘.

How can we be Rapture Ready and not be Left Behind?  The Bible, through Jesus Christ, is our roadmap to the Father.  Jesus said  ‘I am the way the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.’ Jn14:6..  ‘I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee’ Heb13:5. Jesus said ‘.. the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life’ Jn6:63.  By following Jesus words, we will find eternal life.

How to Be ‘Rapture Ready’ and to Prepare for the Lord’s coming.  Here are some guidelines:

Love God and His Word, Abide In JesusBe Filled, Be Led, and Be Sealed by the Holy Spirit.  

We must love the Lord thy God Mt22:37,Lk10:27; love one another Jn13:34,35.  Abide in Jesus and His Word in us Jn15:7.  We must be ‘filled with the Spirit’ Ep5:18.  We must be led by the Holy Spirit: ‘For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God’ Ro8:14.  We must be sealed by the Holy Spirit: ‘.. grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption’ Ep4:30.  We must depend on the Spirit of Truth to teach and guide us Jn14:26,16:13.  We must have fresh revelation from the Holy Spirit Jn16:13; to know what God is doing in these last days; ‘meat in due season’ Mt24:45.  Paul wrote ‘But if the Spirit of (God) that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, (God) that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you’ Ro8:11.  It is the Holy Spirit who will raise us to meet Jesus in the air 1Th4:17.

Watch and Pray

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. ‘Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come’ Mt24:42.  ‘Pray without ceasing’ 1Th5:17. Prayin the Spirit’ Ep6:18. Pray in the Holy Ghost Jude20.  ‘The Spirit maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered’ Ro8:26.  ‘And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance’ Ac2:4.  Jesus said ‘..they shall speak with new tongues’ Mk16:17. Paul said ‘I speak with tongues more than ye all’1Co14:18.  Ask God for wisdom on how to be ready for His coming Jas1:5.  Look for Jesus coming Ti2:13.

Know the Word of God- Have Faith in God

Faith is needed to please God He11:6.  We must have faith in God Mk11:22. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God Ro10:17.  Believe God and doubt not Mk11:23.  We must know the Word to increase our faith Lk17:5.  We must study the Word to be approved unto God.  We must be able to rightly divide the Word of truth 2Ti2:15.  We must live by ‘every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God’ Mt4:4.  We must be sanctified by thy Word Jn17:17;  be ‘sanctified and cleansed by the washing of the water by the Word’ Ep5:26.  We must hide His Word in our hearts so as not to sin against God Ps119:11.

Know the many promises of God for protection, provisions and blessings Php4:19,Ps84:11.  Know Psalm 91– the Psalm of protection from the devil- terror by night, arrow by day, pestilence, destruction and plagues; for long life and for salvation.  Know Jesus, the Blessed Hope 1Tit2:13, and the power of his resurrection Php 3:10.  Know who the Blessed are in the Beatitudes– the poor in spirit; they that mourn; the meek; they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness; the merciful; the pure in heart; the peacemakers; the persecuted and those persecuted for Jesus’ sake Mt5:3-16.

Repent- Be Pure and Holy

Repent and believe the gospel Mk1:15.  ‘Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord’ Ac3:19.  Ask God to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness 1Jn1:9.  Forgive one another Mt6:12.  Confess our faults Jas5:16.  Do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with thy God Mi6:8.  We must be ‘.. in Christ, a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new’ 2Co5:17.  We must deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus; lose our lives for His sake  Mt16:24,25.

‘Purify ourselves’ 1Jn3:3.  Only the pure in heart shall see God Mt5:8, and be like Jesus 1Jn3:2.  Ti2:13,14 tell us ‘Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works’.  ‘Be ye holy; for I am holy’ 1Pe1:16.  Paul wrote ‘Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord’ Heb12:14.  God has called us unto holiness 1Th4:7.  We must have clean hands and a pure heart Ps24:4; to walk up-rightly and work righteousness, and speak the truth Ps15:2.

Rejoice in the Lord Always and Praise the Lord

The joy of the Lord is our strength Ne8:10.  Rejoice in the Lord always Php4:4. In God’s presence there is fulness of joy Ps16:11.  Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.. Serve the Lord with gladness Ps100:1,2.  Give thanks unto the Lord Ps92:1.  Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good Ps135:3,Ps150.  In everything give thanks 1Th5:18.  Offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually.. the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His Name Heb13:15.  There is power and personal deliverance when we praise the Lord!

Know Your Spiritual Authority Over the Devil

The enemy of our souls is Satan Re12:9, but we can have spiritual authority over him.  Paul wrote we ‘.. wrestle against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places’ Ep6:12.  ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour’ 1Pe5:8.  Know the ‘weapons of our warfare’ 2Co10:4; the blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony Re12:11; the name of the Jesus Christ Mk16:17, Co3:17; the Word of God 1Jn2:14; even our faith 1Jn5:4; ‘

‘Finally ..be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might’ Ep6:10.  ‘Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil’ Ep6:11;  Praying.. in the Spirit Ep6:18. Know our power over the enemy. Binding and loosening Mt16:19,18:18.  Use the name of Jesus to cast out devils Mk16:17. Stand on the Word of God for ‘..greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world’ 1Jn4:4.  God has given us the Spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind 2Ti1:7. Jesus has given us power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy Lk10:19.

The Rapture Will Be An Elective One- Only You Alone Can Decide to be Taken Up

Who determines whether you will be taken in the Rapture or not?  Like in accepting Jesus Christ to be saved, you alone must decide to be taken by making yourself ready as Jesus told us to do so!  If you love the Lord’s appearing 2Ti4:8, are looking for that Blessed Hope Ti2:13, and for your redemption Lk21:28; if you are watching and praying to be accounted worthy to escape the coming evil Lk21:36; want to please God Heb11:5, have clean hands and a pure heart Ps24:4, are led by the Holy Spirit Ro8:14, seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness Mt6:33, are pure and holy Mt5:8,1Pe1:16, then Jesus will return to take you to heaven with Him Jn14:3.

If you want to participate in the Rapture, then you must prepare for it yourself!  You must learn what the Bible says about the Rapture and how to be ready.  If you do not want to be left behind, then you must make yourself ready.  Thus the Rapture will be  a very selective one!  Only you alone can and will decide to be taken up in the Rapture or not!