In The Coming Great Worldwide Tribulation Part I, it was discussed ‘What is Tribulation‘, How long is ‘the Tribulation‘, and what is the ‘Great Tribulation‘? It was also mentioned that ‘the Tribulation‘ will be worldwide and is synonymous with the term ‘Great Tribulation‘. It will not be 7 years long as many believe (See Part I), but only 3½ years as revealed in the Holy Bible, particularly in the book of Revelation.
Revelation chapters 6 through 16 reveal that there will be 21 specific judgments to affect the whole world which will be the wrath of God ‘poured’ upon the earth on a sinful and rebellious people. The judgments will include the world’s greatest war, drought, famine, persecution, storm, disaster, pestilence, epidemic, scorching, plague, and earthquake to come; all never ever experienced before in intensity and in magnitude. It will be the most fearful and demoralizing time to be living on the earth. Lk21:26-28 state
Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
The Redemption mentioned here is the Rapture of the Saints, that God has provided as an escape for faithful believers, for all those that are In Christ. This is now discussed here in Part II.
THE COMING RAPTURE of the SAINTS before the GREAT Worldwide TRIBULATION Part II
The concepts of the coming Rapture and Great Tribulation are intimately connected, with the Rapture occurring before the Great Tribulation takes place! The Bible bears this truth out in many places. The word Rapture is a commonly used term to describe an escape from the coming Great Tribulation. It comes from the Latin word ‘rapiemur’, which means to be ‘snatched up’, ‘caught up’, ‘raised up’, ‘to be seized’, or ‘to be translated‘ into heaven such as Enoch, Elijah, and Jesus were in the past! Paul wrote:
‘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’ 1Th4:16-18. Also, ‘In 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’ 1Co15:52.
Jesus has provided an escape when He will secretly come only for those ready for Him in the Rapture. Only faithful believers In Christ, who are watching and praying, looking for His return, obeying His Word, and readying themselves by being pure and holy, will escape the coming wrath of God in the Rapture, and not go through the Great Tribulation. Here are some Tribulation and Rapture scriptures that substantiate this point:
Ro1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men..
1Th5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Re3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
1Th1:10 ..wait for his Son from heaven.. even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
Lk21:28 ..when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Lk21:36 Watch ye.. 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.
Heb2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation..
1Co10:13 ..God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape..
Ep1:13 ..after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your Salvation.. ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise..
Ep4:30 ..grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Jn14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.. I go to prepare a place for you. And 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.
2Co6:17 ..come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
1Jn2:28 ..abide in him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
1Jn3:2 ..now are we the sons of God..we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Mt16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
Re22:12 ‘..behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give to every man according to his works shall be.
Tit2:13 ‘..Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ..’
(In the King James Version (KJV) Bible, there are key words or phrases that are repetitive, which often help in giving revelation and deeper understanding of the scripture verses. For example the words WRATH, SALVATION, REDEMPTION, ESCAPE, SEALED, RECEIVE, and REWARD are repeated in several of the scriptures above. Likewise there are phrases such as ‘COME TO PASS‘, and ‘WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR‘ that are also repeated. Often times, these repeated words and phrases are related in meaning, and when searching for them, the Bible gives a clearer picture of what the Holy Spirit wants to reveal to us. Jesus said ‘Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me‘ Jn5:39.)
Here are the explanations of the scriptures above: The Bible states that the WRATH OF GOD is against all ungodliness and unrighteousness Ro1:18. There is a coming WRATH OF GOD upon all mankind (GREAT TRIBULATION), but not upon faithful believers 1Th5:9. The GREAT TRIBULATION is also called the HOUR OF TEMPTATION which will try all that dwell on the earth; but we are to wait patiently for Jesus Re3:10, who shall delivered us from the WRATH to come 1Th1:10. Jesus then said when these things begin to COME TO PASS (before the GREAT TRIBULATION), look up, lift up your heads for your REDEMPTION (the RAPTURE) draws near Lk21:28. Jesus then said to watch and pray that we may be accounted worthy to ESCAPE all these thing that shall COME TO PASS (the GREAT TRIBULATION), and stand before Him (the RAPTURE) at His coming Lk21:36.
Lk21:36 and Heb2:3 both describe the RAPTURE as our great ESCAPE and great SALVATION. Ep1:13 and Ep4:30 both state that believers are ‘SEALED with the Holy Spirit of Promise (the RAPTURE)’, unto ‘The Day Of REDEMPTION (the RAPTURE)’. The Promise of the RAPTURE was also given by Jesus when He said ‘I go to prepare a place for you.. I will come again, and RECEIVE you unto myself (the RAPTURE); that where I am, there ye may be also’ Jn14:2,3. Paul also wrote that if we separate ourselves and be holy, God will RECEIVE us (the RAPTURE) 2Co6:17. The apostle John said to abide in Jesus; that, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, we may have Confidence, and not be ASHAMED Before Him At His Coming (the RAPTURE) 1Jn2:28. This verse also suggests that some people will be ASHAMED before Him at His Coming; they were NOT READY! Also WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR (the RAPTURE), we shall be like Jesus for we shall see Him as He is 1Jn3:2!
Finally, Jesus will REWARD us at His coming, according to our works Mt16:27, Re22:12. Thus, the RAPTURE is our ESCAPE and our REWARD– to be saved from the coming GREAT TRIBULATION! The RAPTURE is also our REDEMPTION and SALVATION, and our BLESSED HOPE. Paul told us to look for that BLESSED HOPE (the RAPTURE), and the GLORIOUS APPEARING of our Great God and Saviour, the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ Tit2:13!
In conclusion, there is a GREAT TRIBULATION coming soon upon the earth as prophesied by Jesus in Mt24:21 and in the book of Revelation! Presently, the earth is going through tremendous convulsions with nations rising against nations. There are wars and rumors of war, great earthquakes, droughts, famines, and great natural disasters. Add to this the great economic woes and the slowing down of the world’s economies especially in America and Europe, both in near collapse due to extreme indebtedness. The GREAT TRIBULATION of 3½ years may be sooner than later, and perhaps right around the corner. The recent destabilization of the Middle East and the further isolation of Israel by the United Nations in granting Palestine non-member status by a vote of 138 to 9, are also sure signs of a great war coming in the last days.
But all this is necessary, for all Bible prophecies must be fulfilled before the establishment of the millennial kingdom of Jesus Christ on earth. The AntiChrist will arise up during the GREAT TRIBULATION, and ‘destroy wonderfully’ Da8:24. He will put the entire world under his diabolic rule in a NEW WORLD ORDER- a One World Gov’t, One World Economy, and a One World Religion. Then the people of the world must either worship the AntiChrist as their god, or be beheaded. Re20:4 tells ‘..I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands..’ (A word of caution- if anyone worships the Beast or his image, or accepts his mark 666 Re13:16-18, he will be doomed and tormented in fire and brimstone forever Re14:9-11).
Surely you will never read about this in the NEW YORK TIMES, but there is a coming GREAT TRIBULATION to try every living soul on the earth! Thus, we must be watching and praying, be pure and holy, and be ready to escape in the RAPTURE! The RAPTURE is an ELECTIVE EVENT, meaning only you can decide to be TAKEN by making yourself READY. Otherwise, you will be LEFT BEHIND; ‘For many are called, but few are chosen‘ Mt22:14! Paul admonished us ‘..work out your OWN SALVATION with fear and trembling’ Php2:12. Amen!
Jesus Is Coming Again- the Rapture, and the 2nd Coming
In previous posts, I wrote of the Signs of the Coming Antichrist- the Dark Knight Rising, and Why Jesus Came. In this post, we will also be looking at Why Jesus Is Coming Again and what He will accomplish as the KING OF KINGS, AND LORD of LORDS Re19:16.
As the whole world degenerates into increasing corruption, immorality, and sin, Jesus will deliver us from God’s wrath to come 1Th1:10. Jesus will take us to heaven in the Rapture as He promised in Jn14:3, even as He was also bodily taken up Ac1:11. This scene will soon be played out along with the economic collapse of all nations when God will pour out His anger on a reprobate world as in terrible scenes found in the book of Revelation.
There will be 42 months of great tribulation upon the earth under the tyrannical rule of the Antichrist. This period prior to Jesus’ return to earth will be a most brutal, horrific, and cataclysmic time in the history of mankind. Jesus said ‘For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved..’ Mt24:21,22. The world will be in Great Tribulation with millions upon millions of people slaughtered in wars and death due to thirst, starvation, pestilence, disease, and by great earthquakes and natural disaster. It would be the time of the world domination of the Antichrist and the False Prophet for 42 months Re13:5; an absolute dictatorial system of rule and religion, subjecting people to forced worship of the Antichrist, in an economic system unsurvivable unless one takes his 666 mark Re13:17. The resources of the earth will be greatly diminished and will be rationed! This is already beginning to happen. All forms of freedom will be taken from them, and all will suffer great deprivation, fear and oppression!
Jesus will then return the 2nd time to earth to battle the Antichrist and the False Prophet Re19:11-20 and cast both of them into a lake of fire. He will then have Satan bound and cast into the bottomless pit for a thousand years Re20:1,2, and will establish His glorious kingdom on earth Re20:4. Jesus said ‘And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory’ Mt24:30. He said ‘..Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory’ Lk21:25-27. Re 1:6 tells ‘Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him’. We will now look at scriptures of the soon coming of Jesus Christ!
Jesus Will Come to Deliver Us From the Wrath to Come
- Lk21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
- Lk21:36 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.
- Heb2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation..
- 1Th1:10 ..wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
- 1Th5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Re3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Jesus Will Come For Us In the Rapture- Our Blessed Hope
- Jn6:41 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
- Jn14:2,3 ..I go to prepare a place for you. And 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.
- 1Th4:16,17 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.
- Tit2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Jesus Will Come to Judge and Bring Judgment to the World
- Ps96:13 ..for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.
- Mal3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth?
- Jn5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
- Ro14:10 ..for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
- 2Co5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; ..according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
- Jn9:39 ..For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
- 2Pe3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
- Re11:18 ..the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged..
Jesus Will Come Again to Battle the Antichrist, the False Prophet, the Kings of the Earth, and their Armies
- Is13:9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger..
- Zec12:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
- Zec14:1-3 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh.. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken ..Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations..
- Jude14 Enoch also, the 7th from Adam, prophesied.. Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.
- Re19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
- Re19:19 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet .. both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
In this 2nd and final coming, Jesus Christ will fulfill all that is written of Him in the Bible; to establish God’s kingdom on earth, in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost Ro14:17. All those who are called, and chosen, and faithful Re17:14, those who had part in the first resurrection, the Rapture 1Th4:16,17, the overcomers Re2:26,27 will then reign with Jesus for a thousand years Re20:6!
Please stay tuned! My next post will be JESUS, THE GREATEST PERSON THAT EVER LIVED! Thank you!
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 Jesus– Be 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. Pray ‘in 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!
Time is running out on mankind. The whole world appears in serious trouble of destruction and collapse. Financially, Europe is in near collapse, and America is not very far behind. Japan has the most public debt equivalent to 250% of their annual gross domestic product (GDP) of any major nation in the world. Excessive debt is strangling the economies of the world. Recent natural disasters are also taking its toll, such as the 9.0 earthquake in Northern Japan last year, and now the drought that is spreading over the entire US farmlands. Grain prices, especially corn, wheat, and soybeans, have rocketed since the beginning of July 2012, as the recent heat wave broke over 3000 temperature records in the US. Farmers in the US are comparing this with with the terrible dust bowl drought of the 1930s. If drought conditions continue, we in America will experience soaring prices for our food, energy, and even for water. Add to this is an incipient major war in the Mideast, where the major nations in the world are lining up and taking sides. Things are really looking bad for mankind, and what will happen next is very well-scripted in the Holy Bible, written thousands of years ago. For a more cogent background on the world economic collapse, please refer to http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/
The Bible- the History of Mankind
The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, covers a period of only 7000 years of mankind on earth. Some Bible scholars have traced the timeline from Adam to Christ as 4000 years, and from Christ till today, about 2000 years. Then Jesus will return and establish His 1000 year reign on earth. There is very little mentioned in the Bible of what happened before and what will happen after. Why did God create us? What is life all about? Why are we here? Why is life so short? Do we all have to die? What does God have in mind for man? What will happen after the 7000-year period? Where will we spend eternity? Nearly 6000 years have passed since Adam, and the Bible states Jesus will return to establish His 1000 years kingdom on earth.
In short, the Bible can be summarized as an account of man’s generation, degeneration and regeneration. It speaks of man’s redemption- salvation, justification, sanctification, and glorification Ro8:30. It speaks of how God came to earth 2000 years ago in the person of Jesus Christ, to die for our sins in order to redeem us. Jesus is the only person, who fulfilled his own prophecy of his death and resurrection. Jesus was crucified, died, became alive again, and ascended into heaven. Jesus then sent the Holy Spirit to empower us to preach the gospel into all the world; after that He said he will return again to earth.
The Fall of Mankind- Three Epic Falls Over a 6000 Year Period
The Bible speaks of two past great falls of mankind, and a 3rd great fall coming up again, near the end of 6000 years. The 1st fall of man occurred in the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve sinned against God. This is when sin and death entered into the world Ro5:12. Then about 1500 years later, the 2nd fall of man occurred. In Noah’s days, the debauchery, corruption, and violence led God to destroy millions of people with a great flood, except for Noah and his family. Ge6:5,10-12 state ‘The wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart’. The 3rd and final fall of man will occur soon when God will destroy the earth again, this time not by water, but by fire. Peter said ‘But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up..’ 2Pe3:10. Jesus said to watch for the signs and to be ready for His coming. One key sign of Jesus’ return is the increasing corruption and violence on earth as in the days of Noah. God’s severe judgment will again fall on the earth. Jesus warned ‘For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be’ Mt24:21. Jesus said ‘Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away’ Mt24:35.
The Bible- Only a 7000 year Account of Mankind and the Brevity of Our Lives On Earth
Though scientists claim that earth is about 4.5 billion years old, the Bible is only a 7000-year account of God’s dealing with mankind. The Bible reveals God’s plan and purpose for man, of which 6000 years have nearly transpired, and there is still another 1000 years to go. To illustrate how short 6000 years is, a 60 year old man living today would only have to go back a 100 generations and he would meet up with Adam. After this, Jesus will establish His 1000-year kingdom on earth. The big question is what happens after the 7000 years of mankind. The Bible states there will be a new heaven and a new earth Re21:1, and then eternity will begin. In God’s eyes, 7000 years is like a blink. It is insignificant compared to the endless eternity and the everlasting life that God promised to those who believe in Jesus Christ. Simply put, man’s time on earth is very short. The scripture states ‘..what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away’ Jas4:14. Our lives are like the grass that withers away Ps102:11. King David said ‘The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years..’ Ps 90:10. From the days of David, 3000 years ago to today, our life expectancy is not much more than 70 to 80 years. Whether we live for 60, 70, 80, or 100 years, the brevity of our lives on earth should compel us to repent, and accept Jesus Christ as Saviour so that we can escape hell and have everlasting life in heaven.
The Earth- Our Testing Place and Our Lives a Test
Our short lives on earth is a test. Ecc3:1,2 state ‘To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die’. If this life is so short, where will you spend eternity? Our next destination after earth is either heaven or hell. Jesus said ‘Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat, Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it’ Mt7:13,14. Earth is our testing place where we will either accept Jesus Christ as Saviour, or not. God never sends anyone to hell; it is our sins that will, for there is no sin in heaven. The New Testament is God’s love letter to us. Jn3:16-17 state ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved’. Jn3:36 states ‘He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him’. The only chance we will have to accept Jesus and be saved is during our lifetime. He9:27 tells ‘It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment’. Ro6:23 states ‘The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord’. The state of our soul upon death, whether we are saved or not, will determine our destination. The Bible states that there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun.
Earthly and Immoral Pursuits, vs Eternal Life
The Bible says the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word of God and make us unfruitful in the things of God Mt13:22. In America and elsewhere, many seek riches, better jobs and cars, bigger homes, more real estate, stocks and bonds investments and more money. Jesus said ‘.. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God’ Mt19:23,24. Jesus questioned ‘For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?’ Mk8:36,37. Paul said ‘For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows’ 1Ti6:10. The wealth of many is often ill-gotten through devious means of exploitation, cheating, theft, drugs, crimes, pornography, prostitution, gambling, real estate and stock manipulations, war-profiting, and other evils. The price of our own soul and eternal life is worth much more than all the riches of the world. Today, there are over 1200 billionaires, and untold millionaires in this world. But no one can buy eternal life because it is not for sale; ‘.. it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast’ Ep2:8,9. After death, their money will be useless to them. Also their wealth is often a hindrance to their salvation. James wrote ‘Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days’ Jas5:1-3. Billions in hell have exchanged their souls for temporary pleasures, power, and riches in earthly and immoral pursuits. We all have our own freewill to choose between eternal life and eternal damnation. This is all part of God’s 6000-year plan for man; whether we will choose Jesus and eternal life or not!
End of Part I. To be continued…