“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: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened (*Shortened not escaped). Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 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. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matthew 24:21-31, *my own interjection)
Now, before I write (or type up!) anymore posts on being prepared for the end of time, I thinks it’s very important to let those of you who may not know that there will be no pre-tribulation rapture. Not only is the term “rapture” not in the bible, but the idea of it goes against what the Bible actually teaches (making it a false doctrine). And the danger of being misinformed about the second coming of the Lord is that you will not be prepared for his arrival or for what is coming upon the earth FIRST.
“And war broke out in heaven, Michael [the archangel] and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought, but they were not strong enough and did not prevail, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, the age-old serpent who is called the devil and Satan, he who continually deceives and seduces the entire inhabited world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, ‘Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom (dominion, reign) of our God, and the authority of His Christ have come; for the accuser of our [believing] brothers and sisters has been thrown down [at last], he who accuses them and keeps bringing charges [of sinful behavior] against them before our God day and night. And they overcame and conquered him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, for they did not love their life and renounce their faith even when faced with death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them [in the presence of God]. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you in great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time [remaining]!’ And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who had given birth to the male Child. But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time (three and one-half years), away from the presence of the serpent (Satan). And the serpent hurled water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the river which the dragon had hurled out of his mouth. So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went off to wage war on the rest of her children (seed), those who keep and obey the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus [holding firmly to it and bearing witness to Him].” (Revelation 12:7-17, AMP)
So here we see that the great tribulation is the wrath of satan. It is not the wrath of God which of course we who are in Christ are not appointed. And I think that’s what people who believe in a pretrib rapture are arguing. They think that Jesus is going to come gather us together with him in the clouds which he WILL (on the LAST day) but their timing is off.
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep (*dead), that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain (*on the earth!) unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (*precede) them which are asleep. 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 (*or “raptured”) together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord (*Eternity). Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, * my own interjections)
In context, Paul was not encouraging us with a false sense of security from end times persecution. He was encouraging those who were grieving over the death of believing loved ones. There will be nothing occultic (secret or hidden) about the return of Jesus. Everything is going to go down publicly and globally, once and for all on the same day.
“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. Even so, Amen.” (Revelation 1:7)
All of creation will see and the ones we admire (like the angels, prophets and apostles etc.) longed to know more about the end and this blessed generation of the faithful saints. Praise God, for letting us play a major part in history instead of trying to carnally ESCAPE these things.
How pampered (in the western world) and self righteous are we? To believe that we are too good or “holy” to go through tribulation and be persecuted. God shows no partiality. Besides, there are true believers with obviously more faith and dedication than us (Americans) being martyred RIGHT NOW in other countries for testifying to Jesus and his gospel. Why haven’t they been raptured? I’ll tell you why, because the rapture is false doctrine. We who remain on the earth until the last day WILL experience the greatest tribulation we’ll have to endure in order to be saved.
“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:3-13)
So, I hope you pray about these things. And will be overjoyed when his glory is revealed because you were a partaker of his sufferings.
With nothing but love, Brandi
♥♥ These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)