Updated: Jul 22
Mere moments after the Rapture of the Church, people will turn to social media to see what just happened. People who, just moments before, lived their lives up until that moment caught somewhere between full-blown normalcy bias and varying shades of laissez-faire, to those with outright contempt for the Gospel of Jesus Christ; all of them will have their worlds turned upside down.
From the sheer volume of motor vehicle accidents that choke every road and highway in the seconds following to the jarring discovery of the disappearances of children, family, friends, and co-workers, this day will be marked and remembered even down to the hour and the minute. To those left behind, there will be the way life was before it happened, and the way life changed forever because of it. The Rapture of the Church will no longer be mocked as a joke or a punchline because it will become a life-changing reality for billions of people who are left on the planet.
Initially, people will flock to local churches seeking answers, only to find them either closed or abandoned. The churches that are still open and functioning, will either be mourning in a state of disbelief, or they will be in shock trying to rationalize what just happened. Either way, the Rapture of the Church will no longer be mocked as false or escapist doctrine, because it will become a life-changing reality for billions of people who are left on the planet.
City and state officials will attempt to impose curfews and lockdowns but will be unable to enforce them. Cities of all shapes and sizes around the world will begin to collapse, but how fast they do, will largely depend on how fragile they were prior to the Rapture itself. Here in the US, cities like Chicago, San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Detroit, St. Louis, New Orleans, and Washington D.C. will likely fall apart within hours of the event (if not sooner). The ensuing destruction and chaos will make the looting and rioting of the summer of 2020, look like a walk in the park. People will flee the cities only to find the highways out of town gridlocked. The Rapture of the Church will no longer be a fringe lunatic theory because it will become a life-changing crisis for billions of people who are left on the planet.
Adding insult to injury, when this collapse begins, there won't be anyone left to stop the chaos. Law enforcement and emergency services (what's left of them) will either be in no shape to respond to incidents (undermanned) or will be physically unable to respond, given the blockages through every major thoroughfare and the fact they are already overwhelmed. The sheer volume of random rapes, murders, violent attacks, and robberies, will either go unreported, or unanswered. The uncontrollable mayhem that follows will become the 'new normal.' The lack of justice, will cause any remaining communities to band together, or go tribal (i.e., aligning by race, culture, religion, or ethnicity), and turn to vigilantism to attempt to thwart the roving gangs and criminals taking advantage of the ensuing crisis. The Rapture of the Church will no longer be imaginary or irrelevant because it will become a life-changing crisis for billions of people who are left on the planet.
Those professionals who held critical jobs in their communities will be gone. People will no longer show up to work, or pay bills. The local power grids, utility, and internet services will like to start to falter within days, causing massive blackouts. Supply chains around the world will become severely disrupted causing immediate shortages of basic supplies everywhere. Looting and pillaging will have shuttered gas stations and hospitals, rendering them virtually unusable. Patients who are left behind in prisons, nursing homes, hospice care, and hospitals, will likely be abandoned if not killed outright. The Rapture of the Church will no longer be inconsequential to everyday life because it will become a life-changing crisis for billions of people who are left on the planet.
As cities around the nation began to collapse, the federal government and governments around the world will declare Martial Law, in hopes to get a handle on what just happened. But without functioning agencies and militaries, their hopes will turn to AI, autonomous weapon systems, and automation to help stave off total collapse. Nations began to propagandize common-themed messages of (pick an excuse) as a means to calm the nerves of their panicked citizenry. FEMA camps and military bases are converted into temporary housing for compliant citizens, but the remaining and vast portion of the nation lay in a hype-state of lawlessness. The Rapture of the Church will no longer be a wacky religious conspiracy theory because it will become a life-changing crisis for billions of people who are left on the planet.
"Michele Bachmann predicted I would bring about the biblical end of days. Now that's big. ... Lincoln, Washington — they didn't do that." Barak Hussein Obama, mocking God at the White House Correspondents Dinner, April 25th, 2015
The Rapture of the Church is one of the most reviled, mocked, and dismissed doctrines in the entire Bible, despite its numerous explanations throughout the New Testament. But it's not just the godless pagans like BHO above who mock our Blessed Hope, but those within Christendom professing to be men and women of God. I won't waste any more precious literary real estate listing the countless quotes of all those who ignorantly mock the Biblical view of the last days, but I did find an interesting correlation between two fairly recent studies.
2016: Out of the 1,000 senior Protestant pastors surveyed, only a third (36 percent) believed in a pre-tribulation rapture where Christians disappear at the start of the apocalypse and those left behind suffer tribulation. Thirty-six percent of pastors say the rapture is not literal, while almost 1 in 5 believe the rapture happens after the tribulation (18 percent). (Source)
2022: The nationwide study of about 1,000 Christian pastors found that just slightly more than a third (37%) of the U.S. pastors hold a biblical worldview. The majority (62%) possess a hybrid worldview known as Syncretism. (Source)
I don't know if there is some underlying correlation between the similar percentages, other than to say, when you don't take the end times seriously, the rest of your doctrinal positions grow flimsy. I can't think of a single, solitary Pre-Millennial, Pre-Tribulational Dispensational pastor or theologian who I've followed over the past 15 years who drifted away (theologically speaking). It's not to say that you must believe in the Rapture to not apostatize, but when you dismiss the Rapture, you're not just dismissing the Rapture of the Church. Since Bible prophecy makes up over a quarter of your Bible, even those prophetic passages are interwoven throughout almost every book of the Bible (save Ezra, Esther, 3 John, Philemon). So when you dismiss the Rapture, you end up dismissing other critical doctrines like the nature of the Church (Ecclesiology), the nature of both spiritual and national Israel (Israelology), and the rest of Eschatology (the study of last things).
According to “The Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy” by J. Barton Payne, there are 1,239 prophecies in the Old Testament and 578 prophecies in the New Testament for a total of 1,817. These prophecies are contained in 8,352 of the Bible’s verses. Since there are 31,124 verses in the Bible, the 8,352 verses that contain prophecy constitute 26.8 percent of the Bible’s volume. (Source)
We are in the last days. Moreover, we are in the last seconds of the last days. Like Noah, we have moved past the construction of the ark. While we are currently preaching and pleading for those to come to salvation, we are now starting to see the supernatural signs of the times coming in like the pairs of animals uniformly marching toward the ark.
The rebirth of Israel and the retaking of Jerusalem
Rise of globalism and the effort to build a united European Empire
The rise of invasive and surveillance technologies
The destruction of fiat money and the rise of a digital currency
The rise of deception and the war on truth
The increase of both physical and spiritual corruption
The effort to rebuild the third temple and the rise of the global ecumenical church (the whore)
Jesus said that the days just before His return would be like the days of Noah. And if this is true, then the signs Jesus gave us are signs designed to point watching believers to the nearness of His soon return. But what were the signs given in Noah’s day pointing toward the soon coming of the flood?
First, you had the warnings by Enoch
Second, you had the warnings by Noah
Lastly, you had the signs of the animals marching towards the ark in pairs
The last thing that happened before the Flood came, was that God shut the door to the ark Himself. Folks, the window of time to come to salvation is quickly closing. You do not want to go through the Tribulation. It will be a horrifying time of death, wickedness, and misery. In fact, Jesus said it would be the worst time in all of human history (including the Flood). From the Rapture to the end of the seven-year Tribulation, nearly the entire world's population will die from war, famine, pestilence, demonic attacks, criminal violence, martyrdom, or divine punishment. That means yes, nearly eight billion people will be dead before the end of this short period of time. If you don't know Jesus Christ, you need to:
A- Admit you're a sinner, acknowledge your inability to pay for your own sins (Romans 3:9-12, 23, 6:23, 5:8)
B- Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ for your salvation. Place your faith in His finished work- that being His sinless death, burial, and resurrection (John 3:16-18, 1 Cor. 15:1-5)
C- Call upon the name of the Lord, professing Him with your lips, and believing in your heart...and you SHALL be saved (Romans 10:9-13)
If you are a Christian, you need to get serious about your faith. Recognize that this generation is blessed beyond measure to be the only generation since Christ ascended into glory to meet all the prophetic requirements. We have Israel back in her land and in control. We have the convergence of all the prophetic technological, geopolitical, economic, and spiritual signs. Don't be like the dead church at Sardis, who is taken by surprise at that coming of our Lord. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you (Rev. 3:3). Brothers and sisters, you're quickly losing your ability to store up your treasure in heaven. The door which is open now is only open because no one can shut it. But God is getting ready to shut that door just as He did with the ark.
“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write,
‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”: “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown...Revelation 3:8-11
So will you be marked safe from the Rapture, only to endure the most horrifying hour of trial that will come upon the whole earth? Or will you be caught up to that open door in heaven to experience eternal bliss, peace, joy, love, and glory forever with your Creator?
After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. Rev. 4:1-2