Religion: What scripture tells us about the rapture
Our Holy Bible has been proven to be true and valid. That’s what gives us the faith and assurance that we can stand firm and believe in what it says.
The next event to take place in the prophetic timeline is the rapture, which is our only hope as believers to escape the coming trials and hardships associated with the following event called the seven-year tribulation period. Some religious scholars believe we are living in the days of this great believer exodus, when the church (believers) will be taken up with Christ.
Therefore, Christians who are alive at the end of the church age will be caught up in the air to meet Jesus. The removal of believers from the earth paves the way for the seven-year tribulation, when God pours out his wrath on those who are left on earth. The last prophesy to be fulfilled prior to this event was on May 14, 1948, when the Jews reoccupied Israel after 2000 years, and it once again became a Jewish nation. Lets look at some Biblical support:
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17: “For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
Matthew 24:40: “Two men will be in the field; and one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.”
The rapture is necessary because believers are not appointed to God’s wrath. It is one of our gifts from God for being obedient.
I Thessalonians 1:10 says, “Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.”
Romans 5:9: “Much more then, having now been justified by his blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through him.”
Romans 8:1 “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Revelation 3:10; Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the world to test those who live on the earth.
Revelation 6:18 doesn’t mention the church (believers) here on earth because we are gone, we have been raptured. We are not mentioned again until Christ returns with us after the battle of Armageddon to set up the thousand year reign here on earth. This is the proof that the rapture will occur before the tribulation.
Now let’s talk about the seven-year tribulation. After a large part of the population has mysteriously disappeared people will surely know there is a God. With all the confusion and discontent it will be the perfect opportunity for the Antichrist to appear. He will be welcomed with open arms because the world will be looking for some sort of peace and harmony.
For the first half of the tribulation he will present himself as a peacemaker and set up a one world government and a one world currency. He will be a respected politician. he will then make a covenant with Israel to restore peace and harmony, which makes us think he is of Jewish descent, but the Bible tells us the Antichrist will be a Gentile not a Jew.
During this time a lot of people will repent and become Christians, but the tide will turn in the second half and a lot of Christians will be martyred because of their faith. The Antichrist will suddenly change his tune and break the covenant with Israel.
Everyone will have to worship him and receive a mark (666) to buy or sell anything. Those who don’t will be martyred. The second half of the tribulation will be filled with plagues and pestilence as God pours out his wrath on the unbelievers.
During this time God will appoint 144,000 Jewish evangelists to try to save and convert as many people as they can as a last resort. The Antichrist will then establish armies to try to conquer Israel.
This sets the stage for the finale. The Battle of Armageddon, where Jesus appears with his saints (believers) and destroys everything just by a spoken word.
Then starts the 1000-year millennial reign which will be a time of total peace and love for one another. Around this time scholars believe the white throne Judgment will occur, when all the unbelievers who have died will be resurrected to be judged and condemned. The Bible doesn’t make it clear as to when this will happen. After this the New Heaven and the New Earth will be established and it will be the eternal home for all of Gods people, and we will be with him for eternity.
Christians have nothing to worry about because we will be raptured and won’t have to face any of this horror. This is not an opinion, anyone can read it in our Holy Bible.