The Rapture. Have millions of people disapeared from the face of the earth? Are you still here and wondering what happened? The Bible tells us of a time near the second comming of Jesus Christ where something like this will happen.
What has happened? This is an event known in the Christian world as the Rapture. You can read about it in 1 Corinthians 15:51,52 & 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17. The Bible tells us that there will be a period of 7 years on this earth that God will judge the world for rejecting Him and His Son (Jesus Christ). This is known as the tribulation. God has sent out His word to the world but they have chosen to reject Him and His way to Heaven. However, before this judgement will take place, God will remove His people from the earth. If this has already happened, you will have to go through this judgement.
What should you do now? According to the Bible, this event will leave the world in great turmoil. People will be looking for answers where ever they can find them. Some will turn to religion, some will turn to science, some will just try to find some logical explination for what has happened. During this time there will arise a great world leader that will seem to have all of the answers as the world tries to put itself back together again. He is known in the Bible as the Anti-Christ. He will have some explanation for what has happened to the missing people. He may say something such as God has finally got rid of all of the trouble makers and now we can get down to doing Gods work or he may tell you that UFO's have taken away your loved ones. He will help solve food shortage problems, energy problems, political problems, and many other problems that the world will be having at the time.
If it hasn't happened yet, you should know that he will work things out for the Israelites so that they can rebuild their temple in Jerusalem and begin to worship there again. Then half way through the 7 year tribulation period, this great world leader will go into the temple, sit down and declare himself to be God. This is the point in time when you will enter into what is called the Great Tribulation. It will last for 3 1/2 years. The Jews will reject this man and he will begin a reign of terror against Gods people. He will put to death every Jewish person and Christian that he can find.
During the tribulation you will be required to receive a mark on your right hand or on your forehead (Revelation 13:16-18). This is known as the mark of the beast. The Bible tells us that without this mark, you will not be able to buy or sell anything or own property. By refusing to recieve this mark, you will be seen as an enemy of the state. The Bible tells us that anyone that receives this mark has no chance to be saved from Gods wrath and will spend an eternity in Hell.
Jesus said that this tribulation period will be greater than any other judgement that the world has ever seen before or will ever see in the future. There will be more wars, more famines, more earthquakes and natural disastors, and plagues than you can imagine during this time. If you read the book of Revelation you will learn about the different judgements that God will have during this time.
NOW WHAT DO I DO?
Whether the Rapture has happened yet or not, Jesus Christ is still the answer. The Bible tells us that Christ is the only way for anyone to go to Heaven.
It's like this. God loves us but He hates our sin because sin seperates us from Him. Sin has to be paid for. If we pay for our own sin, we will spend eternity in Hell. God didn't want that so He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to this earth to pay for our sins. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life while on this earth. Since He had no sins to pay for of His own, the Bible tells us that He was able to take our sins to the cross with Him. He paid the price for our sins when He died on that cross many years ago. The Bible tells us that if we will accept that payment that He made for us that we can have eternal life.
God gives us the choice to decide if we will accept His way to Heaven or try to make our own way. The Bible however is clear that Gods way is the only way. Pride may enter into the picture and we may think that we can get to Heaven on our our good merits, but the Bible tells us that our best is as filthy rags in Gods sight(Isahiah 64:6).
Will Christians go through the tribulation period? No! There are some Christians that worry about having to go through the tribulation period. Remember this. The tribulation is a judgement for those who are not Gods people. It is for those who reject God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Everytime that God has a judgement, if you will notice, He takes care of His people first. With Sodom and Gomorrha, God removed Lot and his family before the judgement began. With the Great flood, God took care of Noah and his family before the judgement began. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you don't have to worry about having to go through this judgement either. If you are living on the earth at the time when God is ready to judge the earth, He will take you out of harms way first.