We are to watch and pray for the Lord’s return. We will help you do so by keeping our eyes on the signs of the times and reporting them to you. Jesus chastised the Pharisees for not knowing the signs of the times in His day. So He wants to us know the signs today, for they instill in us hope for the future and encourage us to evangelize the lost while there is still time.
World events are now moving at a fast pace. Bible prophecy is literally jumping out of Scripture and being fulfilled before our very eyes. We know from prophecy that is eons old that this region is destined for war at the time of the end. We also know, through Bible prophecy, who the main protagonists are. These protagonists are in the Middle East right now, and the alliances necessary to bring about this conflagration are forming as we speak.
The Bible says to compare Noah's Ark to the Rapture. I've done a lot of "Days of Noah" comparison comparing the days prior to the flood to today, but somehow missed this specifically designated time period.
But it is quite clear that the time before Noah's flood is specifically referred to as a time of "God's patience."
But now, it can do just that. And in today's newspaper you can read the specific names of the nations described by the ancient prophets as they begin to align themselves in perfect accordance with what the Bible predicts.
Which can only mean one thing: the "time of the end" described to Daniel by the angel Gabriel is upon us.
Bible prophecy not only keeps us ready but it challenges us to be active in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ before our time in this age we live in runs out. Make no mistake, we are closing in on the finish line for the Church Age. That in mind, there are two key verses that convey two separate mindsets that we as students of prophecy need to balance against each other in order to really grasp the coming Rapture of the Church and the Day of the Lord. (DOTL, e.g....The Tribulation)
I'm going to take a stab at trying to paint a picture for you of what the 7 years known as the Tribulation will be like, from scripture that describes a period so horrible, so demonically inspired that it will be the worst time in all of mankind's history that Jesus said in Matthew 24 in the Olivet Discourse:
In a recent previous article titled, "In the Wings..." I discussed the soon emergence of the biblical man of sin, the Antichrist. I argued that the current vacuum in international leadership is actively preparing the world for the eventual emergence of this super leader. I discussed how he will be a man without comparison, except for the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Today, I will look at the real power behind his throne, and it is substantial.
There are some that suggest that this is escapism, but the opposite has been true. Christians deeply in love with Jesus and enamored with the hope of His immediate return for the church have been driven with compassion to win souls; whether family, friend, or foe. Our message is a twin concern: get ready for the call to the marriage supper and occupy (be salt and light to hold back the antichrist spirit) until He comes. Both parts of this message are absolutely essential for a balance of Biblical presentation.
The Biblical support for a Pre-Tribulation Rapture is indeed overwhelming. Let me share nine (9) reasons why I believe the Rapture must occur before the seven-year tribulation period can begin.
I have recently read a significant amount of material about the supposed fallacy of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church. Some Christian commentators are saying quite openly that the Pre-Tribulation Rapture as a doctrine has now been fundamentally discredited.
The argument seems to be that the Pre-Tribulation Rapture is a doctrine that has only been taught and believed since the 1800s. Ostensibly, the argument is that a Pre-Tribulation Rapture is false because it is a "modern invention."
Sadly, we see this same despising attitude occurring today where pretribulationism is attacked for any number of myopic reasons. In too many cases these attacks are loaded with disinformation. We discussed this in prior essays HERE and HERE. For example, Joe Schimmel and others put together a four plus hour DVD (Left Behind or Led Astray?) attacking pretribulationism and John Darby. Jacob Prasch even referred to Darby as a cult leader. He was nothing of the kind despite the popular tendency to unfairly demonize him. I've noted before that the trailer (I haven't seen the DVD) was loaded with propaganda.
With stage-setting for fulfillment of Bible prophecy during this Church Age winding up for the final throes of satanic hatred against Jews, turbulence surrounding Mount Moriah shouldn't surprise. It comes right on schedule with things shaping up for the Gog-Magog assault foretold to come against Israel. The winds of conflict into which the seeds of Islamist rage have been sewn, nurtured by the likes of the United Nations and the international community, will soon cause the whirlwind of man's final war to be reaped.