Quite the sensational headline, isn't it? Ordinary, everyday newspapers know how hard it is to get people's attention. The truth is, such an eruption could happen, not just in Italy, but elsewhere too.
Although the word ‘rapture’ does not appear in English translations of the Bible, it is a term commonly used in associations with events which relate to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The meaning of the idea behind ‘the Rapture’ is to be ‘caught up’ or ‘snatched out’ by Jesus who will first come to take away the ‘saved’ to heaven just before the beginning of a 7-year period of time known as ‘The Time of Jacob’s Trouble’, ‘The 70th Week of Daniel’ or ‘The Tribulation’. The true, faithful believers will disappear in the “twinkling of an eye” as they are transformed into their new, perfect, complete spiritual bodies in an instant before being caught up to Heaven by Jesus. The sudden absence of millions of people, will, of course, not go unnoticed on Earth. There will be mass confusion and disruption of ordinary life. At the beginning of the Tribulation, the identity of the antichrist will be revealed as the one who confirms a peace treaty with Israel. Non-believers will be left behind to face severe tribulation as the antichrist rises in power and takes on the role as the Beast who is Satan incarnate and proclaims himself to be god while requiring all people on Earth to worship him. The second half of the seven year Tribulation is known as ‘The Great Tribulation’. Although the Church will be absent during this time, new Christians, who will be known as Tribulation Saints, will endure extreme persecution to the point of death by beheading. With the recent rise of ISIS in the Middle East one has to wonder if there isn’t an Islamic connection. Later, at the close of The Tribulation is when Jesus will return to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem in triumph and glory to defeat the antichrist and his armies. It is at this point that His return is known as the Second Coming. This is the event when Jesus will victoriously return to conquer His enemies before establishing his millennial reign of Peace on Earth for a thousand years (the millennium) with His saints, the church.
After the thousand years, the rest of the dead will be raised to kneel before their judge, Jesus Christ, at the Great White Throne judgment. They will then be separated from God forever after they are cast into the lake of fire, while the saved will live forever with Christ in a new heaven and earth (Revelation 19-22).
The important differences between the rapture and second coming are as follows:
1) At the rapture, believers meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17). At the second coming, believers return with the Lord to the earth (Revelation 19:14).
2) The Second Coming occurs after the great and terrible Tribulation (Revelation chapters 6–19). The rapture occurs before the Tribulation (1 Thessalonians 5:9; Revelation 3:10).
3) The Rapture is the removal of believers from the earth as an act of deliverance (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, 5:9). The second coming includes the removal of unbelievers as an act of judgment (Matthew 24:40-41).
4) The Rapture will be secret and instant (1 Corinthians 15:50-54). The Second Coming will be visible to all (Revelation 1:7; Matthew 24:29-30).
5) The second coming of Christ will not occur until after certain other end-times events take place (2 Thessalonians 2:4; Matthew 24:15-30; Revelation chapters 6–18). The rapture is not precluded by any unfulfilled prophecy and is thought to be imminent; that it could take place at any moment (Titus 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54).
Distinct Differences between the Rapture and the Second Coming are Important!
1) If the Rapture and the Second Coming are the same event, then the believers would have to go through the Tribulation (1 Thessalonians 5:9; Revelation 3:10).
2) If the Rapture and the Second Coming are the same event, then the return of Christ would not be imminent – there are many prophesied events which must occur before He can return (Matthew 24:4-30).
3) In describing the Tribulation period, the Church is not mentioned at all in Revelation chapters 6–19. During the Tribulation, also known as “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7) – God will turn His primary attention towards the redemption of the remnant of Israel (Romans 11:17-31).
Definitions and Origin of the Rapture
- The English word “Rapture” is derived from the Latin verb “Rapere” meaning “to carry off,” or “to catch up” or “catch away” or “pluck out”.
- The English word “Rapture” is derived from Middle French rapture, via the Medieval Latin raptura (“seizure, kidnapping”), which derives from the Latin raptus (“a carrying off”).
- The Latin Vulgate translates the Greek ἁρπαγησόμεθα as rapiemur meaning “we are caught up” or “we are taken away” from the Latin verb rapio meaning “to catch up” or “take away”.
- Harpazo : the English transliteration of the Greek word for Rapture.
There are three main theories regarding the time frame of the Rapture:
- Pre-Tribulation or Pre-Trib: the Rapture event happens before the 7-year Tribulation, and is also known as ‘The Blessed Hope’.
- Mid-Tribulation or Mid-Trib: the Rapture event happens in the middle of the 7-year Tribulation
- Post-Tribulation or Post-Trib: the Rapture event happens at the end of the 7-year Tribulation
Two other lesser known and less popular theories are Pre-Wrath and the Partial Rapture theories. In Pre-Wrath the Rapture event happens after the beginning of the 7-year Tribulation, but before God’s wrath is experienced on Earth as detailed in the Book of Revelation. The Partial Rapture is a subset of Pre-Trib, in which ONLY spirit-filled Christians who are ready, watching, and waiting for Jesus will be rewarded by being raptured.
The Rapture theory gained in popularity in the 1970’s due to books written by Hal Lindsey. In The Late Great Planet Earth Lindsey promoted the idea of an imminent Rapture based on the global situation at the time qualifying as the beginning of the fulfillment of biblical prophecy.
Some speculate that many non-believers who are left behind after the Rapture will finally come to believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior as a result of the Rapture. The others who are left behind will persist in their stubbornness and disbelief, concocting theories to “explain away” the catalclysmic, supernatural event. Some of these theories may be tied to the great deception spoken of in Revelation, possibly even having to do with claims of ‘alien abduction’ or a ‘natural, universal, evolutionary cosmic purging’ of the inferior, intolerant Christians.
Jesus told his disciples to look for Signs which would indicate that the End was near. The Signs he mentioned included
- Deception: false Christs leading people astray
- Wars and Rumors or threats of Wars amongst the nations
- Earthquakes and Tsunamis
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Philippians 3:20-21 (NIV)
“…For I am going away to prepare a place for you. And when I have gone and have prepared a place for you, I will come again and take you to Myself so that where I am, you also will be.”
John 14:2-3 (NIV)
FOR THOSE WHO WERE LEFT BEHIND!!!!!
Are you wondering what is going on? Where did everyone go? No, no one was abducted by aliens, no atomic bomb caused everyone to disappear. Think back to who it was that disappeared. It was the ones who BELIEVED AND TRUSTED IN ONLY JESUS CHRIST! I don’t know how long it has been for you since the disappearance of millions of people(Christians). But I’m sure the world is still in chaos and turmoil for you and the rest that were left behind. BUT THERE IS still hope for you! But you must be careful. BE VERY CAREFUL! Don’t believe everyone on the news or in the paper about some cheesy explanation of what happened. There were no UFO’S or any secret Military experiment. We disappeared because Christ took us home. It was called the “RAPTURE”. Jesus came for us in the clouds and we met him-when he called for us.
It will be so much harder now, but you too can still be saved and have eternity in Heaven. DO not receive a Mark from any person who claims to be GOD! DON’T!!!! Don’t let anyone make or force one on you either-Not even a leader of a state or the Police or anyone in the Government! Don’t even let a family member try to talk you into it. 3 1/2 Years after the millions of people disappeared-their will be a smart, powerful and charming leader who will seduce the whole world. Don’t believe him! Don’t Bow to him or Honor him or anything! HE IS THE ANTICHRIST! Do not receive this mark that he will force or make EVERYONE to get……In order to survive. It’s a mark-a Tattoo or a chip(under the skin or on)…it might even be an invisible mark by a Laser. In any event-don’t take it,receive it or accept it! Without it you won’t be able to buy or sell, or save or anything. But don’t get it. If you do-You will receive Gods WRATH without measure. The Mark is 666. This side of the Rapture-no one really knows what that means. But, during the Tribulation period (your in it) it will become clear to what it means.
If there is even the remote possibility of you going to Israel-GO! GO! GO! Find a way there. Israel will be supernaturally protected by GOD. It will be safe there. Then at the 3 ½ point. GO to Petra!!!! Please! But right now, Look for other Christians-NOW! Go find a Bible as quickly as you can! Read Daniel and Revelation. Begin praying and pray with others. GOD will give you hope and will guide you. You must put your trust and faith completely in Him. Take that little step. You will receive blessings and guidance. Also, Seek out the 144,000 sealed Jews-LISTEN TO THEM! They are SEAL by GOD himself.
Your road will be long and hard, but God will guide you. Since you’re in my house reading this letter (you may have broken in) So What! You’re welcome to everything. Sell everything! Buy Gold and Silver and even diamonds. You will need them for survival. But please-whatever you do, don’t receive the Mark. If my dogs are still alive when you come in here. Please, please take care of them for me, for as long as you can.
Thank you and I pray that you will trust in the Lord.
You have heard the rumors…
Greetings to all:
You have heard the reports. You have heard the rumors. Where is everybody? You hear frantic screams of mothers wondering where their baby has gone. You hear of pilotless planes crashing into buildings. You hear of piles of clothes being found all over the world. What has happen??? You may not believe this, but God has called His children home. This event was the Rapture. All those who believe in His Son, Jesus Christ, are now in Heaven. You may think this a load of bull, but hear me out. How else can you explain all the signs before hand??? I’m writing this in May 2004, and the situation is looking worse and worse as the days, weeks and months pass. By the time this letter is read, I can guess the world’s economy has either collapsed to nothing or on the verge of collapse. One thing I urge of you, the reader, is not to believe the one who tries to explain this off. Don’t believe in the government’s so call “road to recovery” plan that includes for you to accept a mark in the hand or forehead. Don’t believe them. For this person who is the main spokesman is the Anti-Christ. And the mark they want you to receive is the mark of the beast. And if you accept it, you’re are going to be in a world of hurt. It is irreversible. Once it’s done, it’s done. So please, dear reader, don’t deny Him. Make Jesus Lord of your life like I, and many millions who disappeared, did. Don’t wait till you are going to be forced to make decision by the government. When either you choose Jesus and eternal life, or you choose the mark and eternal seperation from God. Make the right choose now. Tell God you acknowledge Him, His Son. He died for your sins. He wiped your record clean so that you may have eternal life with Him in Heaven. Do this and I promise you won’t regret it. In fact, next to Jesus, I’ll be the first one to greet you. 🙂
P.S. Dad, I try to talk to you, but you wouldn’t listen. I hope this sways your thinking about God….
The kingdom of God is within you and all around you. It is not within buildings of wood or stone. Split a piece of wood and you will find me. Look beneath a stone and I am there. —Stigmata
“One who knows nothing can understand nothing.” —Ansem, Kingdom Hearts
Dear Uncle Brock,
This is Marshall Taylor, your Nephew. Right now you’re probably in shock or maybe you aren’t. I know that you used to be a Christian. Please, if you already haven’t, accept Christ as soon as possible. You most likely know what is to come. Your family is in heaven with Jesus. Please don’t be discouraged.
Dear Friends and Relatives who have been left behind,
I have felt, deep in my heart and soul, that the Rapture was coming soon. All the wars, pestilence (SARS, AIDS, etc.), and turbulent weather all over the world were signs given to us by Christ in the Holy Bible. There are many other signs as well, you can read them on this website and on many other sites and in the Holy Bible. Please read your bible, the Rapture and the Tribulation and finally Armageddon, the end of this world as we know it, are all mentioned throughout the bible and now you know all those predictions are true.
Those of us who truly believed and accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, are no longer here on this earth but with our Savior, Jesus Christ, in Heaven with his Father, our merciful God.
It is not too late for those of you that were left behind, pray to Jesus and invite him into your heart, give Him your soul and your life, ask for his forgiveness for all your sins. Our God is a loving and awesome God and wants all of you with him.
Your time upon this earth is almost over, you must accept and believe in Jesus Christ, as your Lord, Savior and Redeemer to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The time is now, repent of your sins and invite Jesus into your heart and your life for the Tribulation is upon the earth.
Do not accept the “sign of the beast, 666”, It cannot be removed and then you will be doomed.
Together in Love for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
To the Daddies that are left,
Don’t worry about us now daddy. We are in a safer place now. We tried to
tell you the good news about Jesus Christ, but you didn’t listen. Remember
that one time I got on my knees before you and cried my heart out because
you weren’t save. We told you this would happen. I love you daddy. When you
and mama got divorced and you told me you never wanted to see me again…
the only way I got through that was with Jesus Christ. This is your last
chance daddy Jesus is real. Go to my room, there will be a bible by my
bed… I highlighted all the right verses. Ask him daddy.. then end is
coming soon. Don’t get left behind forever.