Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him: We ask you, brothers, not to be easily upset in mind or troubled, either by a spirit or by a message or by a letter as if from us, alleging that the Day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way. For it will not be, unless the departure comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3)
The time for our “departure” is rapidly approaching. September 2018 brings not only Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, but also includes the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.
Interestingly, this year Rosh Hashanah falls on the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by Islamic terrorists against the United States.
In fact, 2018 has many signs of being the final year before the 7 year Tribulation begins, especially the current events: the Arab-Israel “ultimate deal” peace plan, the rise of the Beast (Erdogan of Turkey), the rise of the False Prophet (Pope Francis), the revival of the Roman Empire (the Federal Union of European States), the Sanhedrin call for the Third Temple, and many more signs.
Should we worry? Jesus showed us what our destiny is, as the pattern for us:
He was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated in the Spirit,
seen by angels,
preached among the nations,
believed on in the world,
taken up in glory.
(1 Timothy 3:16)
The Greek word for “caught up” is “harpazō” and means “to seize, to carry off by force” or “to snatch away.” When Jesus was taken up in glory, He paved the way for our Rapture. The Apostles witnessed His ascension with their own eyes:
After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. (Acts 1:9)
When the true believers that are still live are Raptured, they are literally taken up into the Throne Room of the Lord:
Come, let us return to the Lord.
For He has torn us,
and He will heal us;
He has wounded us,
and He will bind up our wounds.
He will revive us after two days,
and on the third day He will raise us up
so we can live in His presence.
Paul describes it like this:
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the archangel’s voice, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are still alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so we will always be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
The Lord will be coming for His people, like a groom coming for his bride. The Song of Solomon foreshadows the Rapture this way:
My love calls to me:
Arise, my darling.
Come away, my beautiful one.
(Song of Solomon 2:10)
On February 6, 1999 I was sitting on my bed praying and the Lord spoke to me in a loud voice. He said, “Tell them that I love them. Tell them that I care. Tell them that I am coming for them. Prepare, like someone who has been told they have just a short time to live. Heal, forgive, and perform those acts of charity that you have been putting off. Tell everyone that I am coming soon for My bride.”
At this point, He said, “What do you see?” I looked down at the pattern on the bed. It was a pattern of budding flowers.
He said, “Open yourself up to praise Me…receive My love…stretch yourself out to Me”. After that, He said: “My reward is with Me”.
Then I said: “Lord, give me a sign in the heavens or on the earth, so that they will know that this word is from You!” Then I saw a vision of an arm, up to the shoulder, with a gun in its hand. The gun fired two times. The arm was pointing downward. The Lord said: “There will be two shots fired that will be heard around the world. This is a sign, so they will believe that this word proceeded from My throne.”
After He left, I quickly wrote down what happened so that I would have a record of this message. I sent the message to many churches and ministries, but it was mostly ignored. I went on with my life.
In September of 2001, I saw the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York City. I knew then that the Lord confirmed His word. The Lord is coming very soon!
If you are not sure that you are saved, you can accept Christ into your life right now, by praying:
“Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life. I ask you in to my life and heart to be my Lord and Savior.”