THE RAPTURE WATCH
16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
1 Corinthians 15:52 (KJV)
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (NIV)
16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
The Last Trump
*The last trump referred to here is the last trump- trumpet call BEFORE the 7 Year Tribulation. The trumpet sound referred to in 1 Corinthians above is the trumpet call of the Church-all those who have received Jesus Christ as their savior- according to Romans 10:9-10 to be Raptured up into the Air with the Lord escaping the 7 Year Tribulation period. Is it really just a coincidence- that our recent President's name was "Trump"?
Hell on Earth and the Antichrist
Unfortunately 2/3 of the population will perish during the coming 7 year Tribulation period due to persecution, wars, famine and plagues, pestilence, disease, and natural disasters.
8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
When does the 7 Year Tribulation officially begin?
After the Rapture, when the Antichrist confirms a peace covenant between Israel and other nations. (This will happen after the Rapture.)
Daniel 9:27 KJV
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
A "week" is 7 years in this context. The Antichrist will confirm a peace covenant and 3 1/2 years into that covenant, he will claim himself to be God at the 3rd Temple and stop the Jewish animal sacrifices, desecrating the Temple.
The Mark of the Beast
Anyone alive during the 7 year tribulation who is lucky enough to survive until Jesus Christ returns at the end of that 7 year tribulation, will still be faced with the mark of the beast. The mark of the beast will be a mark required in order to buy or sell. You won't be able to buy or sell anything without that mark. This mark on your hand or forehead will also symbolize worship of the beast, the Antichrist. It will be the number of his name- 666.
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Anyone who does take that mark of the beast will lose their eternal salvation and burn in hell for eternity!
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Anyone who doesn't take the mark of the beast will be persecuted, most likely be-headed, and won't be able to buy or sell anything, but they will still gain their eternal salvation into Heaven if they received and believed in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
The Great Tribulation
The final 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation period begins when the Antichrist declares himself as God at the 3rd Temple, desecrating the temple and stopping the animal sacrifices.
Mark 13:14 KJV
14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
(Most likely Petra)
Armageddon (Jesus Christ's return)
The real God- the Heavenly Warrior- Jesus Christ, will pour out his wrath- the Great Tribulation-the final 3 1/2 years before His return to the Mt. of Olives for the battle of Armageddon where He wipes out an entire 200 million man army in a split second.
Will happen- before all of that takes place. Right now- is a window of opportunity- to escape the coming Tribulation. Right now- the Jews and unbelievers- still have a chance to get saved and get Raptured up before the Tribulation!
The Rapture is imminent- we know the season- that season is now- the generation when Israel becomes a nation. Israel became a nation in 1948. This generation will not pass before these events take place.
Matthew 24:32-34 KJV
32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
Psalm 90:10 gives us the timespan of a generation as 70-80 years before we "fly away." Whether or not Psalm 90:10 is specifically defining the generation timespan before the Rapture or a generation in general is debatable. A current generation does easily match this timespan of 70-80 years.
2018 marked 70 years of Israel becoming a nation.
Psalm 90:10 KJV
10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
Nobody knows-not even the Angels in Heaven of the exact date and time of the Rapture-but we do know the season- and we are late in that season- right now- it could happen at any moment- once that happens- anyone still alive will find themselves left behind in the Tribulation.
Remember, if you are thinking of simply waiting to see if the Rapture happens before receiving Jesus Christ's gift of salvation while you can, you are gambling where you will spend eternity each moment you delay!
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
For more information, Read this quick guide on the Rapture.
Again, those who die without declaring and receiving Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will also die spiritually- they will be condemned to the lake of fire forever. They will go to the Great White Throne Judgment! Everyone who goes to this judgment gets condemned to the lake of fire for eternity!
Read about the Great White Throne Judgment in Revelation 20.
Those who die rejecting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior or take the mark of the beast will automatically condemn themselves to the lake of fire for eternity.
There is a Judgment coming to everyone who has ever lived! Nobody escapes this Judgment of Holy God. It's a matter of which Judgment you want to go to, the Judgment Seat of Christ for believers who will go to Heaven for Eternity or the Great White Throne Judgment for unbelievers who are all cast into the lake of fire for eternity.
He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, as a perfect sacrifice for the sin of all humanity, since no human is righteous enough of themselves to escape this Judgment.
Jesus Christ, the Son of man, God, took human form and allowed Himself to be sacrificed on the cross as a blood atonement for all sin, but those who reject His gift of eternal salvation through His sacrifice will not gain entrance into Heaven, His Kingdom for eternity; instead they will perish in the lake of fire for eternity.
God doesn't reject anyone, they reject Him by rejecting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and His gift of salvation paid for by His blood atonement for their sins on the cross and His resurrection 3 days after His death into Heaven.
Are you saved?
Have you accepted God's invitation to you into His Heavenly Kingdom for eternity by declaring and receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, being written into The Lamb's Book of Life, and escaping the Great White Throne Judgment?
Just do it!
You have the opportunity right now in this moment to get saved and spend eternity in Paradise with God in His Kingdom instead of the lake of fire!
Romans 10:9-10 KJV
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 KJV
15 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: