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Many Christians today believe they will be taken up from Earth in a secret rapture while the unsaved world suffers the wrath of God during what some Bible scholars refer to as Jacob’s Trouble.

Well, if you are one of those who believe in the rapture theory, then I urge you to prayerfully study the Scriptures. Because there are going to be many Christians who place their faith in this ‘secret rapture’ who may not be prepared for what is coming upon God’s people.

Friend, I urge you to get ready. Prepare your heart and mind for a time of trouble like never before. I am not here to scare you or to cause you any anxiousness, but to give you the truth from the Word of God about a Great Tribulation that is coming upon the whole earth.

Jesus confirmed himself that there would be great times of trouble for the church. “…For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” (Matthew 24:21-22)

Remember Jesus was speaking to his followers and NOT unbelievers! Jesus gave this statement after prophesying about the destruction of Jerusalem, which happened in 70 AD. The saints endured horrendous persecution after this, and between 538 and 1798, the Roman Catholic Church slaughtered over 50 million Christians! Now did God take these saints out of this tribulation? No, He kept them THROUGH it. Many of the saints who were burned at the stake were filled with the peace of God, and even sang hymns while it was happening because they felt God’s presence so strong through it.

If God did not take His people out of these times of trouble, what makes you think He is going to take you out of the tribulation to come? Why would He allow His people of old to give their lives for their faith in God, but spare you from the same?

We live in a time when most people are content to get their knowledge of religion from T.V specials, novels and greeting cards. But you cannot afford to neglect your personal responsibility to prove the truth!
The rapture doctrine was made even more popular in the 1970s by Hal Lindsey’s writings (The Late Great Planet Earth, etc.) and more recently by Jim Jenkins and Tim LaHaye in their Left Behind fictional books and films. But where did the idea of the rapture originate?

Credit for its origin generally goes to John Nelson Darby, a 19th-century theologian. There were some in Darby’s day called amillennialists that didn’t believe that the Kingdom of God is coming to Earth at all. He labored to correct these false teachings. Darby believed, rightly, that Jesus Christ would return to establish and rule over the Kingdom of God here on Earth. But in his zeal for countering the amillennialists error, Darby added an error just as bad—the rapture theory. He believed he understood a new truth, an idea that had not been taught in the history of Christendom. While he was most likely sincere, sincerity alone does not make one right. “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation” (2 Peter 1:20)

Darby’s pre-tribulation view of the rapture was then picked up by a man named C.I. Scofield, who taught the rapture view in the footnotes of his Scofield Reference Bible. Many who read the Scofield Reference Bible accepted what its footnotes said as biblical truth and adopted the rapture doctrine even though no Christian had heard of it in the previous 1800 years of Church history!

Many Christians today use 1 Thess. 4:16-17 as proof of the rapture doctrine: “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. 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.”

But which trumpet is Paul referring to? Because in 1Cor. 15:52 he writes: “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.” (Emphasis mine)

The apostle John wrote in Revelation 11:15 that the seventh trumpet was the last one that was sounded: “The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” So we should read what happened to the Church during the other six trumpets.

Unfortunately, God is not going to allow us to hear any warning trumpets sound before the end of the age. But if we are wise we can know when the time is close.

A doctor cannot know the exact date of an infant’s arrival but by watching the mother, the doctor can predict an approximate time of delivery. Meteorologists cannot know the exact time a hurricane will make landfall or when a tornado will appear, but by watching the weather patterns they can forecast an approximate time and warn people to take cover.

Mat 24:37-39 warns us that just “as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” Again, I remind you that Jesus was speaking to his followers.
So is it possible that we are not only living in the Last Days but are actually living in the beginning of the Great Tribulation?

When I see how utterly sinful the world has become, when I see how corrupt government agencies and world leaders have become, when I see how children are being abused, killed and thrown away like garbage and when I see the rise of terrorist groups around the world who use beheadings as a way to instill fear in its victims while the world (and the Church) sit passively by eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, I wonder if we are.

While so many people are being tortured and killed for their faith, do you think that you’re so much better than they are? Do you think that they will die but you will be raptured away? Remember Paul teaches us in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 to: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”

What would cause so many Christians to fall away from God? Could it be because so many put their faith in a secret rapture that turned out not to be true?

I believe that many professing Christians will be tested during the Tribulation to see whether they have true faith. Take a look at Revelation 12 and 13: It tells us all about the persecution of God’s people right up to the very end times.

Friend, don’t believe the false teaching of the rapture! We must be ready to give our life for Jesus! Remember that ALL who live godly lives will suffer persecution! (2 Timothy 3:12)

But also know that if we trust Him, God will give us the strength and the grace we need to keep us through whatever the world throws at us.

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matt. 10:28)