The Rapture is the gathering together of all Christians at the return of Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, ... And the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. And so shall we forever be with the Lord.
We see signs everywhere that we are living in the "Last Days" foretold by the Bible's prophetic scriptures. For those who understand these prophecies, every newscast, magazine, and newspaper is filled with signposts that we're living at the End of the Age. With that in mind, we've put together some scriptures to let you know where we are prophetically according to the Bible.
Jesus answering said unto them, "When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?" (Mathew 16:2-3)
We believe the return of Jesus Christ is very near and we would encourage you to look into these scriptures, as well as other prophetic books of the Bible. Almost one third of the Bible is prophecy and many of these prophecies speak about the days in which we live. One of the most significant signs of our time is the rebirth of Israel on May 14, 1948. (Ezekiel 37:21) (Jeremiah 16:14-15)
Some other prophetic signs are a global government (New World Order) and a global dictator who will rise to power and confirm a 7 year peace agreement with Israel and the surrounding nations (Daniel 9:27). This will be the start of the 7 year Tribulation upon the earth. We believe the Bible teaches the Rapture happens before the 7 year tribulation period begins.
A peace settlement in the Middle East is one of the most important events predicted for the end time. The signing of this peace treaty will start the final countdown leading to Armageddon and introduce a world leader who will be destined to become world dictator -- the infamous Antichrist. According to Daniel 9:27, the last seven years leading up to the second coming of Christ will begin with just such a peace settlement. The same passage describes a covenant to be made between the nation of Israel and the prince who will rise to power (Daniel 9:26). While the details of the covenant are not given, it will be an attempt to settle the Arab-Israeli controversy which has focused world attention on the Middle East. It may well take the form of a forced peace settlement in which Israel returns much of the land conquered through war in exchange for strong international guarantees for Israel's safety and prosperity...
The key issue in negotiations would be the city of Jerusalem itself, which Israel prizes more than any other possession. Undoubtedly there will be a strong attempt to make Jerusalem an international city with free access not only for Jews but for Christians and Muslims as well. The temple area may be internationalized, and Israel's territorial conquests will be greatly reduced. In the light of Arab power and the isolation of the United States as the sole supporting force behind Israel's continuity as a nation, it seems that any settlement short of this will not satisfy the Arab world.)
The ingredients then in the coming peace agreement between Israel and other Middle Eastern countries are as follows:
1. Israel will long for peace.
2. The Arabs will long for peace.
3. The world will fear the igniting of a nuclear war through a Middle East confrontation.
4. Arab wealth and power will have produced worldwide apprehension of an energy cutoff or another economy-shattering rise in the price of oil.
5. The prophets have written of a temporary peace that will come to Israel in the end time that will be broken by the Antichrist.
The peace offensive is already on. We may expect a number of lesser treaties before the tragic one involving the final world dictator. As diplomats assemble and the push for peace increases, it will be well to remember Paul's comment concerning the cry for peace at closing time: "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape" (1 Thessalonians 5:3).
Students of the Scriptures will remember that real peace can only come when the Prince of Peace returns. Until then there will be no lasting peace on earth. The crescendo of peace rhetoric that has already begun is but a sign of end-time destruction, the harbinger of history's bloodiest hour -- the Time of Jacob's Trouble.
Anti-Christ will ascend to power peacefully but then half way through the 7 year period will break the agreement. He will declare himself to be God and will demand worship. After the currencies of the world fail, he will bring about a numeric system in the form of an implanted chip or mark for buying and selling - Rev.13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads. (666) Rev.14:11 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.
Revelation 12:12 says Satan "Knows that his time is short." How does the devil know this? Because he sees the Biblical signposts of the End Times unfolding at a rapid rate. Israel has become a nation again. People with a Jewish background are returning to the Holy Land from all over the earth. But the prophecy that most alarms the devil is found in Mathew 24:14 "This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come."
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring, men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. Luke 21:25-26
There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. Luke 21:11 Knowing that these signs all point to the soon return of Jesus Christ, it is important for you to understand these scriptures now more than ever. Below is a simple way to test to see if you are ready for this awesome event...
Are you In Adam? (Lost) .... or In Christ? (Saved)
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Jesus said to them "unless you believe that I AM (who I say I am), you will die in your sins.”
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Some may have difficulty accepting the fact that all of us are sinners. We all know people who are good, moral, honest, generous, thoughtful human beings. Surely they are not sinners in the same way hardened criminals are sinners-are they?
From God's perspective, the answer is "yes." Because His standard is absolute holiness-one hundred percent perfection-the issue is not how many sins we commit or what kind of sins we commit, but if we have sinned at all. Scripture is clear that none of us can honestly say we have never sinned.
In the presence of absolute holiness, even the smallest sin is as offensive and out of place as the darkest, most heinous act of evil one can imagine. Because God is so completely holy and uncompromisingly righteous, He cannot permit sin to exist in His presence. And the only just penalty for sin is death-For the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
But just as God is holy, righteous, and just, Scripture also informs us that He is a God of mercy and love. Because of His great love for us, He does not wish to condemn us without mercy. Since in His righteousness He cannot simply overlook sin, He found a way that He could make us righteous without compromising His own holiness. However, it cost Him the sacrifice of His Son.
Perhaps the most familiar verse in all of Scripture is John 3:16-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. That verse, more than any other, has opened people's eyes to the truth of God's salvation and the way to real satisfaction.
One of the simplest prayers was from a thief on a cross next to Christ. As he was dying he called out to Jesus saying, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:41-43)
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (Romans 10:10)
Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." (John 3:3)
Salvation is easy on our part, you just ask the Lord to forgive and save you. You receive him into your heart and life, and you are changed at that moment (born again) from the curse of sin, to the new life in Christ. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice, the costliest sacrifice, the offering up of Himself for our eternal salvation, blessing and peace. Jesus paid the ultimate price, to get us back what Adam had Lost.
The Bible speaks of two very different places in the spirit realm. One is heaven, a place of everlasting love, peace and joy in God's presence. The bible tells us we cannot even imagine the things God has in store for those who love him (1 Corinthians 2:9).
The other place was initially created for fallen angels. It's also called the second death (Revelation 20:14). It is a place for those who refuse God's loving plan of redemption and choose to stay in their sin. It is called hell, and the bible says it is a place of unspeakable anguish, sorrow, punishment and pain.
God doesn't send anyone to hell, but we can choose to reject his love and refuse the LIFE boat he has provided. He's given you a free will which he will NOT violate. Because he loves you so much, he even paid the penalty for your wrongs. What you decide about Jesus Christ has enormous consequences. Now, the choice is yours........