My friends we have been hearing all the while that our LORD JESUS CHRIST is coming soon.People have formed various theories regarding the second coming of our Lord JESUS CHRIST.Some people think that there is pre-tribulation Rapture,some think that mid-tribulation theory,some post tribulation rapture theory.There are most of the people that believe Pre-Tribulation Rapture is imminent.That is why they think that they won’t face any trouble or persecution but only Revival,Blessings,Prosperity and all best things but no trouble.Some of the believers are of the opinion that because LORD JESUS CHRIST suffered for us,sacrificed HIS Life for us ,so we need not suffer anything,therefore no sacrifice needed by the believers/Christians.
My friends I am not against any views by anyone or of anyone’s Theology or Theory.But what does the Bible say regarding the signs of the Rapture,Second coming of LORD JESUS CHRIST and end times.
The second coming of LORD JESUS CHRIST is divided into two parts:-
1)First is the Rapture
2)Second is the Coming back of LORD JESUS CHRIST on earth.
Rapture is when LORD JESUS CHRIST will come on clouds in a flash,when dead in CHRIST(sleeping in CHRIST) will rise first with the shout of Trumpet and those who are alive on earth will be caught up alive along with the former ones in clouds with our HEAVENLY FATHER LORD JESUS CHRIST.(1 Thess 4:15,16).During that time LORD JESUS won’t come back on earth but will take HIS Bride,HIS PREPARED CHURCH to THE PREPARED PLACE i.e. HEAVEN for a period of time,to join HIM in the HEAVENLY FEAST.
But the second coming will take place(Revelation of LORD JESUS CHRIST)when LORD JESUS comes back with HIS Angels and Saints(not all,because HEAVEN won’t be emptied)to rule on earth for Thousand Years(Book of Jude and Isaiah).What will happen in the millennium reign of CHRIST JESUS is another subject to study and meditate some other time God willing).
But what are the signs of Rapture and the Second coming of Lord JESUS CHRIST?
There are many signs in fact which are clearly mentioned in the WORD OF GOD.Some of the major points are:-
1)Matthew 24:32-34-Sign of reformation of Israel.We all know that Israel was formed in 1948.So people in above context think that LORD JESUS CHRIST will come back in the same generation of 1948(in view of the above verses).But we often forget that it was in 1967 Jerusalem became the capital of Israel.Jerusalem is the Blessed eternal capital city of LORD JESUS CHRIST,Israeland the Jews.Therefore,it is the generation born during 1967 and after about which LORD JESUS is talking about.
2)Zech 14:1-4-The Jerusalem capital city will be divided into two in the last days.This will take place before The Rapture.Half of the city(East Jerusalem)will go into captivity.Rev 11:1-2 also says the same.My friends dome people think that Israel won’t loose a bit of land but unless Jerusalem is divided as per the WORD of GOD(Prophecy),the Third temple won’t be built.So Jerusalem will be divided but Israel will remain Eternal.
3)Jeremiah 50 and 51 clearly states the downfall of world economic system and America.This will surely happen before the Rapture takes place
4)Joel 2:28,29-HOLY SPIRIT will be poured upon all flesh.End time Prophetic Anointing will be released upon God’s people.Spiritual eyes of many will open.
5)Rev 12:1-17-One more time Spiritual warfare will take place between Michael Angel and His army and the devil’s army.Verse 9 says the dragon,the devil will loose and be thrown on earth with his fallen angels.
6) 2 Thess 2:3-12 will be fulfilled.Especially verse 3 when first of all many will fall away from Faith and The Truth(verse 10).New doctrines will come up.Millions will follow those doctrines,thinking they are following LORD JESUS CHRIST.Verse 9 states that even power,signs and lying wonders will take place.
7)Following it the second thing according to verse 3 that will follow is that “…man of sin is revealed,the son of perdition.”Yes many people are mistaken that Rapture will take place before any problem or trouble comes or persecution by the anti-christ. The church will be Raptured and many who remain will face persecution and tribulation.No my friends.The Scripture clearly states that First of all falling away will take place and then the anti-christ,the man of perdition will be manifested.Yes if the first century church went through persecution and were martyrs to start the work of the LORD by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT,so how much more will last generation face to see its peak and finish.Acts 14:22,Acts 4 was the base of the Apostles in first century church.It is the same in these last days.
8) 2 Thess 2:4 says that the son of perdition will sit in the temple,it means the third temple will be rebuilt.Yes the third temple must be finalized before the Rapture takes place.
9)Luke 21:25-28 will take place.Signs in the sun,in the moon,and in the stars;and on the earth distress of nations,with perplexity,the sea and the waves roaring;men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth,for the powers of the heaven will be shaken…Yes natural disasters will increase on an unprecedented scale and many multitudes will vanish or disappear at 1 stroke.Record breaking Tsunamis,Earthquakes,volcano’s,hurricanes,landslides,tornadoes,record floods,solar Tsunami will affect the life of the many.As a result the communication and technology will be disrupted.
10) Haggai 2:6-10 and Isaiah 60 will literally be fulfilled.LORDS’ Glory will fill the Temple of the LORD i.e. HIS Church and HIS People and also Israel.
11)If we read the above verses there will also be tremendous wealth transfer for God’s people who are walking in HIS GLORY.
12)Heb 6:5 mentions the WORD-“…powers of the age to come.”Yes the HOLY SPIRIT will fulfill this verse and there are going to be unusual manifestations of The HOLY SPIRIT some of which will include Spiritual and Physical Transportation of the saints as never before,Miracles of Creativity and Re-creativity,Miracles of age reversal(years that the locusts have eaten) and many more.At one stroke Millions will be saved.
13)The two Prophets as mentioned in Rev 11 will appear.Many theologians will fail as they will surprise many,the way they operate.Lord is already preparing few Prophets on earth who are not recognized by many at present.But these Prophets are preparing the way for those two Ancient Prophets to come and Operate on earth
14) Zech 14:12 is also clear about atomic/nuclear wars that will take place in last days.
15)Rev 13 will be fulfilled,especially verse 17 before the Rapture when no Christian will be able to buy or sell without the mark of the beast.
16)Rev 6:1-8 will take place,in fact it has already begun when the four horses have been released.This also shows the middle east nations.There shall be turmoil in middle-east nations and will affect the whole world(as is already visible).
17)Matthew 24:14-The Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached.Till now people haven’t heard the Gospel of the Kingdom in full.We hear in parts.But only when the fullness of the Gospel of Kingdom is preached in all the world then only LORD JESUS will come back.The Gospel of the Kingdom was preached by Great John The Baptist before the coming of LORD JESUS CHRIST and then by our LORD JESUS HIMSELF and then By the Apostles(Matthew 10:1,10:6-8).This will happen again.The Gospel of the Kingdom is incomplete without mentioning the Resurrection power of LORD JESUS CHRIST AND HIS SECOND COMING.
18)Days of Noah and Lot-Luke 17:26-30 will happen.What was there in Noah’s days-First of all the thought process and the works of men were corrupt.Also giants were produced and alien activity increased.Also people rejected the fear of the Lord and The Prophets who walked with God like Noah.(Read Gen 6:1-8)In the days of Lot Homosexuality increased so is it happening now.Yes people were involved in worldliness(Luke 17:27,28).So will it increase in these last days as even believers will compromise with the world in these last days.Therefore LORD will raise up HIS New Army prepared by THE HOLY SPIRIT HIMSELF,Selflessly,Glorifying the name of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.Many John The Baptist’s will arise.
19)Rev 10:11-Prophetic Anointing and Prophetic Revival will sweep all and penetrate all spheres of life
20)Prophet Joseph’s mantle of last days Heavenly Wisdom will fall upon many,to prepare the Body of CHRIST for the coming famine and abundance.
My friends the above are some signs that are happening and will happen before the second coming of CHRIST and many signs before the Rapture.God willing will continue to study further.Please prayerfully consider the above,our Gracious LORD JESUS will give an insight into it more and more.
God bless You.