THE RAPTURE IS ONE THE LORD’S MOST PRECIOUS PROMISES TO THE CHURCH
1 Thess 1:10 Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.
THERE IS A 7 YEAR TIME PERIOD RAPIDLY APPROACHING
Jeremiah 30:7 “The time of Jacobs trouble”
Daniel 12:1 “A time of distress such as has never occurred”
Revelation 3:10 “The hour of testing”
Matthew 24:21 “A time of great tribulation”
Revelation 7:14 “The great tribulation”
THERE ARE 3 PICTURES OF JESUS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
THE GOSPELS – JESUS THE SAVIOR
THE EPISTLES – JESUS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH
THE BOOK OF REVELATION – TRIUMPHANT LORD
Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, 2 who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.
Rev 4:1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” 2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne.
THE REST OF Ch 4 IS CENTERED AROUND THE THRONE AS JOHN SAW IT.
THE CHURCH IS PICTURED HERE IN CHAPTERS 4 & 5
5:9 And they *sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.
10 “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”
Rev 5 GOD IS ON THE THRONE WITH A BOOK IN HIS HAND SEALED W 7 SEALS. WE SEE THE LAMB STANDING AND WORTHY TO OPEN THE SEALS
Rev 6:1 Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.” 2 I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
THE ANTICHRIST CANNOT COME ON THE SCENE UNTIL HIS TIME AND THE CHURCH HAS TO BE RAPTURED OUT FIRST.
2 Thess 2:1 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to him,
2 that you may not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, (CATCHING AWAY) And the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,
4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. 5 Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things? 6 And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he may be revealed.
(THIS TIME IS A FIXED TIME AND IT’S 7 YEARS) Daniel AND Revelation
7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; Only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. 8 And then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of his mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of his coming;
THE BODY OF CHRIST IS THE RESTRAINING FORCE THAT PREVENTS SATAN FROM BEING ABLE TO CARRY OUT HIS FULL PLAN, WHICH INCLUDES THE ASSIGNMENT OF THE ANTICHRIST
Rev 6:3 When he broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “come.” 4 And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.
THIS IS WAR. MOST LIKELY Ezekial 38-39 WAR
THIS WAR OCCURS AT THE BEGINNING OF A 7 YEAR PERIOD.
Eze 38:8 After many days you will be summoned; In the latter years you will come into the land that is restored from the sword, whose inhabitants have been gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel which had been a continual waste; But its people were brought out from the nations, and they are living securely, all of them. 9 you will go up, you will come like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your troops, and many peoples with you.”
13 Have you come to capture spoil? Have you assembled your company to seize plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to capture great spoil?’”’
Eze 39:9 Then those who inhabit the cities of Israel will go out and make fires with the weapons and burn them, both shields and bucklers, bows and arrows, war clubs and spears, and for seven years they will make fires of them. 10 They will not take wood from the field or gather firewood from the forests, for they will make fires with the weapons; and they will take the spoil of those who despoiled them and seize the plunder of those who plundered them,” declares the Lord God.
15 You will come from your place out of the remote parts of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great assembly and a mighty army; 16 And you will come up against my people Israel like a cloud to cover the land. It shall come about in the last days that I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know Me when I am sanctified through you before their eyes, o Gog.”
Rev 6:5 When he broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; And he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “a quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”
THIS IS A SHORTAGE OF FOOD IN CERTAIN AREAS OF THE WORLD…
ONE OF THE MISCONCEPTIONS PEOPLE HAVE CONCERNING THE TRIBULATION IS THAT THE ANITCHRIST DOMINATES WORLD WIDE… FALSE!
Rev 6:7 When the lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.”
8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; And he who sat on it had the name death; and hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famineand with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.
ONE REASON THERE CAN NEVER BE A ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT IS BECAUSE JESUS WILL JUDGE THE SHEEP AND THE GOAT NATIONS. (MATT 25)
1 Thess 5:1 Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. 2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.
2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. 3 while they are saying, “peace and safety!” Then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; And they shall not escape.
4 but you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief; 5 For you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; 6 So then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. 7 For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. 8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 for God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ