The Rapture Deception
We are living in times of uncertainty where many people are just looking around for the truth hoping to find answers but because they are not hearing from the Holy Spirit of GOD they are in darkness. People for years have taught about the rapture, the Christian church has said that people would be raptured before tribulation, before the Great Tribulation. And a lot of people then they put their hope in the rapture. They think that Jesus will just rapture them out of the world. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? What do people think that it looks like to be raptured? Their idea of it is all the souls floating up into heaven when Jesus collects His church. (Praise Jesus everybody, I see your comments) The idea is that you just go up into heaven. But do we think that we are going to go into the clouds with our physical clothes, our physical shoes, the bible that we are carrying in our hand? Do we think that we are going to take stuff, our stuff into heaven? I think most people realize when they go up to be with the Lord, if they were worthy, that they are not bringing all their stuff. They are not bringing their clothes, they are not bringing their books, they are not bringing all their toys, the only thing that is going in IS YOUR SOUL. And so, why would we think that a rapture would include our physical body, our physical clothes, all those physical things like we saw in the Hellywood movies. That is a deception and this deception deceives a lot of Christians because instead of knowing they have to endure to the end with Jesus, now they are under this impression that they will just be raptured and not have to die. But you and I will have to die, we will have to live for Jesus every day, and we have to die for Him. We have to endure with Him to our death. And then if we have endured and we are worthy because we have stayed with Jesus the whole time THEN we will inherit everlasting life, THEN we will be saved. But many Christians think they are saved now, they don’t have to endure, and if anything comes as a trial, they think they will be raptured. But Jesus said in Matthew chapter 24 verse 13; “But he who endures to the END shall be saved, and this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world to all the nations and THEN the end will come…”
It is clear that we have to endure TO THE END. And it’s quite a deception to think that you will just go up into the heavens with all your clothes on like they show in the Hollywood movies, or that you will be raptured right on our of your clothes. To the common person, what it looks like if someone is “raptured”, is that they just DIED, they just died of normal causes. It doesn’t look supernatural. How God works most of the time is in a way that requires FAITH. To those who have an ear to hear they will see that it is supernature, but to those who don’t have an eye to see or hears to hear they will think that those saints just died of normal causes just like everyone else in the world. If you don’t have faith, you can write it of as it’s just totally physical, those things happen.
I want to read to you what Jesus did say though in Matthew chapter 24 starting in verse 29; “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the starts will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. THEN the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
How many people do you think died during the tribulation or before the tribulation? Probably MOST of the Christians, in fact somewhere in the scripture it’s written that when the Son of Man comes will there be faith left on the earth? (Luke 18:8) So that sure makes it seem like many if no most all the Christians, the true Christians died (or fell to corruption) during the time of the tribulation or before. SO, the fact that Jesus is saying “immediately AFTER the tribulation of those days”, indicates that if you made it to that period of time, THE GREAT TRIBULATION, most likely you would have already perished (by its completion). Either you would have been put to death or died of natural causes before the time that tribulation was over. So, for us to hold onto the idea that we will be raptured before tribulation is pretty ignorant because in reality everyone up to this point who has died that believed in the rapture, and that they were going to be “raptured” all has died of NATURAL CAUSES, they were not “raptured” and the only thing that is going to matter is if they were REALLY RIGHT WITH JESUS, IF THEY REALLY REPENTED OF THEIR SINS BEFORE THEY DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES. But this is what Jesus says;
“THEN the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
Some people have supposed that the 4 ends or the 4 corners prove that the world is flat. And that is just ridiculous because all of us know that a compass has 4 corners, it’s North, East, South and West. And this is just representing that everywhere across the entire earth, the globe, THE ROUND GLOBE, everywhere across the entire globe that the Lord Jesus will collect those who belong to Him and will bring them to Himself. But how do we suppose that will happen? I think that Hellywood has deceived a lot of people to think that they will be able to take their things, which in fact we can’t bring anything. You are not going to bring the shirt on your back, you are not going to bring any of the things that you have stored up here in this world. But if your SOUL is prepared because you are with Jesus then when the time is ready, then you will go home to be with HIM. And WILL WE BE READY ON THAT DAY? Will we be ready on the day that Jesus returns? When He is ready to collect our soul, will we be ready to be with Jesus Christ? Or will we have debts that are not paid, will we have people that we have offended that we have not apologized to or will there be loose ends? We need to make sure that our house is in order that our lives are in order, and that we are living holy and pure every single day, that every singe day we are denying ourselves, taking up our cross to follow Jesus, that we are ready to live for Him EVERY DAY, and die for Him EVERY DAY.
Will YOU be prepared, is your heart prepared, is your family prepared? Make sure that you are staying separate from the world and that you are enduring with Jesus to the very end. May the grace of Jesus be with you.