Over the years, people have asked whether or not I believe in the rapture, and of course I do believe in the rapture; however, I do not believe it happens early in the process of things. I believe the rapture happens later on in the sequence of the tribulation events. The Bible tells us in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-11, that Jesus cannot come back until two very important things take place first. These events are, first, the falling away of the Church which is apostasy, and second, the revealing of the son of perdition who is Antichrist.
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:11-13 ESV
The apostasy of the Church becomes evident in the above Scripture when many are offended, many are deceived, the love of many will wax cold, and there will be tremendous conflict within the Church. Jesus uses the word many quite often because He is telling us that there will come a time when the pressure on the Church is going to be so intense that many are going to be offended and many are going to betray one another. Not only will the stress be extremely intense within the Body of Christ but the Church will also be hated of all nations. Even to the extent of having a bounty on our heads and some of us will surely be put to death for Jesus’ name sake.
The pursuit of material possessions and personal wealth will play a huge role during this time. Now pay strict attention here because this does not refer to the world against the Church only, this is referring to the offense and betrayal within the Church, and that the love of many Believers are going to wax cold because of sin in the world. This love that waxes cold is not just the love toward one another but also the love toward God. After the apostasy of the Church, the Antichrist goes into a newly built Temple in the city of Jerusalem where the Jews reestablish their ceremonial sacrifices. Then at some point Antichrist will proclaim himself to be the Messiah. This is the timeline.
Right now there are approximately over a hundred nations that persecute Christians and very soon a time will come when there will be no place for Christians to hide or to live in peace. At present, the most dominant nations of the world still maintain religious freedom but as we continue toward the end times, I want to point out that Antichrist and the mystery of iniquities want to change God’s Client Nations. This is the term that I use to describe the nations that have been driven by Christianity. These nations are the target of Antichrist and he wants to bring them into Spiritual dullness. One of his priorities is to bring them to a place where they are living in Spiritual dullness and they are not doing the things of God as they should be doing. We have to recognize the targets of this battle in order to effectively pray for the results we desire. Ever since the birth of Jesus there has always been one nation that has been powerful and that has willingly spread Christianity. I believe that we, the United States of America, for now, are that very nation! Amen!
Be Blessed and Continue to be a Blessing!!