Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. [John 14:1-3]
We are living in challenging times. The rapture will happen, and it could happen any day now. While we are told that no man knows the time or day of the rapture, we are also told signs of the times. So while we can’t know the day or hour specifically, we can know the seasons that the signs reveal, and we can know when we are near the time of the rapture.
After the rapture will be the seven year tribulation. The tribulation will be absolutely terrifying beyond anything we can comprehend, but thanks be to God we will not be here. We have not been saved for his wrath. On the contrary, he told us that he will save us from his wrath, and the tribulation is a time of God’s wrath like the world has never seen.
And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days. [Mark 13:20]
Life as we approach the end will unquestionably get more difficult for believers. All around us the world is falling deeper and deeper into sin and decay. Persecution will only get worse for genuine believers serving God in such times. Living righteously for God will get harder, especially as Biblical doctrine and practices will be outlawed in the United States. Such laws and harsh punishments already have been implemented in countries such as North Korea and China.
Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, fires, pestilences, and war will all increase, which also means deaths will increase as part of the end times’ reality. There will also be more chaos and confusion the closer we get to the end.
Traditional knowledge and views of the world, and of the Universe will be challenged with new revelations that will shock people around the world. Many things that have been “hidden” will be revealed, and many lies will be exposed to the amazement of everyone, except that small elite group of people who have been playing their part within the boundaries of their limited roles.
We will experience difficulties in the end days for sure. We may have to live through massive earthquakes and other natural disaster. We may see tragic epidemics, and we are likely to see wars even before the great wars of the tribulation. We may have to live through an EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) event where our national power grid is down. It is likely we will see gas stations out of gas, grocery stores out of food, and we will have to survive on our own without help from the government. We may even have to protect ourselves from roving bands of criminal gangs as law enforcement agencies will be overtaxed. All of this is likely to happen before the rapture, although such difficulties will pale in comparison to what happens during the tribulation.
If you have been taught that the rapture occurs halfway through the seven year tribulation or at the end of the tribulation, you will want to watch this very thorough Biblical review of the verses that address this.
This is the best and most comprehensive approach I’ve seen on the pre-tribulation rapture, and it is so through and persuasive that you will never need to be caught up in the fearful teaching that you will have to endure the tribulation.
From a worldly perspective, there is plenty to worry about, and the world will get very scary and threatening, but God has told us not to worry, because he is in charge, and he will take care of us.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. [Romans 8:37-39]
He is coming soon, but we do not know exactly when. Even so, we are told to get ready.
Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. [Matthew 24:44]
As we await his coming, we are told something by Jesus himself that ought to be a great comfort to us. In discussing the end days, he told his disciples:
“Let not your heart be troubled.”
This is taken from The End of All Things is At Hand by Chuck Marunde, J.D.