This is a Bible study on the Last Days. Click here for a printable Bible Study Guide.
Before we begin this Bible study, I would like to say something that is often missed by those who study about the Last Days, which is that God gave us this knowledge of the end days, the last days, to COMFORT US, and not to distress us or to worry us.
We are to comfort one another with God's words.
I think this is an important teaching that is being overlooked when we delve deep into the events of the Last Days.
So please remember this teaching, like all the Word of God, was given to us by God for our comfort, so that God may comfort us with His words, and by His Words we may comfort others.
And as with all Bible studies, we must enter into the study of the last days with prayer, asking God to open our eyes and our hearts and our minds to His truth and ask to receive God's revelation and God's understanding and wisdom through His Word.
The last days we are referring to in this study are the events before, during, and after the return of Christ Jesus to earth.
God has a perfect plan from start to finish. The beginning and the end of mankind and this world, as we know it, is carefully explained by God in His word.
The word of God is the revelation of God Himself to mankind, and His plan for all His creation from beginning to end, and eternity.
God tells of the beginning, creating this world, our entire universe - everything - every creature, all things, and mankind, beginning in His book of Genesis.
God tells us the future of this world He created, and the future of all mankind, and His judgment of mankind, and the end of this world, in His Word.
The creation and the end of mankind as we know it is revealed by God throughout His Holy word, in the Old and New Testaments.
Special Note: The last days are defined in great detail throughout the word of God, not just in His book of Revelation.
The key to remember when studying God's word is that God does NOT measure time like we do. In fact, the Scriptures say that one day with the Lord is as a 1,000 years, and a 1,000 years as one day (2 Peter 3:8).
Therefore, what we human beings consider a long time is not a long time with God. A good example is our own lifespan. Human beings live to be 100 years old today, if we are blessed. Many people die in their eighties or nineties, and many before then. Gods says that our lifespan, although it seems long to us, our life is but a vapor, we are here one second and gone the next (James 4:14). God knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). God is able to see the end from the beginning and the beginning from the end of all things because He is God. God is limitless and God holds power over all things, even time. Time holds no limitations on God. Our earthly rules and laws, gravity, time, etc. have no power over God.
God is omniscient
God alone is infinitely, all knowing. God alone holds all knowledge of all things. God alone hold complete understanding of all things.
In order to understand the last days, we must understand God knows all things, and God sees the end at the beginning. All things are already with God. Nothing happens outside of what God can see. God holds the ultimate power over all things. God has always been in control and will always be in control of all things.
The last days are past, present, and future events. Many "last days" events have already occurred, many are occurring now, and many are yet to come.
There are many events that occur during "the last days", past, present, and future:
Yes, today, we are living now in the last days!!
We can all see by reading the word of God (and in the Scriptures listed at the top of this page) that the last days have already begun.
Every day we are closer than ever before in seeing the Lord face to face!!!
THE LAST DAYS ARE NOW!
Are you ready? God says you must be born again, receive His salvation, to enter into His Heavenly world and to live with Him for all eternity.
We can see in the Scriptures that there are many "last days" listed throughout the word of God.
The last days we are speaking about in this study are the last days before, during, and after the return of Christ Jesus to earth.
God tells us throughout His word that the day of the Lord is at hand, meaning it is now.
We are living in the last days. The descending of the Lord from Heaven could be this year, tomorrow, even today. Are you ready?
We must be ready to meet our Lord God today in the air, we must be watching, waiting, and praying.
From this moment on, the Lord King Jesus could come at any moment - even today - even right this second. Everything has happened already, that needs to happen for His return to take place.
Nothing else needs to happen before the Lord can come.
The time is fulfilled, nothing else must happen or be fulfilled before the return of the Lord can occur.
All is fulfilled that must be fulfilled, the Kingdom of God is at hand, is now - repent and believe the gospel.
Do you know about the last day?
All believers should know about the last day, read the Word of God, hear the words of God, keep the Word of God, because the time is at hand, it is now, the return of the Lord God is promised and certain to happen any day.
We are not to think for one moment that the Lord could not return today, this hour, this minute.
All believers of Christ Jesus are to be watching, praying, and waiting for Christ's expedient return.
The word of God gives reference and a list of last day events that will occur in His Holy Word.
Do you know what will happen in the last days? As believers of God, we should all know what will happen in the last days, not only for yourself but so that you can comfort others with His words.
Know this first, that God did not give us His Word regarding the last days to frighten us and to worry us, not at all. God gave us the details of these last days to comfort us and give us hope, and so that we may comfort one another with these words from God.
The Word of God was given to us for our learning, so that we might have hope.
God warns us all not to be caught unawares (Luke 21:34).
We should always be watching and praying for the return of Christ Jesus (Luke 21:36).
God says in the last days that He will pour out His Holy Spirit on all flesh.
God says that in the last days perilous times will come, people will love themselves more than God, people will be covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful to God, unholy, without love, without natural affection, lawbreakers, liars, traitors, puffed up, high-minded, lovers of sinful pleasures more than lovers of God, worshippers of men instead of worshippers of God, outwardly godly but inwardly evil, forsaking God, denying the power of God, completely turning away from God and all righteousness, and outwardly mocking God and His word.
There are people like this today, in these last days.
God loves you and wants you to be prepared for the last days.
God desires you to be where He created you to be, which is with Him now and for all eternity. God did not die on a cross to give mankind a religion. God died on His cross, was buried and rose again to give us life, life with Him for all eternity.
Salvation is how one is to prepare for the last days. Know God by receiving His free gift of salvation through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ the Lord.
There is no other way to God the Father, except through faith in Christ Jesus to salvation (John 14:6; Galatians 3:26).
You must be saved to see the LORD God. You must receive the salvation of God to be with God for all eternity.
Salvation, the free gift of God, is the first step to being prepared for the last days.
Study God's Word
The best way to prepare for these last days is to know God and know God's word.
We know God through accepting His Son, we know God's word by reading and mediating on His Word, guided by the help of the Holy Spirit.
Knowledge, wisdom and understanding come from God alone. We come to the knowledge of God through God. Only God gives knowledge of God.
We must pray and ask God to guide us through His word, to open the eyes of our heart, to see the Scripture through His eyes, not ours. We must surrender ourselves to Christ, deny self and give ourselves over to the knowledge and truth of God in Christ.
Read the Word of God, hear the word of God, for the time is now.
We must diligently seek God, study and meditate in His word, and pray, to be prepared for what is to come. We must ask God for wisdom and understanding to do His will above all else.
Do you know what will happen throughout the last days? Who will escape the perilous times of the Great Tribulation? What will the Antichrist be able to do? Who will be left, and who will be "caught up" with the Lord in the air? Do you know how to escape the wrath of God?
All the answers to these questions and more you may have, can be found in the word of God.
Ask God to open your eyes to His truth and ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you. God promises that if we diligently seek Him, that we will find Him (Matthew 7:7; Hebrews 11:6). He is waiting on you to ask for His help in your life (Hebrews 4:16; Isaiah 41:13, 50:7).
For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Isaiah 41:13
We not only must be ready by knowing God and knowing God's word, but we must be spiritually ready to meet God.
We are warned by the word of God to be ready, because no one knows the time Jesus will come for His own (Luke 12:40).
Are you ready to meet the Lord today? Are you prepared? Have you received the salvation of God through faith in Christ Jesus? Is your life right with God?
How can we be ready? Through faith in Christ Jesus to salvation (1 Peter 1:5), through a good conscience by sanctifying God in our hearts (1 Peter 3:15-16), holding onto the faith which is in Christ Jesus, the testimony of Christ, that we are behind in no gift waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 1:5-7).
God warns us all not to be caught unawares (Luke 21:34). We are to watch for the return of the Lord Jesus (Mark 13:35, 37).
What will you be doing when the Lord returns? What will the Lord see you doing when He returns?
We should always be watching and praying for the return of Christ Jesus (Luke 21:36). Believers in Christ are of the day.
What will the Lord see you doing when He returns? Will the Lord find you watching for His return?
Are you spiritually ready for the return of the Lord?
Do you pray for the Lord to come? "Thy Kingdom Come" should be at the top of our prayer lists every day.
We are instructed to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and one of our prayers every day should be the believer's anthem "Come, Lord Jesus, come".
One of the last verses in the word of God is "Come, Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22:20).
Last but not least, regarding preparing for the last days, is our most favorite thing of all - waiting. It may be true everyone hates to wait, but we are not everyone, and we are not waiting on just anything. We are waiting for our Lord God King Jesus to return for us as He promised to take us home with Him, to take us to His Father's house, to be forevermore with our Lord!!
We must wait on the Lord.
God the Father has all the events of the last days perfectly planned to the finest, perfect detail.
We are to wait on the Lord's perfect timing.
Nothing, that we as human beings can do, can override the plans of God Almighty. No one is greater than God, God has complete control over the outcome of His own children, and complete control over all things.
Alleluia! The Lord God omnipotent reigns ! Revelation 19:6
Here, we will look at the events of the Last Days as recorded in the Word of God.
(These are not in any way all the last days events or everything that will happen, because only God knows everything and only God holds the future in His hands).
The last days events we will discuss here are: the beginning of the last days; God manifest in the flesh; world wide events; believers prepare watch, pray, and wait for King Jesus; the unexpected coming of Jesus Christ; the bodily resurrection of the dead in Christ; the rapture of the church; the tribulation; the Antichrist made known; the mark of the beast; the expected second coming of Christ; the end of the Great Tribulation; the Millennium reign; the Great White Throne of Judgment; the end of the world; the Eternal Kingdom of God, and the new Jerusalem.
The last days began with the first day of creation. God made everything beautiful in His time. Remember, God's ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). God is omnipotent, all powerful, and had already seen the end of world on the first day it was created.
The foundation of the earth was the end of the earth. The beginning was with the end, and the end was with the beginning, that which was is, and has already been. God created the beginning with the end. Everything is one with God, there is no separation for time. Time was not established for God, God does not need time to exist, God created time for mankind.
"No man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end" (Ecclesiastes 3:11), so don't try to understand it, just accept God's word and God's plan, because God's ways are past finding out (Romans 11:33).
As a believer, the Spirit of God dwells in your heart and that Spirit reveals to your spirit the truth of God's word, we do not need to understand everything to believe everything that God says in His Holy Word.
Remember, time was created for man, God has no need of time, God is eternal (the only one without beginning and without end), the only immortal (1 Timothy 1:17). God exists without beginning and end, He is solely unique, solely immortal, and solely eternal, the one true living God Almighty.
Man is not eternal, as we have a beginning. We can receive eternal life through faith in Christ Jesus. Believers in Christ will pass from death to life, we receive eternal life, we receive immortality through faith in Christ Jesus, but this immortality does not change the fact that we were once mortal, we are not eternal beings as God is, but we can receive eternal life through Christ.
That which has been is now; and that which is to be has already been; and God requires that which is past. The past is now, the future has already been, and God requires all.
The grace of God was given to us in Christ Jesus before the world began (2 Timothy 1:9). How can we be given Christ before we were even born? Because God knew of us before we were born, that which hath been is now. God knew all of us, each and every single person born, God knew each of us, and loved us, before we were even born, and that which is to be - hath already been. God is all knowing. God knows each person ever born.
Everything God created has already been, is now, and is to be in the future. All has been, all is now and all is to be. God requires all of us, that is past, present, and future.
The last days were established with God being manifest in the flesh and coming to earth as the Christ child Jesus (1 Timothy 3:16; John 3:13, 6:38, 51, 58). God said that He in these last days spoke to us by His Son (Hebrews 1:1-8). God calls the days His Son spoke on the earth as the last days, which were over 2,000 years ago.
Everything about God past, present and future is established in God. Everything that God is, is in God. Everything that God has done, is doing, or will do in the future happens because it is the plan of God, it is the will of God, it was and it is established in God.
The mechanics, the operation, the how - is beyond our comprehension. As human beings our knowledge, our wisdom, or awareness is limited. Only God is all knowing. Only God is all powerful. Only God knows the beginning from the end. We are not God and we as human beings will never fully understand the things of God, specifically how or why God does what He does. As a child of God we have faith in God and in all of what God says and all that God is (Hebrews 11:6).
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! Romans 11:33
The Holy Scriptures, the Word of God, the revelation of God is given to all people of all the world.
The Word of God affects everyone, every person, every nationality, every country, every tribe, every group of people in this whole world.
No one is exempt from the word of God. God's word is for all humankind, male and female, adult and child, every nation, every nationality, everyone.
The events of the last days affect everyone in the world.
All of these Last Days events have occurred and are occurring now. The time is now for the Lord to come.
Please note: God states in His word that no particular event must yet happened that needs to happen, before the coming of the Lord and any such teaching or belief is not biblical, and is contrary to the word of God.
Nothing prevents Jesus from returning today. Nothing must happen before the Lord can descend from Heaven to receive unto Him His own people.
Jesus can descend from Heaven today with a shout, just as He was expected to return during the apostle Paul's lifetime.
All of these Last Days events listed above have occurred, and are occurring now. The time is now for the Lord to come.
All people who stand firm in faith in Christ Jesus when He comes will be saved (Matthew 24:13; Mark 13:13).
The last days continue with believers preparing, watching, praying, and waiting for Christ coming in the clouds.
Unbelievers will not be prepared and will be caught unawares.
Are you prepared? Are you ready to stand before God?
The last days will continue with the unexpected coming of Jesus Christ in the clouds to claim His own, all who believe in King Jesus to salvation.
The word of God states that the coming of King Jesus will be unexpected, in such an hour as you think not.
The date and time is NOT known by any man, the day and hour no man knows, when the Lord will come.
The hour the Son of man cometh is unexpected, unknown. The date and time of the coming of Jesus to "catch up" the saints alive on earth is a secret time, that only God the Father in Heaven knows (Matthew 24:36).
No one knows the hour Jesus will come and descend from Heaven, except God the Father, and He isn't telling anyone (Mark 13:32).
The event of the Lord descending from Heaven in the clouds, to "gather up" His own, is expected and watched for by all believers of Christ, but the time this event will occur is unexpected, NOT the event itself. This event will be unexpected by the world, but not by the believers of Christ.
All believers on earth will know when the Lord descends from Heaven in the clouds to gather His own, because:
When the Lord descends from Heaven, all who believe in Christ Jesus to salvation at that moment, all who believe that Jesus died and rose to life again (1 Thessalonians 4:14-15), all believers of Christ Jesus will be resurrected from graves (the dead in Christ) with the living, and all the saved in Christ be "caught up" in the air to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
All believers in Christ will hear the Lord shout from Heaven.
Are you listening? Are you watching and listening for King Jesus to call your name?
Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and His sheep hear His voice and follow Him. All believers in Christ are His sheep and all believers will hear His voice when He comes. If you do not hear Jesus' voice today, you will not hear His voice when He returns. If you are not following Him today, you will not follow Him up to Heaven when He comes.
The children of God, the believers of Christ Jesus, the saved, the justified are all who hear and respond to the voice of King Jesus today. Salvation is not a religion but a relationship with Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, today and forevermore. If Jesus is NOT your Lord and Savior on this earth, He will NOT be your Lord and Savior after you die and pass from this life into eternity. The God you serve here on this earth is the same God you will serve in eternity. Don't think for a minute that when you die you will be able to choose who to serve on the other side, because the scriptures tell us all that it is your choice while you are alive on this earth, your choice to follow Jesus or not, determines where you will spend eternity after you die.
Jesus promised to return, He is "The Blessed Hope"
Two thousand years ago, when Jesus walked this earth, He was crucified on a cross for the sins of ALL the people of this earth, and by His death everyone can be set free from sin and death through faith in Him to salvation.
Jesus paid the price for all our sins, once for all, by His shed blood on His cross, so that we might receive eternal life (John 3:16). The death on the cross of Jesus made it possible for mankind to be eternal reconciled with God.
We all become the children of God through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26). There is no other way to eternal life with God, but by faith in King Jesus to salvation (John 14:6).
Three days after Jesus Christ's earthly body died, He bodily rose from His grave, and by His resurrected life, we too are promised eternal life by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). After Jesus rose from His grave, He walked and talked with people of the earth at that time, Jesus was seen by multitudes of people in His Heavenly resurrected body.
Forty days after His resurrection from bodily death to life (Acts 1:3), after walking and talking with multitudes of people, He ascended up into Heaven to sit on the right hand of God the Father, and today King Jesus is the mediator between God the Father and mankind.
Before He left this earth, Jesus promised to come again, to receive His own, all the children of God, to Himself, so that where He is, we may be also (John 14:1-3). Hallelujah!!
The angels of God said that Jesus would return in like manner as He went to Heaven. He ascended up into a cloud into Heaven, and He will descend down from a cloud from Heaven.
Why is this "unexpected return of Christ" event different than "the Second Coming of Christ"?
One coming of Jesus is unexpected, and the second coming is expected.
One event can occur at any time and the other event must wait for other events to occur (Matthew 24:33). One event the time is unknown and the other event's time is foretold.
The rapture, the "caught up", of all believers in the air to meet Christ, and be with Him forever, requires no events to occur, and could happen at any day, therefore it is "unexpected". Christ could return today, because nothing else must be fulfilled before He returns for His own. During the rapture of the church, Christ does not come down to earth, but receives all believers up to meet Him in the clouds and takes all His own to Heaven to receive the Judgment.
The rapture of the church to meet Jesus in the clouds happens before the appearance and reign of the antichrist, before the seven year tribulation, and before the second coming of Jesus to the earth.
The Second Coming of Christ will occur only after certain future events have taken place, which is after the rapture of the church, and after the seven year tribulation, and after the appearance and reign of the antichrist, and after the mark of the beast, etc. Once all these events occur then Christ will come down to earth to reign, this is His "expected" return, His Second coming down to earth.
At the rapture, Jesus remains in the air, and at the Second Coming, Jesus comes down to earth, sets foot on earth, and reigns on the earth.
At the rapture, Jesus comes to gather His own, and at the Second Coming, Jesus comes to earth with His own.
At the rapture, Jesus comes to reward His own, and at the Second Coming, Jesus comes to judge the world.
At the rapture, the coming of Christ is not calculated, but the Second Coming is calculated.
The rapture has no specific events to be fulfilled before it occurs, and the Second Coming has specific events that must be fulfilled before it occurs.
The rapture coming of Christ, the saved in Christ will be "caught up" in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, to ever be with the Lord; and at the Second Coming, the saved in Christ who are alive remain on earth for the Millennium reign of Christ.
During the rapture, the unexpected coming of Christ, Jesus remains above the earth in the clouds, and He does not descend all the way down to earth, Jesus resurrects the bodies of the dead in Christ first, and then ALL the saved in Christ alive on earth are ALL "caught up" into the clouds, together with the resurrected saints, to meet the Lord in the air, where we will be forever with the Lord.
The Second Coming of Christ is expected, certain expected events happen and must be fulfilled before His return, and Jesus descends to earth, and He establishes bodily rule on earth with the saints.
Why doesn't God want us to know the time of Christ's return?
We must always remember that God's plan for everything is perfect (Matthew 5:48). Our ways are not God's ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). God's ways are past finding out (Job 9:10; Romans 11:33).
Faith is trusting in God in all things. We must trust in God that He knows how to complete everything perfectly and at the perfect time (Psalm 18:2; 2 Timothy 1:12).
Only God is God, we are not to question the works of God (Psalm 48:14, 100:3; Hebrews 11:6).
We are to have complete unwavering faith in our Creator, our Lord God.
When Jesus descends from Heaven to receive His own to Himself, Jesus will bring with Him all the saints in Christ, the dead in Christ that have gone to Glory.
The minds, souls and spirits of all the departed saints that God brings with Him, their bodies will be resurrected from their earthly graves, to join their spirits in the air. The resurrected bodies of dead in Christ will rise to meet God in the air first. (Why are the dead resurrected first? I believe it is because of the fact that they have died and went before us. The order matters, we are not told exactly why.)
The dead in Christ shall rise first. The resurrected bodies of the departed saints will then be united with their souls and spirits that are with Jesus at His return in the clouds.
The alive in Christ, all the believers of Christ who are alive at the descending of Jesus from Heaven in the clouds, all believers who are alive and remain on earth, will be "caught up" together with the resurrected saints - in the clouds - to meet the Lord in the air - and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
The alive who are on earth at the descending of the Lord in the air, are the sheep of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We who are alive and remain on earth are all part "one fold" of the sheep of Christ. The dead in Christ who have gone on before us, those that the God brings with Him, when He descends from Heaven, are of "another fold" of the sheep of Christ. All believers are joined in the air together to meet the Lord and be forever with the Lord.
The believers who are alive at the time of Jesus' descending from Heaven, do NOT need to be resurrected from the dead, because we have not died, but our bodies will be changed, transformed into heavenly bodies, to enable us to be forever with the Lord.
All believers who are in a current abiding relationship with Jesus will be taken up with Jesus on that day. All people who are abiding in Christ when He calls from the clouds will be raptured.
Do not be deceived. Not all people who call themselves believers, or call themselves Christian will be raptured. Not all people who call themselves Christian will spend eternity with God. Matthew 7:21-23; Titus 1:16
The last days will continue with the unexpected return of Jesus Christ coming in the clouds to claim His own, all who believe in Him to salvation, will be "caught up" with Jesus, together with the resurrected saints, in the air to ever be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).
All believers who are alive at the descending return of Jesus from Heaven will be "caught up" together with the resurrected saints - in the clouds - to meet the Lord in the air - and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
The believers who are alive at the time of Jesus' return from Heaven do not need to be resurrected, because we have not died, but our bodies will be changed, transformed into heavenly bodies, to enable us to be forever with the Lord.
Jesus promised to return to earth to receive us to Himself, so that where He is we can be also.
God desires us to be where He created us to be, which is with Him for all eternity. God forces no one to be with Him, this is why He gave us free will to choose Him, come to Him. Salvation is our choice. Everyone makes their own choice to be with God for eternity, or be without God for eternity.
Why do some people call this event "the Rapture"?
Being "caught up" to meet the Lord in the air is often called the Rapture, because the words "caught up" are translated "rapture".
The event where all believers alive on the earth will be "caught up" to meet the Lord in the air, is called the Rapture, the caught up.
Some people may argue that since the word "rapture" is not in the Bible that it should not be used.
Just because the word "rapture" is not found in your Bible, does not make the event less valid, because we see by definition it means "to be caught up". This is like the word "book" being translated is called "bible", does not make the word "bible" invalid, just because the word "bible" is not in the bible.
If you feel more comfortable calling this event "the caught up" instead of "the rapture", because one is in your Bible, please use the words "caught up", but know that it does not take away from the fact that they have the exact same meaning and event, taught by the Word of God.
Who will NOT be "caught up"?
Unbelievers will NOT be caught up to meet the Lord in the air.
All who are NOT in Christ, all people who are NOT saved by the blood of the Lamb, all people who are NOT in a saving relationship with Jesus at His return, will NOT be "caught up" to meet the Lord in the air.
Only people who are in a current personal relationship with Christ Jesus will meet Him in the air. All people who have denied Christ will not meet Him in the air. All people who have NOT allowed Jesus into their heart, accepted the salvation of God through faith in Christ Jesus will NOT be "caught up" with the Lord in the air. All who are apart from Christ will be apart from Him at His return.
We are saved and become the children of God through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26). There is no other way to be saved, apart from Jesus (John 14:6). We all are saved through Jesus (Hebrews 7:25). There is no other name by which we are saved, but Jesus (Acts 4:12).
All people are either with Christ, or they are without Christ.
All people are separated to God, or separated from God. All people are walking to God, or walking away from God.
Believing in Christ to salvation are people who are saved. Not believing in Christ to salvation are people who are lost.
The unbelieving will be eternally separated from God (Hebrews 3:12; Revelation 21:8). If you choose to live your life without God on this earth, you have chosen to live without God in eternity.
Unbelief separates anyone from God (Hebrews 3:12, 19).
What will happen in the world after the rapture?
What will happen in the world, when ALL the believers are "caught up to meet the Lord in the air"?
Can you even imagine what this will be like?
The Scriptures describe this time as in the days of the great flood, the day that Noah entered into the ark.
All believers "caught up" to meet the Lord in the air are delivered from the wrath to come - the tribulation.
The wrath of God is revealed against all ungodliness and all unrighteousness men. The wrath of God is on the children of disobedience (Ephesians 5:6; Colossians 3:6).
All who by faith believe in Christ Jesus to salvation will escape the wrath of God, the tribulation (John 3:36; Romans 1:18; 2:8-11). We are saved from wrath through faith in Christ Jesus. Jesus delivers all believers from the wrath of God to come (1 Thessalonians 1:10).
The last days will continue with the Tribulation.
After ALL BELIEVERS, the saved in Christ, are "caught up" united together with the Lord in the air, to ever be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:17), the Tribulation can and will begin.
Why is there a tribulation? When all the saints of God are "caught up" with Him in the air, why can't that just be the end? Because that is not God's perfect plan. God wants to give unbelievers the choice to repent and be saved.
God does NOT want any person to perish - to die in their sins and be separated from Him for all eternity. God wants to give the tribulation people the choice to receive salvation.
The Tribulation begins after all the believers of the earth are "caught up" to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).
There will be billions of people on earth left behind on earth during the tribulation.
Who will be left? Unbelievers of Christ will be left behind. Just like now, there will be all types of people left on earth, after the saved in Christ are "caught up" to be forever with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18),
All except the saved will be left behind.
After the saved in Christ, who are alive when Christ descends from Heaven and are "caught up" to be forever with the Lord, are gone there will be NO saved in Christ people on this earth. I cannot imagine a world without any saved people.
Some will know what happened.
Many of these people left, will know the Holy Scriptures and will know exactly what happened and why. How horrible for them when they realize, it was all true!
Many people left will not have a clue what has happened.
Within the billions of people who are left, to face the wrath of God during the tribulation, many people after realizing:
will fall flat on their face and cry out to God to save their souls, will pray and ask Jesus to forgive them of their sins against Him, repent and confess of sins, turn from sin and turn to God, and believe on Jesus, the Son of God to salvation, and will be saved.
Look to Me and be saved, for I am God and there is none else! (Isaiah 45:22)
God promises that anyone, "whosoever calls upon the name of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, will be saved" (Acts 2:21).
Can people be saved during the tribulation?
Multitudes of people will be saved at the beginning of the Tribulation, and multitudes of people will be saved during the Tribulation, this is why God does NOT bring an end to the world after the saints are "caught up" to meet the Lord in the air.
Who will NOT be saved during the tribulation? Unfortunately, most of the same people who are not saved today, will not make a decision to accept Christ as their Lord and Saviour during the tribulation.
The deception of satan has a hold on many people in this world, they are in bondage to the lies of satan, they choose to believe a lie, they choose living with satan, living in sin, rather than living with Jesus.
Some people believe that they can just wait, and get religion later, maybe even wait until the tribulation, if there really is one. "Waiting until later" is a lie straight from the devil himself. No one is promised a tomorrow, no one is promised a later.
Chances are, if you know about Christ, and about salvation, and you have not made the decision to accept the salvation of God through faith in His Son today, chances are extremely high that you will NOT make a decision to follow Christ during the Tribulation. Why? because it will be much more difficult to follow Christ during the Tribulation, than it is today to follow Christ to salvation.
If you do NOT accept Christ as Lord and Saviour in your life today, what makes you think that you can, or will, during the tribulation? If you think it is hard to make a commitment to God today, it will be almost impossible during the tribulation. Why? Because the Word of God reads that during the tribulation it will be a time worse than any other time in the history of man, in the history of this world.
During the Tribulation multitudes of people will have their heads cut off for professing faith in Christ Jesus. Are you faced with this horror today? Not in the United States, you're not.
The days of the Tribulation will not be good in anyone's standards. You do not want to be part of it. It will be the worst time ever experienced on this earth.
The last days will continue with the appearance of the antichrist.
The name says it all, he will be called the anti-Christ, because he is completely against Christ.
We have multitudes of antichrists in the world today. The word of God calls anyone who is against Christ an "antichrist", but during the tribulation there will be a certain man who will be "the antichrist", a leader of all other antichrists.
The antichrist is called by many names in the word of God: the beast, a little horn, the man of lawlessness, the lawless one, he is a liar and he is the servant of satan.
The antichrist will appear during the Tribulation.
An antichrist is:
Through Scripture we can know this is the last days, and many antichrists are in the world now.
The Word of God shows us all, who are antichrists and who is the antichrist.
The antichrist is one who is a deceiver, who does NOT confess Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, who is NOT of God, who is a liar, who denies that Jesus is the Christ, and who denies the Father and the Son.
Through a series of calculated events, the antichrist will establish himself as ruler of the entire world (Revelation 13:5, 7).
Although the antichrist deceives people into believing he comes to bring balance and peace to a world in chaos, there is no truth in him, for he is a liar and extremely wicked person, a beast full of sin and bound to the devil.
The antichrist will eventually setup a throne for himself, erecting an image of himself to be worship, demanding worship as God from the whole world (Revelation 13:14-15).
The antichrist will establish a world wide management system, that will require allegiance to him alone, by ALL people through a mark on the right hand or forehead. Anyone who does not accept the mark will not be able to buy or sell, and will be promised death. (Revelation 13:15-18).
The antichrist is a counterfeit, just like his master satan, and will counterfeit the miracles of God, through the power of satan (allowed by God), and deceive many people all around the world. One of these counterfeit miracles will be to be to return from the dead (Revelation 13:3), which will deceive many people into believing he is a god.
The antichrist will be assisted by the false prophet.
The antichrist will align himself with a large religion system, bringing in many converts through lies and deceit.
The antichrist will kill the two witnesses of God.
The antichrist will destroy the religious system which he helped create to deceive the world.
Who will worship the antichrist? All people whose names are NOT written in the book of life of the Lamb, the lost, all who do not believe in Christ Jesus to salvation, will worship the antichrist. (Revelation 13:8).
What will happen to all people who worship the antichrist and receive the mark of the beast?
All people who take the mark of the beast will receive the wrath of God and eternal separation from God, because their names are NOT in the Book of Life (Revelation 20:15, 21:27).
The seven plagues of the wrath of God will be poured on all who take the mark of the beast and who worship the image of the beast (Revelation 16:1-21).
The beast (the antichrist) and the false prophet, who deceived people to receive the mark of the beast, will be destroyed by the hand of God, cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone (Revelation 19:20).
Only those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life, who have received the salvation of God through faith in Christ Jesus to salvation, all who endure until the end, who did NOT take the mark of the beast, will escape the wrath of God, will escape eternal damnation, and will live with God for all eternity (Revelation 21:27).
Do NOT be deceived, anyone who aligns themselves with the antichrist, anyone who takes the mark of the beast, will NOT be with God for eternity.
The antichrist will establish a world wide management system, that will require allegiance to him, by ALL people through a mark on the right hand or forehead. No one will be exempt from receiving the mark. Anyone who does not accept the mark will not be able to buy or sell, and will be promised death. (Revelation 13:15-18).
What will happen to all people who worship the beast and receive the mark of the beast?
The seven plagues of the wrath of God will be poured on all who take the mark of the beast and who worship the image of the beast (Revelation 16:1-21).
What will happen to the people who do NOT receive the mark of the beast? If they live until the Second Coming of Christ, they will live and reign with Christ a thousand years.
The last three and one half years of the Tribulation are called the Great Tribulation. Certain events will occur at the end of this time.
The last days continue with the expected return of Christ Jesus to earth, to end the Great Tribulation and begin the Millennium.
The expected return of Christ Jesus is often called "the Second Coming of Christ". This is the expected return of Christ because the Scriptures tells us when it will occur, therefore its time is expected, know. It is called the second coming of Christ because it is the second time Jesus came down from heaven to the earth for all to see.
The last days will continue with the Millennium, when Christ Jesus will establish His kingdom on earth and reign with His saints on earth for a 1,000 years.
The fact that satan will be bound for a thousand years, makes this event unique in history, because we have never experienced a time in which satan was bound.
Throughout our lives and the lives of all mankind throughout history, the devil has walked the earth, roaming around, seeking people to devour, to destroy and kill (1 Peter 5:8).
The Great White Throne of Judgment follows the 1,000 year, or millennial reign of Christ on earth.
The Great White Throne of Judgment occurs after the 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth (the Millennium).
The last days will continue with the great white throne of judgment, with all God's enemies being put into the lake of fire for eternity.
Who will be at the Great White Throne of Judgment? Everyone who died without faith in Christ, everyone throughout time who died and did NOT believe in Christ Jesus to salvation, ALL the unbelieving will be at the Great White Throne of Judgment.
All people ever born throughout all time that are NOT found written in the Book of Life will be cast into the lake of fire.
There are no second chances after someone dies to accept the salvation of God. If your name is NOT written in the Book of Life before you die, it cannot be added after you die without Christ. Salvation is for the living, not the dead.
God said we are all appointed once to die, and after that the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). Salvation is not promised after death. Salvation is only possible for the living.
The salvation of God is accepted on this earth, while we are still alive. God tells everyone in His word, that the decision to accept Christ will NOT be offered by God after death. There are no exceptions to the word of God.
The salvation of God is accepted by man from God in his earthly body, and received in his heavenly body (1 Peter 1:7). This is the perfect plan of God.
The last days will end with the end of the world and with God creating a new Heaven and a new earth, a Heavenly Jerusalem where the Lord God Almighty will reign forever with all people who are written in the Lamb's book of life, and so shall we ever be with the Lord our God.
All the lasts days have ended. All evil has been destroyed by the Word of God.
The Eternal Kingdom of God is filled with all the children of God, praising God and saying, "Hallelujah to the Lord God, Hosanna in the highest".
All things are passed away and all things are new.
New Jerusalem is the name of the City of God in Heaven.
Survival Guide for the Last Days.
Today, we are in the last days. Scripture tells us that nothing must occur before Jesus returns for His own. This is why all believers in the faith must be prepared.
Accepting the salvation of God, believing in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour is the only way to survive the Last Days.
Jesus is our Blessed Hope and our strength for all believers during these last days.
The Word of God holds the key to surviving the Last Days, as all is revealed in its pages.
As of this writing, today, the rapture of the church has not taken place, because I am still here, writing. But one day very soon, I will hear Jesus and ascend up to meet Him in the clouds, where I will forever be with my Lord God.
Where are you? So, first, you must determine where you are in regards to the Last Days - that is, beginning, middle, or end, determined by what is happening in this world.
No one knows specifically what will happen after the rapture of the Church. I don't know if the internet will still be up, and if the lost will be able to find websites like this one, that point them to read the Word of God and seek the truth and receive the love of God and His gift of salvation. We do know what is written in the Word and in it God shares His love and His Hope for all mankind, before and during the Last Days.
We know it is NOT the beginning of the last days. The Last Days began long ago. The beginning of the last days have already been marked, the last days are now!
The next phase of the last days begins with the rapture of the Church, when Jesus will come in heavens, calling all of His own - the Church, His Church, the body of Christ - to Him.
Surviving after the rapture
Every believer of Christ Jesus will be caught up - "raptured" - and will forever be with the LORD (1 Thessalonians 4:17). If you were NOT raptured, then you will face great tribulation.
There is hope! If you find yourself on earth after the rapture. If you find yourself here on earth after the Church (the saved in Christ) are gone, the only way you will survive your remaining days on earth is to accept the salvation of God, repent of your sins and believe with your whole being that Jesus Christ is Lord and that He can save you from sin and death. Give your life to Christ and you will receive eternal life with God. Without God you are without hope to survive.
Unbelief will separate anyone from the Kingdom of God and salvation for all eternity.
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. Hebrews 3:12
So, I can just wait and get saved after the rapture? Probably not.
Some people think this way - "So, then, I can just wait and see if all this is true, I can wait until after the so called "rapture of the Church" is over, and if that really does happen, then I can get saved". Well, the Bible says you can't.
If you think that you can wait until after the rapture of the Church and then decide to accept Christ into your life, you are truly lost. The idea that you will have the strength or desire to decide to accept Christ after the rapture is a grave error in thinking, because there will be greater denial of the truth after the rapture than before. Your rejection of Christ will be greater after the rapture, than it is before. Meaning, if you reject Christ now, for whatever reason, your denial of the truth will be even greater after the rapture of the Church. If you choose to reject Christ now, you will likely choose to reject Christ later.
While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. Hebrews 3:15
Today, right now, if you hear the voice of God, Christ calling you to Him, you must not refuse Him, you must believe in God now, today, you must not deny His truth, because there is no guarantee that you will ever hear His call again.
Scripture tells us that those who have been exposed to the truth of God and have chosen to reject God, for whatever reason, will face greater loss than those who have never heard His truth.
The middle of the Last Days continues with the seven year tribulation, as described in the Word of God.
At the end of the Great Tribulation, Christ Jesus will descend to earth and reign on earth for 1,000 years.
At the end of the Millennium reign of Jesus, God will destroy all evil. All who remain faithful to God will live forever with the Lord in His Kingdom.
The end of the Last Days is clearly defined in the Word of God. The saved in Christ will forever reign with Him in the Holy Jerusalem, the Kingdom of the Lord God Almighty forever and ever.
Today, if you decide to accept the free gift of God - eternal salvation - though faith in Him, you also can dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Prayer to receive eternal salvation:
Scriptures tell us, that if you sincerely pray a prayer to God, like this one, from your heart, and you ask Jesus to save you and ask God for His eternal salvation, that you will be saved. The gift of salvation is given to all people who ask God in faith for it - God promises to give His salvation to all who come to Him.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13