Jesus presents believers with a great hope for the predicted End Times. We will escape the pouring-out of God’s wrath, Jesus said. He will rescue us so that we escape that wrath (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; Luke 21:36; Revelation 3:10-11).
We will be Snatched by God. Hallelujah!
As “the end” becomes more and more clear to us, it will be more and more likely that the timing of His return is soon. He promised He Himself will return to rapture away all His faithful. He said, “I will come back again and I will take you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.” – Verses 2-3 of John 14
Jesus said He will return soon, just as He left. Things are heating up. Both Enoch (Genesis 5:24) and Elijah (2 Kings 2) were “raptured” away by God. Each was walking along one day and – suddenly snatched by God!
He did it then, and He will do it again – someday in these End Times. Are you ready? We must be ready! Read: Be cautious and active in faith.
This fits right into the “end days” prophecies. Believe it. I am so very excited about the next events predicted in God’s plan – His plan which He had written into the Bible for us to know.
If we face death because of our faith in Christ, we can be confident knowing that He is with us all the way. He alone is our hope. “Fear not.” At the moment of our death – we put on Immortality. God’s Home Heaven will soon be our new Eternal Home. Is your faith strong enough to die for?
28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; but rather be afraid of Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
4 “I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have nothing more that they can do.
The Hand of God is upon us who have been born again, reborn from above. God resides inside us! And how encouraging it is to know: “Greater is He who is in you, than he that is in the world.” – 1 John 4:4. We can be fearless, knowing that! How firm is your faith in Him?
4 Little children (believers, dear ones), you are of God and you belong to Him and have [already] overcome them [the agents of the antichrist]; because He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind].
Jesus spoke of these end times. Things are heating up. Yes. But we need not fear what is coming. Jesus said, “Your redemption is drawing near.”
The appointed time will come – right on time. Be patient. The passing of time is because He wants more and more folk to have the chance to trust in Him for salvation. Jesus saved me. Read the Bible – for it can lead you to salvation in Christ also.
The establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth is near, but first we may have to experience suffering and persecution. But He that is inside us — is our refuge and comfort in the midst of all troubles. Read: When we face difficult times in our life.
The Returns of Christ in the End Times
The next “coming of the Lord” will happen in two phases: first the Rapture, and then, several years later — He will return again, but this time in power and glory (Matthew 24:30; Mark 13:26; Luke 21:27) to destroy the enemies of Israel at the battle of Armeggedon and establish His Kingdom.
Jesus is He who rescues us from the wrath to come (1 Thessalonians 1: verse 10). The “wrath to come” is coming during the Great Tribulation period. That “wrath” is the extreme anger of God that comes upon the earth. The good news is: Believers who “are worthy” will escape that “wrath to come”. They will be raptured. Read: Virgins, Talents, and Judgement.
4 I have told you these things [now],
so that when their time comes,
you will remember that
I told you about them….
– John 16:4
Ready for the Rapture? If not, we can read the Bible and know – What is necessary to be saved. Jesus saves sinners – of all stripes and of all vile ways out there. God saved me – forever. By faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ – I now stand sparkling clean before Him. That’s what Jesus does.
Understanding the Rapture and associated models
– From interrupts165 YouTube Channel Series
LIST OF REFERENCES TO THE RAPTURE:
36 “But of that [exact] day
no one knows,
not even the angels of heaven,
nor the Son [in His humanity],
but the Father alone.
– Matthew 24:36
Revelation 3:10 “Because you have kept the word of My endurance [My command to persevere], I will keep you [safe] from the hour of trial, that hour which is about to come on the whole [inhabited] world, to test those who live on the earth.”
Luke 21:36…“be found worthy and] to escape all these things that are going to take place“
1 Thessalonians 4:14-18…“17 Then we who are alive and remain [on the earth] will simultaneously be caught up (raptured) together with them [the resurrected ones] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord!
2 Thessalonians 2: verses 1-3…verse 2: “…the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to meet Him”
This is coming soon: Matthew 24:29-31
Acts 1:9-11…“two men in white clothing suddenly stood beside them, 11 who said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This [same] Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will return in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”
2 Timothy 3 “Difficult Times Will Come”
Isaiah 11:11-16 “the Lord Will again acquire with His hand a second time- The remnant of His people”
Source: Jesus Returns to Earth – Twice in the End Times
The Chronological View is another perspective. There are only three instances of being here “in the name of Jesus the Messiah”, starting with His miraculous birth as baby Jesus, in a manger, in poverty. We can look at this as 3 times Jesus comes to earth:
- First: When He came into the world as Baby Jesus – He died and rose again for the forgiveness of our sins: Luke 2; John 3:16; Luke 23; Luke 24.
- Second: When He comes to Rapture us in the air – so we escape His wrath in the Great Tribulation: 2 Thessalonians 2;verse 2: “…the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to meet Him.”
- Third: When He Comes in all His glory with all His angels to Judge the world – after the Great Tribulation: Matthew 25:verses 31-46.