SURVIVING THE TRIBULATION

The Nature and Purpose of the Tribulation (Lamb & Lion Ministries)

Is the world on the threshold of the Tribulation? 

Micah 7:1-7 - Sorrow for Israel’s Sins

Mic 7:1 Woe is me! For I am like those who gather summer fruits, Like those who glean vintage grapes;
There is no cluster to eat Of the first-ripe fruit which my soul desires.
2 The faithful man has perished from the earth, And there is no one upright among men. [post-rapture]
They all lie in wait for blood; Every man hunts his brother with a net.

3 That they may successfully do evil with both hands—The prince asks for gifts, The judge seeks a bribe,

And the great man utters his evil desire; So they scheme together.
4 The best of them is like a brier; The most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge;
The day of your watchman and your punishment comes; Now shall be their perplexity.

5 Do not trust in a friend; Do not put your confidence in a companion; 
Guard the doors of your mouth From her who lies in your bosom.
6 For son dishonors father, Daughter rises against her mother, 

Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; A man’s enemies are the men of his own household.
7 Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me.

Tribulation Salvation and Babylon (Lamb & Lion Ministries)

Can people be saved during the Tribulation without the Church being there? 

What is the Tribulation?

https://www.gotquestions.org/tribulation.html

The tribulation is a future seven-year period of time when God will finish His discipline of Israel and finalize His judgment of the unbelieving world. The church, made up of all who have trusted in the person and work of the Lord Jesus to save them from being punished for sin, will not be present during the tribulation. The church will be removed from the earth in an event known as the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-181 Corinthians 15:51-53). The church is saved from the wrath to come (1 Thessalonians 5:9). Throughout Scripture, the tribulation is referred to by other names such as the Day of the Lord (Isaiah 2:1213:6-9Joel 1:152:1-313:141 Thessalonians 5:2); trouble or tribulation (Deuteronomy 4:30Zephaniah 1:1); the great tribulation, which refers to the more intense second half of the seven-year period (Matthew 24:21); time or day of trouble (Daniel 12:1Zephaniah 1:15); time of Jacob’s trouble (Jeremiah 30:7).

An understanding of Daniel 9:24-27 is necessary in order to understand the purpose and time of the tribulation. This passage speaks of 70 weeks that have been declared against “your people.” Daniel’s people are the Jews, the nation of Israel, and Daniel 9:24 speaks of a period of time that God has given “to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy.” God declares that “seventy sevens” will fulfill all these things. This is 70 sevens of years, or 490 years. (Some translations refer to 70 weeks of years.) This is confirmed by another part of this passage in Daniel. In verses 25 and 26, Daniel is told that the Messiah will be cut off after “seven sevens and sixty-two sevens” (69 total), beginning with the decree to rebuild Jerusalem. In other words, 69 sevens of years (483 years) after the decree to rebuild Jerusalem, the Messiah will be cut off. Biblical historians confirm that 483 years passed from the time of the decree to rebuild Jerusalem to the time when Jesus was crucified. Most Christian scholars, regardless of their view of eschatology (future things/events), have the above understanding of Daniel’s 70 sevens.

With 483 years having passed from the decree to rebuild Jerusalem to the cutting off of the Messiah, this leaves one seven-year period to be fulfilled in terms of Daniel 9:24: “to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy.” This final seven-year period is known as the tribulation period—it is a time when God finishes judging Israel for its sin.

Daniel 9:27 gives a few highlights of the seven-year tribulation period: “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ’seven.' In the middle of the ’seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” The person of whom this verse speaks is the person Jesus calls the “abomination that causes desolation” (Matthew 24:15) and is called “the beast” in Revelation 13Daniel 9:27 says that the beast will make a covenant for seven years, but in the middle of this week (3 1/2 years into the tribulation), he will break the covenant, putting a stop to sacrifice. Revelation 13 explains that the beast will place an image of himself in the temple and require the world to worship him. Revelation 13:5 says that this will go on for 42 months, which is 3 1/2 years. Since Daniel 9:27 says that this will happen in the middle of the week, and Revelation 13:5 says that the beast will do this for a period of 42 months, it is easy to see that the total length of time is 84 months or seven years. Also see Daniel 7:25, where the “time, times, and half a time” (time=1 year; times=2 years; half a time=1/2 year; total of 3 1/2 years) also refers to “great tribulation,” the last half of the seven-year tribulation period when the beast will be in power.

For further references about the tribulation, see Revelation 11:2-3, which speaks of 1260 days and 42 months, and Daniel 12:11-12, which speaks of 1290 days and 1335 days. These days have a reference to the midpoint of the tribulation. The additional days in Daniel 12 may include the time at the end for the judgment of the nations (Matthew 25:31-46) and time for the setting up of Christ’s millennial kingdom (Revelation 20:4-6).

In summary, the Tribulation is the 7-year time period in the end times in which humanity’s decadence and depravity will reach its fullness, with God judging accordingly.

 

Recommended Resource: Understanding End Times Prophecy by Paul Benware

 

Surviving the end times - what do I need to know?

https://www.gotquestions.org/surviving-end-times.html

 

Often, people experience anxiety when they think about the future; however, it does not have to be that way. For those who know God, thoughts of the future bring eagerness and comfort. For example, describing a woman who knows and trusts God, Proverbs 31:25 says, “She smiles at the future.”

Two key thoughts to keep in mind about the future are, first, God is sovereign and in control over everything. He knows the future and absolutely controls what will happen. The Bible says, “Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’ . . . Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it” (Isaiah 46:9–11, emphasis added).

The second thing to remember about the future is that the Bible outlines what will occur in “the end times” or “latter days.” Because the Bible is God’s revelation to humankind, and because God knows and controls the future (as Isaiah says above), then it stands to reason that when the Bible speaks about what will occur in the future, we can believe it. Concerning predictions about the future, the Bible says, “No prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God" (2 Peter 1:21). This truth is evident in the fact that, unlike the false prophecies made in other religions or by individuals such as Nostradamus, the Bible has never once been wrong – every time the Bible has predicted a future event, it happened exactly as Scripture said it would.

When considering how to understand and survive in the end times, answer these three questions:

1. How should I interpret what the Bible says about the future (biblical prophecy)?
2. What does the Bible say will happen in the end times?
3. How should what the Bible says about the future affect the way I live today?

 

How to Interpret Biblical Prophecy


There are a number of viewpoints on what methods should be used when interpreting passages concerning the end times. While there are good people espousing different beliefs, there is good reason to believe that biblical prophecy should be interpreted (1) literally, (2) with a futurist view, and (3) in what is called a “premillennial” manner. Encouraging a literal interpretation is the fact that there are over 300 prophecies that concern the first coming of Christ, all of which were literally fulfilled. The predictions surrounding the Messiah’s birth, life, betrayal, death and resurrection were not fulfilled allegorically or in a spiritual manner. Jesus literally was born in Bethlehem, performed miracles, was betrayed by a close friend for 30 pieces of silver, was pierced in His hands and feet, died with thieves, was buried in a rich man’s tomb, and was resurrected three days after His death. All these details were predicted hundreds of years before Jesus was born and were literally fulfilled. And, while there is symbolism used in various prophecies (e.g., dragons, horsemen, etc.), all of it portrays literal beings or events, in much the same way as Jesus is spoken of as a lion and a lamb.

Regarding a futurist view, the Bible clearly states that prophetic books like Daniel and Revelation contain not only accounts of historical events, but also predictions of future events. After John was given his messages for the churches of his day, he received visions concerning what would occur in the end times. John was told, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things” (Revelation 4:1, emphasis added).

Perhaps an even stronger argument for a futurist view involves the promises God made to Abraham (cf. Genesis 12 & 15) concerning the land of Israel. Since God’s covenant with Abraham was unconditional, and His promises have not yet been fulfilled to Abraham’s descendants, then a futurist view of the promises to Israel is warranted.

Lastly, with respect to prophecy being interpreted in a “premillennial” manner, this means that, first, the church will be Raptured, then the world will experience a seven-year Tribulation period, and then Jesus Christ will return to reign over the earth for 1,000 literal years (Revelation 20).

But what does the Bible say will happen before then?


 

What Does the Bible Say Will Happen in the End Times?


Sadly, the Bible predicts a downward spiral of catastrophes, human sin, and religious apostasy before Christ returns. Paul writes, “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. . . . Evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:113). The world will continue to reject God, His Word, and His people.

Some day in the future – a day no one knows – God will end the Church Age which began in the first century on Pentecost (cf. Acts 2) with an event known as the Rapture. At that time, God removes all believers in Christ from the earth in preparation for His final judgments. Of the Rapture, Paul says, “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:14–18).

The erosion of peace and increase of turmoil that precedes the Rapture will reach epic proportions when untold numbers of people disappear from the earth. Such an event will cause panic and demands for a strong leader who will have answers to all the world’s problems. Preparation for this leader has been in progress for some time, as historian Arnold Toynbee has noted, “By forcing on mankind more and more lethal weapons, and at the same time making the world more and more interdependent economically, technology has brought mankind to such a degree of distress that we are ripe for the deifying of any new Caesar who might succeed in giving the world unity and peace.” Out of a revived Roman Empire, one that is organized in a European ten-constituency fashion (cf. Daniel 7:24Revelation 13:1), the Antichrist will arise and sign a covenant with the nation of Israel, which will officially begin God’s prophetic seven-year countdown to Christ’s second coming (cf. Daniel 9:27).

For three and a half years, the Antichrist will reign over the earth and promise peace, but it is a false peace which will entrap the people of the earth. The Bible says, “While they are saying, ‘Peace and safety!’ then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). Wars, earthquakes, and famines will escalate (cf. Matthew 24:7) until the end of the Antichrist’s 3.5-year reign, when he will enter a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem and proclaim himself to be God and demand worship (cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:4Matthew 24:15). It is at that point that the true God responds to the challenge. For another 3.5 years, a Great Tribulation will occur, such as has never before been seen. Jesus predicted, “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short” (Matthew 24:21–22).

Untold loss of life and destruction of the earth will occur during the Great Tribulation. Also, large numbers will come to faith in Christ, yet many will do so at cost of their lives. God will still be in control as He gathers the unbelieving armies of the world in order to judge them. Of this event, the prophet Joel wrote, “I will gather all the nations And bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people” (Joel 3:2). John records the battle this way: “And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon [Satan] and out of the mouth of the beast [the Antichrist] and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs; for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty. . . . And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon” (Revelation 16:13–16).

At this point, the Messiah Jesus will return, destroy His enemies, and claim the world, which is rightfully His. “And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, ‘KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.’ Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in mid-heaven, ‘Come, assemble for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.’ And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh” (Revelation 19:11–21).

After Christ has defeated all the armies gathered in the valley of Armageddon, He will reign with His saints for one thousand years and fully restore Israel to her land. At the end of a thousand years, a final judgment of the nations and all remaining mankind will occur, which is then followed by an eternal state: either spent with God or separated from Him (cf. Revelation 20-21).

The above events are not speculations or possibilities – they are what will take place in the future. Just as all the Bible’s prophecies of Christ’s first coming came true, so will all the Bible’s prophecies of His second coming.

Given the truth of these prophecies, what impact should they have on us now? Peter asks this question: “Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! ” (2 Peter 3:11–12).

 

The Effect of Bible Prophecy on Us Today

 

There are four responses we should have to Bible prophecy. The first is obedience, which is what Peter speaks of in the verses above. Jesus continually tells us to be ready for His coming, which could happen at any time (cf. Mark 13:33-37) and to live in such a way that we are not ashamed of our behavior.

The second response is worship. God has provided a way to escape His end-time judgments—His free gift of salvation offered through Jesus. We must be sure we receive His salvation and live in gratitude before Him. Our worship on earth will one day become worship in heaven: “And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation’” (Revelation 5:9).

The third response is proclamation. The message of God’s salvation and the truth of His second coming need to be proclaimed for all to hear, especially to those who don’t yet believe. We must give everyone the chance to turn to God and be saved from His coming wrath. Revelation 22:10 says, "And he said to me, ‘Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.’”

The last response to God’s prophetic Word is service. All believers should be diligent about carrying out God’s will and performing good works. Part of Christ’s judgments will be of the works performed by believers. They do not determine a Christian’s acceptance into heaven, but they do show what each believer did with the gifts given him or her by God. Paul says of this judgment, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad" (2 Corinthians 5:10).

In summation, God is sovereign over all events and people of the world. He is firmly in control of everything and will bring a perfect end to everything He has started. An old Christian song puts it like this: “All is God’s creation … Fashioned by One hand … Satan and Salvation … Under One command.”

Fulfilled prophecy is one proof that the Bible is a supernatural book. Hundreds of Old Testament prophecies have already been fulfilled, and it is reasonable to conclude that what it says about the end times will be fulfilled as well. For those who know Jesus and have trusted Him as their Lord and Savior, His coming will be their blessed hope (cf. Titus 2:13). But for those who have rejected Christ, He will be their holy terror (cf. 2 Thessalonians 1:8). The bottom line is this: to survive the end times, make sure you are a believer in Christ: “For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

 

Recommended Resource: Understanding End Times Prophecy by Paul Benware

 

The Post Rapture Survival Guide

https://www.raptureready.com/2016/07/19/the-post-rapture-survival-guide/

The purpose of this manual is twofold:


First of all, it is to warn those who receive this manual prior to the rapture of the events that will take place in the last days as foretold in the Bible. Based on what the Bible has to say about future events, nobody in their right mind would want live on earth after the rapture. Hopefully, many will read, believe, seek God, repent and be saved. Salvation is very simple, so simple to attain, in fact, that most people cannot accept its simplicity; thereby reject it completely. However, it is complex because it is life-changing and based on that which we cannot see; it is based on faith. Simple, because Jesus does all the work. If you want to be saved and have eternal life, simply pray in belief and humility to Lord Jesus:

“Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and ask you to forgive me of my sins and prepare for me a new heart. I surrender my life to you.”

Secondly, to those left behind after the rapture, this is indeed a survival manual. You still have an opportunity to repent and have eternal life. The same prayer of salvation is applicable to you; the only difference is that you will spend a little time experiencing a taste of hell while you remain on earth.

Let me be really frank with you. If you are reading this manual and the rapture has already occurred, then you probably are not going to physically survive; you most likely will die sometime in the next few years. This manual is about the survival of your soul. You are going to go through terrible suffering. The only question that remains is whether you will go to Heaven or go to hell when you die.

Definition: Rapture–This is the event that will occur when Jesus calls His followers (both gentile and Jewish believers) with a trumpet blast, and in the “twinkling of an eye” they will be removed from the earth and transported to be with Jesus in the heavens.

 

Biblical Foundation for the Rapture


“Take notice, I am telling you a secret. We shall not all die but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet call. For the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall all be changed” (I Corinthians 15:51-52).

“For with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet of God, the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven, and those who died in Christ will rise first. Afterward we, the living who remain, will be caught up along with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we shall forever be with the Lord” (I Thessalonians 4:16-17).

“…For I am going away to prepare a place for you. And when I have gone and have prepared a place for you, I will come again and take you to Myself so that where I am, you also will be” (John 14:2-3).

Events and Circumstances Prior to the Rapture


At the time that this manual was being written, and for the remainder of the time left in this age, the one word that describes the condition of the world is change. All of this change is being accomplished through the work of Satan, as he cannot tolerate anything that originated from God’s creation. Originally, the Bible tells us that when God created the world He declared that it was “good.” That means that it was perfect and no changes were necessary. Included in His creation were standards to live by that He gave to Adam and Eve. These standards covered everything from how to live in our private lives, to proper domestic relationships, to principles for governing a community. Satan seeks to change everything that God has created and established, thus he has used his power and influence in the world to make subtle deviations to God’s original plan. Satan’s goal is to establish a world order headed by his protege (the world dictator known in the Bible as the Beast and anti-christ) who will spend his time and effort changing everything to be in opposition to God’s will as expressed in the Bible. This is predicted in the Bible in the book of Daniel: “and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law.”

POLITICAL


In today’s political environment there is no effective leadership in the world. Every nation lacks strong and competent leaders able to deal with the problems at home and abroad. The United States, which has been the world leader for the last 50 years, has steadily lost its influence among other nations because of political leaders in the United States who have no moral center to direct their decision making process. However, this distrust and dislike of government and government leaders is not just an American phenomenon but is a common theme in Europe, South America, Asia and the entire world. Because of this leadership vacuum in the world, there is now an opportunity for a man to arise who is very charismatic, strong, and attractive to peoples of all nations. Based on the prophecies in the Bible such a man will arise, and he will be successful in uniting the various nations to rule as a dictator.

The move to unite the world under one government has been active since the early 1950’s, and in recent years this has become more of a reality as many nations have given up their sovereignty to the United Nations during armed intervention of conflicts (eg. Kuwait, Somalia, Bosnia). In these conflicts, the nations of the world contributed manpower and machinery to be used under the flag of the United Nations. The United States of America surrendered its sovereignty in these situations to much weaker nations by allowing its military to be controlled by these nations. In addition to these military actions the nations of the world also agreed to control trade and labor practices with international treaties such as NAFTA and GATT.

There is no dominant nation to provide leadership to the world, thus the stage is set for a man to arise out of the masses to unite the world as dictator.

SOCIAL


The foundational building block of society, that element which has always been responsible for social order and peace, is the family, and it has been virtually destroyed. The family is to be a man, his wife and their children. The man provides for the wife and children, the wife nurtures and educates the children, and the children obey their parents. In a community of families, adults hold the other adults and children accountable for their actions. The family is based on marriage.

Marriage is an institution of God and therefore hated by Satan. The devil has worked very hard, primarily through communications media such as TV, movies, news journalists, and entertainment in general to convince women that marriage is detrimental to their freedom and fulfillment in life. Satan has deceived women into believing that they have the same sexual desire as men and that all differences are the result of culture. Satan has worked hard to divide men and women and have them at war with one another, and because of this, the violence between men and women has dramatically increased.

Civil war has been a constant theme of this age and unrest will continue into the end times: man vs. women, black vs. white, Muslim vs. Jew, Catholic vs. Protestant, Muslim vs. Christian, one Muslim faction vs. another Muslim faction, one black African tribe vs. another black African tribe, nation vs. nation, people vs. people. Whatever divides people into different groups, Satan uses to inspire hate, strife and violence.

Homosexuality and all sorts of perverse behavior are accepted as normal. The world dictator (anti-christ) himself will not have the normal sexual attraction to women and may be asexual. Many theologians believe that he will probably be openly homosexual as indicated in the Bible in the book of Daniel 11:37: “and he will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the desire of women”. And therefore, after the rapture, more than likely marriage will be discouraged or illegal, and homosexual and lesbian relationships highly encouraged.

ECONOMIC


On the economic scene, the trend is toward poverty for the masses with wealth concentrated into the hands of very few people. These controllers of the wealth will be the kings of commerce and banking and also be the power behind politics of the world. Small businesses are merged into larger companies and the larger companies merge with themselves to increase profits. The result is huge multi-national companies that have no allegiance to any community, state, nation or people, whose only allegiance is to increased profits for management and shareholders. The result is workers who are little more than peasants and presidents of companies who are more and more like kings. It will be these “kings” who usher in the world dictator to protect their wealth and power. Expect all commerce, buying and selling, to be controlled by a mark on the right hand or forehead of every person who wants to participate in the economy. Only those people with the mark will be able to buy and sell, but the consequences of taking the mark is eternal damnation (Rev 14:9-11).

Therefore don’t take that mark. You will have a very difficult time surviving, and probably won’t, but you will save your soul. Again, don’t take the mark on your right hand or forehead.

GEOPHYSICAL


In the gospel of Matthew, chapter 24, Jesus spoke to his disciples and indicated to them that one of the signs of the time of the end of the world would be, “…as it were in the days of Noah so will the coming of the son of man be.” We read in Genesis that in the days of Noah “the earth was filled with violence.”. This speaks not only of the violence that men inflict on one another–war, civil wars, rape, brutality, murder, abortion, and other indiscriminate, random acts of violence, but the earth itself is also filled with violence. We see increasing earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, drought, lightning storms and unusual atmospheric phenomena. While all of these have existed in the past, over the last 50 years, the number and intensity of these conditions and the property damage associated with these natural catastrophes has increased. As the level of violence that the human species has inflicted on one another has increased, so has the violent reaction of the earth increased.

Signs of the Times


When Jesus’ disciples asked Him about the signs that would be a precursor to His coming and the end of the age His response, recorded in Matthew 24, was:

  • Wars and rumors of wars

  • Nation will rise against nation. It is very interesting to note that the Greek word that is translated as nation is “ethnos” which deals with ethnic background and race. Most of the wars and conflicts are wars among ethnic groups and tribes.

  • Kingdom will rise against kingdom

  • Famines

  • Earthquakes are like the early pangs of childbirth. As the time grows nearer and nearer to His coming, the frequency and intensity of these five signs will increase.

  • The followers of Jesus will be handed over to be persecuted and killed. This is happening with more frequency in the Muslim controlled nations in the Middle East, and in Africa where Black

  • Muslims are enslaving Black Christians.

  • Christians will be hated by all nations on account of His name. In many parts of the world, Christians are jailed and killed for their beliefs; in the United States those who are Christians are hated by the media and liberals, and are known by the code words “religious right.”

  • Many will fall away…that is, many who claimed to be Christians will recant their faith, and betray and hate Christians.

  • Many false prophets will arise and deceive many.

  • Due to excessive lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold.

  • The Rapture

 

This is an event that will not be hidden. The concept of the rapture has already been made known to the masses. It will be treated with ridicule, contempt and mockery by the world’s media, but God will see to it that it will be highly publicized before it occurs just so that those left behind might still come to their senses. It will occur in the open, and everybody left behind will know someone who was raptured.

It will happen suddenly, unexpectedly, and lightning fast–“in the twinkling of an eye,” as the Bible puts it. And there will be evidence all over the world that this event occurred. Some national leaders will disappear, celebrities in entertainment and professional sports will disappear, entire families will disappear, disbelieving spouses will see their mates vanish, children will disappear. Bank accounts, homes, cars, businesses and relationships will be left behind. The problem for the world’s leaders will be trying to convince people that it didn’t happen. Because if the world’s leaders admit that it did happen then, logically, everything Christians preached about Jesus Christ being the Son of God, the Savior, the Messiah, the Prince of Peace, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings and everything that Jesus preached and taught must be true. And if all of this is true, then the only logical response would be to fall on one’s knees before God in confession and repentance and absolute submission to every word of God (as revealed in the Bible). But all of this is diametrically opposed to the way of the world, which preaches freedom from the constraints of God’s word, perverse sex, materialism and the devaluation of human life. So, although the rapture will shock everybody and will be covered in the media and everybody left will be aware of someone who is gone, the leaders of the world will begin their great deception, trying to convince the population left behind that there was no rapture.

 

How is this going to be accomplished? Well, pretty easily because most of the people left behind are already in a state of deception. They have been deceived into believing that Jesus is not the Messiah; they have been deceived into believing that the word of God is not true; they have been deceived into living a lifestyle that only brings constant pain and suffering instead of the freedom and paradise that God offers. The world’s leaders will declare that there was no rapture, that a mass hysteria took place, and the news media will follow the party line. Then to make things easier, shortly after the rapture, one-fourth of the world’s population will be decimated due to wars, famine and plague. Those who were raptured will be counted among the dead.

After the Rapture


Shortly after the rapture, a seven-year period known in the Bible as the Great Tribulation will take place. It will begin with the signing of a peace agreement between Israel and her enemies and it will end with the physical return of Jesus Christ to set up His kingdom on earth. In between, will be seven years of terror for those on earth. The following events and trends will take place in that seven-year period:

 

A man will arise who will achieve victory after victory both in politics and in war(Rev 13:7). This man, who should be easily identified by his rapid rise and popularity, is your the anti-christ. Many people believe that this person must be Jewish. That is, in order for Jews to accept him as Messiah, only a Jew will suffice. This is not necessarily the case. The Bible does not specify that he is a Jew, and it does not specify nationality. Only God-fearing Jews will require a Jewish Messiah. The liberal, ungodly Jews who dominate Israel will be as lost when it comes to Biblical truth as the Gentiles of the world and will be deceived by his charisma, and more than likely, the desires of the world’s media. Currently the new nickname for the United States is the Great Satan. This may have some significance.

Violence will increase in all parts of the world, both nation against nation (ethnic wars) and domestically. Men will indiscriminately slay one another as peace will be removed from the earth (Rev 6:3-4).

  • There will be extreme inflation, poverty, and lack of food as one day’s wages will buy enough food for one day for one person (Rev 6:5-6).

  • In a very short period of time, one-quarter of the earth’s population will be killed due to wars, famine, pestilence and wild beasts. These wild beasts could very well be viruses, bacteria and other microbes. In late 1995, Time magazine ran a cover story on the rise of new infections and called microbes “malevolent little beasts” (Rev 6:7-8).

  • Many people will experience a religious conversion and become followers of Jesus Christ and most of these people will be hunted down and killed (Dan 7:21).

  • There will be a great earthquake, the sun will be blackened, the moon will turn red and all mountains and islands (which are underwater mountains) will be moved (Joel 2:30-32).

  • There will be a brief period of calm on the earth following this great earthquake which will give those who survive a false sense of security.

  • One-third of the earth, one-third of all of trees and all the green grass will be burned up due to a comet or meteor that hits the earth (Rev 8:7).

  • A meteor will hit the earth causing the sea to become like blood, killing one-third of all sea creatures and destroying one-third of all shipping (Rev 8:8-9).

  • A “star” named Wormwood will fall from the sky and poison one-third of all fresh water killing many people (Rev 8:10-11).

  • The sun, moon and stars will be darkened by one-third. The day and night will be reduced by one-third. There is some speculation that this means the rotation of the earth will be changed so that a day lasts only 16 hours instead of 24 hours (Rev 8:12).

  • Fearsome locust-like beings will be released from underground who only attack people who are not followers of Jesus Christ. These attacks will be very painful but last only 5 months (Rev 9:1-11).

  • An army of 200 million horse-like creatures will kill one-third of mankind (Rev 9:13-19).

  • Two men (known as witnesses, see item 7 below) of Jewish origin will preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ for 3 1/2 years and be killed at the midpoint of the 7 year tribulation. These two will be responsible for a 3 1/2 year world-wide drought and will be killed by the anti-christ (also known as the beast in the Bible).

  • People will be required to receive a mark on their right hand or forehead in order to buy and sell. Those who receive this mark will develop a loathsome and malignant sore on their bodies within a short period of time (Rev 13:13-18).

  • The oceans will chemically change and become like the blood of a dead man (congealed?) and everything in the sea will die (Rev 16:3).

  • The fresh waters will become like blood (Rev 16:4-7).

  • The sun will scorch the people on earth with fierce heat (Rev 16:8-9).

  • The throne of the anti-christ and his kingdom will become darkened (Rev 16:10-11).

  • The Euphrates river will dry up allowing the kings of the east to march westward (Rev 16:12).

  • The kings of the world will gather their armies together to battle God at Armageddon. There will be an earthquake so great that all of the mountains and islands will disappear. There will be hailstones weighing close to 100 pounds that will crush the armies that have gathered (Rev 16:17-22).

  • Shortly after this great earthquake, Jesus Christ will return with His army to claim the earth as His possession (Zech 14:3-5).

 

The Two Witnesses


These two men are God’s gift to the people of the earth who refused to submit to the lordship of Jesus Christ prior to the rapture, but who will recognize the error in their life and seek God knowing the terrible mistake they have made. These two men will proclaim the gospel and provide hope for those left behind. Their message is for the salvation of the soul. They will have no message as to how you can avoid the hell that life on earth has become, because there is no hope to avoid that tribulation. If you are left on earth, then your destiny is to suffer and more than likely die. But you still have the hope of salvation. Listen to what these two men are preaching and turn to God.

The Bible does not say who these two men are. Many speculate that they are Elijah and Enoch, two ancient prophets of God who never died. Regardless, they will be responsible for many of the natural catastrophes that will wreak havoc on the property and economy of the earth. They will have the power to prevent rain, and there will be a 3 1/2 year drought on earth until they die. They will turn water into blood and cause all kinds of plagues on earth and, in general, make life miserable for those who are living on earth. Also, they will be invincible, as many will try to kill them only to be killed by their own hands. Those who attempt to blow them up will themselves be blown up; those who attempt to shoot them will have their guns explode in their hands; those who attempt to poison them will be poisoned by their own efforts. Only the world dictator will be able to kill them and only when God allows it.

The purpose of all the misery that these two witnesses inflict on the earth dwellers is to turn people back to God in repentance. The misery will be so great that when the world dictator does finally kill these two, the world will rejoice in a Christmas-like celebration, giving gifts to one another. Three and one-half days after their death, they will be resurrected and, in full view of the entire population of the world, ascend to heaven at the command of God when He calls them to “Come up here.” Shortly after he kills the two witnesses, the world dictator will declare himself to be God. He is the anti-christ.

The 144,000 Jewish Witnesses


Shortly after the rapture, God will call His army of 144,000 Jewish believers into service to provide a voice of hope for Jews throughout the world. The best friends and most staunch supporters of Jews have always been true, believing Christians. It was this element of the world’s population that provided help and support for Israel and Jewish people. The rapture removed the Christian people from the earth and awakened the 144,000 to their purpose. These 144,000 preach to Jews worldwide that Jesus is the Messiah. These 144,000 will be spread out worldwide and more than likely go about in pairs, two by two, as Jesus instructed His disciples to do. It will be these 144,000 who will oppose Israel signing a peace treaty for protection; it will be the 144,000 who will identify the anti-christ for who he is; it will be the 144,000 who will warn Israel of the treachery of the anti-christ, and it will be the 144,000 who will lead the Jews worldwide to the hiding place prepared for them by God in the Judean desert. These 144,000 Jews are going to be strange people by normal standards: they will be celibate, very bold, fearless, spiritually strong and probably very much like John the Baptist. You can read more about the 144,000 witnesses in Revelation 14.

MoneyHard currency will become obsolete. This is no surprise, as banks and governments have been working to eliminate currency, coin money and paper transactions for decades. Currency and coin is expensive to produce, lends itself readily for drug trafficking and, with high tech equipment, is too easily counterfeited. Banks desire to eliminate the teller position as an expense item, and with the elimination of paper checks and currency, all financial transactions can be handled with a computer. The debit card will become the tool for all personal financial transactions. However, at some point after the rapture, probably right after the two witnesses are killed, everyone will be required to get a mark on their right hand or forehead in order to buy and sell. Do not, do not, do not under any circumstances participate by receiving this mark. All those who receive this mark known as “the mark of the beast” are doomed for eternity. By taking this mark you are swearing allegiance to the anti-christ. You may as well attempt to enjoy life as best you can because eternity for you will be hell. It is at this point that God will have separated His followers from Satan’s followers. Those who have taken the mark will persecute those without the mark. God will render judgment on those with the mark by inflicting them with a disgusting looking and very painful ulcer covering their bodies.

So how can a person without the mark survive and still buy and sell? Again, this will almost be impossible, but there will be people who are part of the anti-christ’s regime who don’t believe in the anti-christ; they are just “survivors” who pick the “winner” and seek to profit from that relationship. Therefore, save up for yourself gold; gold has always had value as money and always will, even in a cashless society. Identify one of these profiteers and seek to purchase food and living supplies from him. However, don’t ever disclose to him how much gold you have and where it is. You want to be more valuable to him as a dealer than as a bounty. By the way, you will have a price on your head for not taking the mark. Obviously you won’t be living an open life, as you will be in hiding somewhere at a remote location or in the forest on the outskirts of a large city. Your only goal will be to eat to live and hope to escape the militia hunting for you and those like you. Should you get caught, your fate will be either death or slavery.

If you receive this manual before the rapture and plan to be around after the rapture, then start storing up food and living supplies and put them into hiding in some remote and difficult to access area. You should include weaponry to defend yourself and medical supplies as part of your living supplies.

Safety Concerns


This era will be the most violent of times in the history of the world. Death, brutality and destruction will be part of everyday life. One of the defining characteristics of the last days following the rapture will be a lack of peace. There will be civil wars throughout the world: people will kill one another indiscriminately. Random acts of violence will fill people with fear. Car-jackings, home invasions, drive by shootings, and bombings will all increase with an intensity that will leave people with absolutely no sense of security.

In order to survive this time, you will need to remove yourself from society and live in a remote area that is difficult to access. Getting together with a group of like-minded people would provide additional support and safety.

As mentioned earlier, stock up on food, medicines, living supplies, weaponry and gold. You will need enough for 7 years. Don’t plan on being able to supplement your food with hunting and fishing because the stocks of wild animals and fish will have been depleted and destroyed by the 3 1/2 year worldwide drought and three successive meteor-like or comet-like objects that strike the earth sometime after the rapture. The 3 1/2 year drought is brought on by the two witnesses. The first object from outer space to strike the earth will destroy 1/3 of all trees and all the green grass on earth. The second object, more like a meteor, strikes the sea and destroys 1/3 of all sea creatures and 1/3 of all shipping. The third object turns 1/3 of all fresh water poisonous and kills many people. Needless to say, all of this will also seriously deplete the food supplies for the world’s population, causing food prices to skyrocket. Those people in the world who never before missed a meal or worried about food will become very familiar with hunger pangs and the feeling of going without food for long periods of time. This will be one of the causes of the increased violence as people become more self centered, short-tempered, and competitive for the food sources in short supply. As Jesus spoke to His disciples about these days, He said, “people will betray one another and hate one another…the love of many will grow cold.”

Health Concerns


Prior to the rapture, the world experienced an increase in health-related catastrophes, an increase in new infectious diseases and an increase in the return of diseases thought to have been eradicated or brought under control. The past few decades have brought on AIDS, EBOLA virus, flesh-eating bacteria, the return of tuberculosis, incurable gonorrhea, herpes and many other virtually incurable sexually transmitted diseases. After the rapture, things do not get better, as one quarter of the world’s population will die as the result of wars, famine and plague. Sometime after the two witnesses are murdered and after people are required to take the mark on the right hand or forehead, there will be a terrible plague causing a loathsome and malignant ulcer on the bodies of those who have taken the mark. This will be a very ugly and very painful sore that will make life miserable for those who have it.

In addition to all this, because of the poor economic situation worldwide and the 3 1/2 year drought that depletes the world’s supply of water, sanitation practices will deteriorate even in what were advanced nations in Europe and North America. With the short supply of water, there won’t be sufficient water for flushing toilets, taking baths, washing clothes and transporting wastewater to treatment facilities. This will result in the increase of typhus, cholera, salmonella and E.coli infections.

Therefore, since you have decided to reject Christ’s offer to join in the rapture, your concern is how to maintain good health in the post rapture era. You must build a supply of multiple vitamins with particular emphasis on anti-oxidants such as C and E and minerals. It will also be necessary to have a supply of disinfectants, particularly one that can be added to water to make it potable.

Above all, do not accept the mark of the beast on your right hand or forehead. If you do take the mark then nothing can be done for you. You will suffer the malignant ulcer making the rest of your life almost unbearable. Did you ever have a canker sore in your mouth? If so, then you know how painful that one little canker sore was. Now think of having canker sores all over your body, on your genitalia, in your mouth. Think how painful and unbearable your life will be. Then follow that misery with eternity in hell. Don’t take that mark.

 

Tribulation Chronicles

Tribulation Chronicles I: A Message from the Missing :: By Alice Childs

https://www.raptureready.com/2021/05/09/tribulation-chronicles-i-a-message-from-the-missing-by-alice-childs-2/

Editor’s Note: We’re reposting the Tribulation Chronicles series written a few years ago; getting the message out is more urgent than ever.

As I am beginning this series of Tribulation Chronicles, everything is going along pretty much as it always has. Life continues to slide along, spooling out — unwinding like thread pulled from a skein of yarn. People are still getting up and going to work; children are (as I write this in 2016) in the full swing of their school year, counting down the days until the Christmas break and preparing for the downhill slide of the school year. Some people are getting married and starting families; others are coming to the end of their lives. People are buying groceries, going on business trips, doing laundry, working on projects, paying bills, and simply doing the myriad of things that make up life in normal times.

However, with increasing frequency, “normal times” aren’t as “normal” as they used to be, are they? Our society is not as gentle as it once was. People are much more self-centered and callous. Children (and adults as well) are less respectful, a lot less kind than before; and our culture, indeed the entire world, is much less safe than it used to be. There is no denying this fact.

There is a palpable fear that is growing within the hearts of everyone everywhere. Regardless of where one lives, there is an indefinable “something” that permeates the very air — a sense of looming danger that is disturbing and disquieting — a sense of an impending disaster that lies just beyond what we can see. As Shakespeare once said, it is obvious to anyone who is honest that “something wicked this way comes.” Indeed, if you are honest, you too must admit that you can feel an ill wind of change headed our way.

Well, you are right; something is coming. A gathering storm is on the horizon, and when it hits, it will come suddenly; and for many who are too self-absorbed to notice, it will come unexpectedly. The repercussions that this cosmic change will leave in its wake will be cataclysmic beyond anyone’s ability to comprehend. It is those who will be in the aftermath of this “event horizon” that this series of “letters to the left behind” is meant to address.

Overall, for the time being, everything is still relatively ticking along like it always has, with the exception that the road of life on which we are traveling is a lot more bumpy and fraught with dangers both seen and unseen.

There are ominous events occurring now that are building like great thunderheads looming in the distance that are getting larger, stronger, and nearer — ever nearer. The fury of a great storm is about to be unleashed.

There is an imminent event that is going to break in upon an unprepared and largely unsuspecting world like the sudden explosion of a great caldera; an unforeseen disaster that will leave in its wake devastation on a scale unknown before; an event so unprecedented that there is no frame of reference within human history with which to compare it. When it comes, this event will, at any moment, change everything; and all that will come after this unprecedented moment will be the likes of which this world has never experienced before, or ever will again.

A change is coming all right, and for those of you reading these chronicles on this side of this event, take these words as a warning; for time and life as you have always known it is about to run out. This coming event can and will happen in an instant of time too small to be measured or quantified.

To those who will not heed the numerous warnings that have been literally shouted in every venue available by those of us who will have left this earth in this coming event; to those of you who didn’t listen to your family, your friends, or others like me who tried to tell you — to prepare you — those of us who pleaded with you, witnessed to you, endured your scoffing and anger when we tried to warn you; we who prayed and agonized before the throne of God on your behalf; it is to you, who will be the “left behind ones,” that this series of messages is written.

You wouldn’t listen before, but after the event has taken place, everything will change; and then, perhaps, you will at last be motivated to hear what the missing ones have to say. So I am going to write to you from the perspective of where you (will) find yourself post-event. In essence, these letters come to you as a series of messages from those of us who are now (will be) among the earth’s missing ones.

So, without delay, let me tell you now precisely what has (will have) happened. I will tell you where we have gone, who is among “the missing,” why we have been taken, and why you were not.

I will also leave for you in this series of chronicles a detailed accounting of what is coming in your very near future. What you do with the information that I and others like me will have left you will likely impact your personal safety. But much more importantly, what you choose to do with the information we will have left for you will determine the eternal destiny of your immortal soul.

As you may have guessed by now, this “event” that I am referring to is none other than the rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ — the “catching away” of every genuine believer (along with all babies, young children, and the mentally infirm or handicapped) who by faith alone, placed his/her trust in the atoning death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ–God the Son. This is the very same Jesus who came to Earth in human form in order to pay in full the sin debt owed by every single human being alive — all who are cursed by sin.

This entire world system — this entire global sphere — is slated for destruction because the wrath and vengeance of Almighty God is about to commence upon this wicked, vile, sin-loving, debauched, Christ-rejecting world. He is going to judge, in perfect righteousness, the inhabitants. He is about to exact justice on rebellious man and to restore to its intended perfection His creation which sin has utterly corrupted. Life as you have always known it will NEVER return. You need to understand and accept this truth right from the start.

 

That’s the bad news. You need to know this and accept it for the absolute reality that it is. Wishing it were not so, denying the reality of it, or ignoring the truth of it will not change the things that are coming, not one iota. It was your own refusal to accept the gift of God’s so great salvation which would have spared you this time of judgment. Your pride is why you now find yourself left behind here to have to endure this time of coming darkness and woe.

But do not be dismayed. There is yet HOPE. The Lord who is “rich in mercy” is still willing to save “all who will come to Him by faith.”

 

Even in the midst of the horrendous, oncoming judgments that God is about to mete out, He is willing, for a time, to extend His mercy and His saving grace, because God is love and He is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

 

You made a tragic choice by refusing His great salvation during the Church Age — the Age of Grace (the time when God was calling out of the world a people unto Himself — those whom He called His body and the bride of Christ). That “age” or era closed when the Church of Jesus Christ was raptured — snatched out — of this world; when each member of the true Church (both the living and the dead “in Christ”) was changed from our mortal, sin-corrupted bodies into new, immortal, glorified bodies and taken to the “Father’s House” in Heaven via this event the Bible calls the rapture (catching away) of the Church.

I will go into more detail regarding the rapture event in the next letter so that you will clearly know and understand the truth of what has happened. For as you will see, Satan, the Father of Lies, the “god” of this world system, has already prepared a LIE that is so audacious, so convincing, that only those who turn to Christ for salvation will not be taken in by it.

Once the Tribulation begins, the world will only have seven more years left under this fallen Luciferian system. These last seven years will be the most horrific, most devastating, most cataclysmic, most dark and violent time this world will have ever known in all of human history. Seven years — that’s it before King Jesus returns in righteousness to renovate and restore “Paradise Lost.”

Let me end this letter today with the most important thing – the only thing that now matters – that is the salvation of your immortal soul. For you see, the sobering truth is this: you will almost certainly lose your life during this final seven years. That is just the plain, unvarnished truth; and if you should die lost, continuing to reject God’s offer of salvation, then you will spend eternity in a literal, burning place known as the Lake of Fire. I cannot be any clearer or more truthful than that.

The reality is this: very few of the possibly five to six billion souls left here after the rapture will live to the end of this seven-year time of the Tribulation — very few. In fact, Jesus Himself said that if He did not return to bring a halt to this time (if He allowed it to run its course unimpeded), that no flesh (no living creature, including man) would be spared. This is how devastatingly horrific these last seven years will be.

So before we go any further in this series of messages to the left behind, let me make sure that you know how to come to salvation. Your physical life will likely end during this time; however, your soul is immortal. And you (the conscious, sentient core of you) will exist in complete consciousness in an immortal body forever — either in Heaven in a new glorified, immortal body or in Hell in an immortal body that can never die but can and will suffer agonal torment forever. Your final destination all depends on the choice you make right now.

None of us is guaranteed that we will live even the next five minutes. We are all merely one last heartbeat and one final breath away from eternity at any given moment. So please, if you are reading this missive and millions upon millions (perhaps billions) of people worldwide have instantly disappeared without a trace, then you have already made one tremendously poor choice. Please do not make another by refusing God’s offer of salvation again.

How to be Saved

(1) Why you need a Savior

You need a Savior because you are a sinner. “There is NONE righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). “For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

“For the wages [penalty] of sin is [eternal] death, but the gift of God is [eternal] life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

 

You see, we are not sinners because we commit sins; we commit sins because we are sinners. It’s what we are intrinsically. We are born sinners under the curse of sin; and as such, we need a Savior.

(2) What you must do to be saved

You must believe (place your faith and complete trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ alone.

You must believe that Jesus Christ is God who came to Earth wrapped in human flesh and that His death paid in full the wages (penalty) for all of mankind’s sins. You must believe in His sinless life, in His atoning death, in His burial and in His bodily resurrection from the tomb, according to the scriptures. This is the only gospel that saves: Salvation is by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I (the apostle Paul) also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

 

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9-10).

Please keep reading the chronicles, as in them I will give you details of all that is soon to be coming upon the earth. Take these messages to heart because post-rapture, once a “covenant” between Israel and “the many” is confirmed by a coming, charismatic world leader, then there will be only seven years left, and you are not guaranteed that you will live even the next seven minutes.

Until next time…

Tribulation Chronicles Part 2: The Lie:: By Alice Childs

https://www.raptureready.com/2021/05/13/tribulation-chronicles-part-2-the-lie-by-alice-childs/

If you are following these Tribulation Chronicles, it is apparent to you by now that an event unlike any other in history has just occurred. In fact, the magnitude and scope of what has just happened is so breathtakingly unprecedented that you cannot yet fathom just how profoundly your world has now been altered.

Of course, I am referring to the event I told you about in the last letter. That event was the rapture of the Church. I know that many, if not everyone, to some degree or other has at least heard of the rapture either through movies, books, YouTube, or whatever; but most likely what you know or THINK you know is a “Hollywood-ized” version that bears little, if any, resemblance to the truth.

In order to learn the truth, you are going to need to turn to the Bible – a book with which you most likely have had little to no acquaintance, or a nominal one at best. Perhaps you have never picked up a Bible. Either way, you need to find one now. In fact, you need to find as many as you can get your hands on because very soon, the Bible will most likely become a banned book, and after the rapture, merely to possess one will put your life in jeopardy.

So while you yet can, gather as many as you can find, and find a secure place to hide them. Do this as quickly as you can; for after the rapture has occurred, online sites such as this one will almost certainly be shut down sooner or later, made inaccessible fairly rapidly.

 

This site, in particular, was specifically created for the explicit purpose of having archived in one place a wealth of Biblical teaching for the sole purpose of giving you, the left-behind ones, the truth amidst all the lies you will be told about what has already happened, and about those things which are shortly to come to pass.

If possible, download and print out as much of the information and Bible studies published and archived here. Put them in a place of safekeeping along with as many King James Bibles (my own personal preference) as you can find. The language may seem a bit archaic to you at first, but because the Bible is God’s ‘living Word,’ God Himself will help you to understand what you read. If you trust the Lord and believe in Christ as your Savior, His Holy Spirit will open your understanding.

As I stated in the last letter, it is no longer your physical life that matters. You will almost certainly lose your physical life during these final seven years of human history under Satan’s usurpation of this world system. It is the destiny of your immortal soul that is the only thing that matters from here on out. As things begin to rapidly spiral out of control, very few are likely to live through these last seven years.

 

What matters most is not how you can prepare to live through this time, but rather are you prepared to die? Where will your conscious, sentient, immortal soul – the very essence of all that is you – end up after you die?

Now that I have told you of the first things you need to do, let me now tell you what you need to know. You need to be aware that there is an agenda that the global powers that be – those who operate a globalist world system under the power and authority of Satan (the Father of Lies and the avowed enemy of the Most High God) — are working towards fulfilling. I must give you warning that these rulers of darkness do not want the truth regarding the rapture to be known.

Once people realize that the Bible not only predicted this very event 2,000 years ago, many will soon realize that everything the Bible stated is truth, and truth is the one thing that Satan and all who follow him cannot abide or allow.

Satan has had millennia to perfect “the lie” that he will continue to perpetrate in order to continue to deceive and lure the rest of mankind into an eternal Hell. Why does he do this? Very simply, he does so because he hates God. Because God loved mankind enough to send Jesus, God the Son, to die in our stead to redeem fallen man. Satan hates man too. Satan hates you. You have been left behind because you believed his lies and rejected Christ during the era of grace that was the Church Age.

He has already deceived you once. Do not be deceived again.

So, what is “the lie” that Satan has always used but will perfect during these last seven years? Why, it’s the oldest lie in the universe, and it goes straight back to the Garden of Eden. The Lie is this: that man can become his own god within himself apart from the Creator God. It is the self-same lie that brought down creation when Adam and Eve believed it, and it is the self-same lie that is the rotted foundation upon which every single false religion is built – the lie that MAN can create his own reality apart from the eternally existent, all omnipotent Creator.

Satan will continue to use this lie (and the many variations of it) to bring in his ultimate deception.

Let me give you some examples of variations of the lie that he could likely use to explain away the disappearances of those who have been taken home to Glory. Be aware of these, and be on the lookout for any other “explanations” that cast GOD as the evil one and which cast Satan (Lucifer) as the good or benevolent “god.” Below, I will list the top six most likely (from my personal perspective) explanations that Satan may use to explain away our disappearance.

Possible Lie # 1 – That extraterrestrials (ET’s) have been monitoring our planet ever since man “evolved” and have stepped in to remove all those who were unwilling to join with the rest of the world’s religions, in order for “peace” to be achieved. Watch for catchphrases such as:

(A) Panspermia – the belief that this planet was seeded by visitors and beings from other galaxies and worlds; that humanity is the descendant of alien races.

(B) Ascended Masters – beings from other planets or dimensions who have “spiritually evolved” beyond humanity and who have evolved beyond the need of bodies of flesh – entities who claim to be pure consciousness and who have been guiding humanity throughout humanity’s spiritual and physical evolution into a higher form.

 

Possible Lie # 2 – That the earth itself is a living sentient being; that “Mother Earth” (sometimes referred to as the “goddess” Gaia) is now in the process of cleansing herself of all human entities who possess negative energies and who have been impeding her “rebirth.” The entire religion of ecology (which includes the entire climate change pseudoscience) is based on the belief that Earth is a living being with self-awareness and sentient intent.

 

Possible Lie #3 – That humanity has just taken a giant Gestalt, spiritual, evolutionary leap forward; that all those who were unprepared or less “spiritually enlightened” were removed to another dimension (or planet) until they could become more enlightened and spiritually attuned; that mankind has just moved beyond “homo-sapien” into “homo-noeticus,” and all those not ready to evolve had to be removed to “work out their karma” in another existence; that all the children were taken to another planet or dimension to protect them from the planetary changes that the earth is about to endure, to prepare them to be returned when Earth and the “more enlightened ones” who were left here after the “great vanishing” (or the great purge as they will likely call it) will have come through this transitional period.

 

Possible Lie # 4 – That all who were taken were merely random accidents or were possibly the targets of some new or super-secret weapon.

 

Possible Lie #5 – That there was an accident with CERN and that those missing were pulled into some alternate universe or alternate dimension, or possibly that this is all the result of some giant Mandela Effect involving a rip in the space-time continuum, an accident involving the transfer of the missing ones into another parallel multiverse, or some such thing.

 

Possible Lie # 6 – that the rapture was an elaborate HOAX – a false flag event carried out by the governments of the world via something like Project Blue Beam – that the rapture never actually happened but was made to appear real, and all of the missing ones have been either incarcerated inside FEMA camps here in the United States and other prison camps worldwide, or perhaps the missing have been taken into some kind of protective custody.

These are but a few of the possible explanations that may be used by the globalists – the New World Order elites, who will, under Satan’s guidance, be running the show in this New World Order. The most important thing for you to know is this: all of these explanations, along with any others the ruling elite may put forward, will be a LIE.

The truth is simple and direct. What will have really happened to us is this: all genuine believers in Jesus Christ – those who were part of His Church – were taken to Heaven by Jesus Christ Himself. We are now with Him in Heaven in the Father’s House. This is the truth.

 

Be alert. The Bible says that all who do not come to faith in Christ during these last seven years will be brought under a strong delusion and will believe “the lie.”

I implore you, before you go any further: ADMIT that you are a justly condemned sinner in need of a perfect Savior. BELIEVE (place your faith and trust) in the truth that Jesus – God the Son – died on the cross as payment for your sins and mine – that He rose again bodily on the third day. Accept this truth and believe that Christ Jesus is the only way of obtaining eternal life.

I beg you, do this before it is too late, for as you will learn from the next chronicle, what is coming next is nothing less than World War III, and it will be DEVASTATING beyond your wildest imaginings.

Tribulation Chronicles Part 3: War, Famine, Death & Hell :: By Alice Childs

https://www.raptureready.com/2021/05/20/tribulation-chronicles-part-3-war-famine-death-hell-by-alice-childs/

 

Who Will Be Left Behind?

In my last letter, I warned you to be aware of any variation on “the lie” that will be put forth to try to explain away the disappearances of what could conceivably be upwards of one billion people worldwide. This includes pre- and post-born babies, all young children, and all those who are mentally incompetent and unable to comprehend their sin guilt, thus their need of a Savior.

“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

All of us are guilty sinners; however, the people groups who are not held accountable for their sin because of their inability to understand their sin guilt are covered by God’s grace, since one must be able to understand one’s guilt before a holy God and one’s need of a Savior. Only God knows the age of accountability, depending on each individual’s understanding. And only He knows those who, for whatever reason, do not have the mental capacity to understand and appreciate the sinful guilt under which we are all born and which infects us all since Adam’s rebellion.

Only God knows the exact number of those who will have been taken in the rapture, but what you must know is this: all of the taken ones were either among the first group I mentioned — guilty sinners but safe because of their inability to be accountable, or those who are guilty sinners but saved (made justified before God) because they believed in Christ alone for salvation according to the scriptures.

 

Those who are a part of the second group consist of all adults (young and old) and all older children who came to an understanding of sin and salvation – all who had at some prior time placed their belief, their faith and trust in the sinless life, crucified and atoning death, and bodily resurrection of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Each and every older child and adult taken via the rapture were genuine believers in Christ, and as such, were a part of His true Church.

There will be many left behind who may have claimed to be part of this or that church or religion, and there will be many so-called “pastors” or other “religious leaders” who will be among the “left-behind ones,” but you must know this: all who were left behind, regardless of who they are, were never genuine believers in the first place; for had they been, then they too would have been taken in the rapture when Jesus called to Heaven His Church (both the living believers and those who had died “in Christ”).

 

You have now been made fully aware of these things:

  1. WHO has been taken: the safe and the saved – all those whom the Bible describes as being “in Christ” (both the living and the dead who died “in Christ”).

  2. WHAT has happened: the resurrection of all the “dead in Christ” – believers who have died from Jesus’ resurrection up through the day of the rapture, along with all living believers alive and instantaneously changed from mortal to immortal at the instant the rapture occurred.

  3. WHERE THE TAKEN ONES ARE NOW: in Heaven in the Father’s House with the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Now that you understand the truth of who was taken and the why regarding those of you who were not taken, let me move on to explain to you exactly what you need to know regarding that which will now begin to take place for those of you left here on Earth.

 

Again, I repeat, it is no longer your physical life that matters. You will almost certainly not live through these last seven years. That is the plain, unvarnished truth. You need to come to terms with this and accept it. All that matters now is where your immortal soul will spend eternity after the death of your physical body.

These last seven years will be divided into two halves of 3 ½ years each. The first 3 ½ years will be horrific. The last 3 ½ years will be unprecedented and will make the first half pale in comparison. The entirety of this seven-year time period is usually referred to as “The Tribulation”; however, the latter half was designated by Jesus Himself as being “GREAT tribulation.” In fact, Jesus stated that if He personally did not return to intervene, then no flesh (no living thing) would be left alive. Very sobering words.

For now, let’s look at the first 3 ½ years of what you, who have been left behind, are going to have to endure according to God’s Word.

 

Keep this truth front and center in your mind and heart, though: Jesus loves you. He shed His blood for you just as He did for all sinners. He wants you to be with Him for all eternity. Even in the midst of His terrible judgment coming upon this wicked world, God is continuing to extend His mercy and grace to you – to all who will come to Him by faith – even during this awful time of the Tribulation.

 

“For God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

Everything that is waiting for believers in our eternal Home is beyond our ability to comprehend in our fallen, sinful state. Those of you who become Tribulation believers will receive your new and glorified bodies at the end of these last seven years. Therefore, upon any Tribulation believer’s death, his/her spirit will go immediately to Heaven to await their new and glorified, immortal bodies.

So, again I tell you, do not fear what will happen to your physical body. It only houses your immortal soul, and God has reserved for you a brand new body just like the ones we of the Church Age, post-rapture, now have – an immortal body that will never hunger, never grow old, never tire, and which can never be hurt again.

Those of you who become believers during these last seven years are called Tribulation saints. You are the “saints” referred to in chapters 6-19 of Revelation. If you remain faithful “even unto death,” all of Heaven awaits you once your soul leaves your body. Be encouraged and remain faithful to Jesus no matter what.

What is coming upon Earth is this: There will arise from somewhere within the confines of what was once the Old Roman Empire, a man of unusual charisma, superb military cunning, and unequaled, political brilliance. This man will come via peaceful means (or what will appear to be peaceful means). Most likely, this man will appear on the scene after two events that I will mention only in passing here but will detail in a later chronicle. These two precursor events to this man’s appearance on the global scene will be:

 

(1) the complete, overnight destruction of the city of Damascus (Isaiah 17).

(2) the invasion of Israel by a coalition of nations led by Russia (named Magog in the Bible), Iran (called Persia in the Bible), and Turkey (called Togarmah in the Bible) along with a few other countries such as Libya (Put) and Sudan.

 

You can read about this invasion in the Old Testament book of Ezekiel, chapters 38-39. This invasion will most likely not be WWIII but will eventually trigger what will become WWIII. The main aftermath of this Russian-led invasion will be the utter destruction of the Russian-led coalition and the rise to power of this new charismatic world leader about whom I will now tell you.

As a result of the destruction of this Russo/Iranian/Turkish-led invasion of Israel (which God Himself will destroy on the mountains of Israel), this new global leader will “confirm a covenant with many” between Israel and those surrounding her. (See the Old Testament book of Daniel in chapter 9, verse 27.)

Watch out for this man and for this event. I cannot give you the name of this man because none of us on this side of the rapture know who he will be. You, however, will be able to identify him because it will be he who will “confirm” a covenant between Israel and many others. His brokered arrangement will allow Israel to rebuild her Temple on its ancient site. The man who accomplishes these things will be the Antichrist.

His negotiating skills will be astounding and his rhetoric powerful (reminiscent of the oratorical skills of Adolph Hitler, but much more powerful and persuasive). He will use craft and deception to attain his goals. This man will accomplish what no other global leader will have ever been able to do; he will bring what appears to be “peace” to the seething cauldron that is the Middle East through this “Peace Initiative.”

He “confirms” this “covenant” with “many” for seven years (what the Old Testament book of Daniel chapter 9 calls a “week” of years, i.e., seven years). It is the confirmation of this covenant (not the rapture) that will be the event that begins the final seven-year countdown. All events count down from this one event.

Either simultaneously or not long afterward, war will erupt. This war will be a global conflict, and its aftermath will be horrendous. Keep your eyes on Israel, for she is the key to everything that will happen.

The conflicts recorded in Isaiah 17 and Ezekiel 38 will take place very soon, possibly before the rapture occurs, but most probably just after or simultaneously with the rapture. But this I cannot say with certainty.

The overarching events taking place during this first half of the last seven years are these:

(1) Damascus will be utterly destroyed (Isaiah 17).

(2) A Russian/Iranian/Turkish-led coalition will invade the land of Israel on the Golan Heights (Ezekiel 38-39).

 

(3) Somewhere around this time, either just before, during, or simultaneously with the destruction of Damascus, Syria and/or the Russian led-invasion of Israel, the rapture will occur (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-17; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54; Revelation 3:10 & 4:1).

 

(4) A charismatic leader will arise and will confirm a covenant with Israel. This covenant confirmation will begin the countdown to the last seven years.

 

(5) A global war will begin, WWIII if you want to call it that. It will be massive in scale and devastating in its consequences.

 

(6) In the wake of this global war, famine on a global scale will quickly ensue. No country will be spared.

 

(7) The death toll from this war and its aftermath will be staggering. Diseases and pestilences will be especially overwhelming: pathogens such as typhus, cholera, along with all manner of both known and new and unknown diseases will run rampant and unchecked. They will be pandemic (global instead of regional) in scope and severity.

 

(8) On the heels of this will be attacks by both wild and domesticated animals who, as a result of the severity of this war and its aftermath, will also be starving. All manner of animals, both wild and domesticated, will have lost all fear of man and will attack, both alone and in packs.

 

(9) In addition to all of this, there will be unprecedentedly strong and frequent earthquakes, much stronger than any heretofore experienced. These quakes will occur all over the earth, along with increasing volcanic activity and ensuing tsunamis spawned from them, as the very earth itself is rocked on its foundations with the ferocity of the armed conflicts that most likely will involve nuclear events.

 

(10) Murder and unrestrained violence will become the norm, even as this coldness of heart is beginning now. Unprecedented violence and brutality will be loosed on a global scale never known before. Very little law and order will be left intact anywhere in the world. Love and natural affection among people, including family members, will continue to erode to the point of non-existence.

 

(11) Those who do become believers during this time will be hated, hunted, and executed en masse because of their faith. The overwhelming majority of people left behind will be God-haters, who hate and despise all those who follow Christ. Murder and violence will be exponentially greater than it is right now as I write this pre-rapture.

Just how great will the death toll be from war, famine, pandemic diseases, murder, animal attacks, earthquakes, and a world gone mad?

 

The world’s population, as I write this pre-rapture, stands at 7.4 billion people (according to the World Population Clock as calculated in August 2016). Estimating conservatively that roughly one billion or so worldwide leave in the rapture, this will leave around six billion people after the Church is gone. One fourth of those will die during the first half of the Tribulation. That equals 1-1½ billion people. (Read chapter 6 of Revelation up through the 5th “seal judgment,” and on to the 2nd of the three “woes.” These passages chronicle the 1st half of the Tribulation.)

This number is merely a drop in the bucket compared to those who will die during the last 3 ½ years.

Please, do not make the grave mistake of thinking that you will be safe because you live in America, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or any one of the more modern or “first world” countries. Every single nation on every single continent will be affected by these trans-global catastrophes. It may very well be that America, which was once a God-fearing and blessed nation, will suffer the most loss of life as a judgment for the vast amounts of every conceivable sin that this nation has embraced and eagerly committed in these last days in the sight of Almighty God.

Do not think for one second that God will not avenge the blood of the 60 million babies who have been slaughtered within the wombs of their mothers; or the millions of children and mentally handicapped individuals who have been abandoned, neglected, abused, tortured, molested, brainwashed, and thrown aside like garbage; or the myriads of women and children worldwide who have been abducted and sold as sex slaves; or the plethora of sexual perversions including homosexuality, pedophilia, and even bestiality that have been openly embraced flaunted, celebrated, and forced upon society; along with thousands upon thousands of wanton murders, thefts, deceptions, lies, rampant drug abuse, unmitigated narcissism, and the utter and absolute vileness and outright evil that has been flaunted in defiance and contempt in the face of Almighty God and those who belong to Him.

I implore you – come to the only one who can save your immortal soul. Place your complete faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation. Accept that you are a justly condemned sinner. Believe that Jesus Christ is God come to Earth in human flesh and that He lived a perfect, sinless life which qualified Him alone to offer His life up in our place to satisfy God’s infinite justice. Believe that Jesus’ death on the cross atoned for/paid in full man’s sin debt, that He was buried, and that He arose bodily from the grave on the third day so that all who are willing to call upon the name of the Lord might be saved (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

Do this before it is eternally too late. Once your last breath is taken and your last heartbeat is stilled, then your eternal destiny is forever set; and if you should die in your sins, you will spend all eternity in a literal place called the Lake of Fire—forever separated from God in eternal torment. Remember, you do not have to go there. The choice is yours to make.

Keep reading. In the next chronicle, I will tell you of the importance that tiny Israel and her people, the Jews, will play and of the most dreadful time that is still to come.

Tribulation Chronicles Part 4: Israel is the Key :: by Alice Childs

https://www.raptureready.com/2021/05/30/tribulation-chronicles-part-4-israel-is-the-key-by-alice-childs/

Jewish Tribulation – Israel is the Key

Before I begin this next letter, let me take a moment to explain something to you, Dear Reader. As you progress through this series, you will notice that some of the information from one letter will be stated again in some way in successive letters. I am writing this series of chronicles in this manner on purpose.

First of all, every bit of information contained within these missives is vital for you to know. If you (or anyone else) are not familiar with the Bible or with biblical prophecy (as you are most likely not since you were left behind), then re-reading the truths contained within each letter will help solidify these truths in your heart.

Second and most importantly, though, the main reason that these letters will carry some redundancies is this: although the entire series has been written to be read as a cohesive whole, it is entirely possible, even probable, that the entire series may not be available to you. In fact, it’s likely that only some portions of this series of letters may be available at any given time because of the great upheavals that will be occurring. Therefore, I have deliberately chosen to put as much pertinent information as possible into each individual letter just in case the entire series is unavailable for any reason. I want each letter to contain as much information as possible for just this reason.

 

If you are able, try to keep the entire series together (I strongly urge you to print them out in hard copy or put them onto flash drives if you have the ability to do so) as I have attempted to write this series in chronological order of coming events. However, if having the entire series together is not feasible for any reason, perhaps there will be enough information and Bible passages given in each individual letter to give you a starting point so that you can readily know where in the Bible to look for what you will most certainly need to know.

With that said, in the previous chronicle, I did my best to try to explain to you just how perilous things will be here on Earth after the great vanishing will have occurred – that is after the Church will have been taken out in what is most assuredly the rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ.

Remember I told you that, according to the scriptures, this period of time – the last seven years of human history under fallen creation – will be divided into two halves: the first 3 ½ years, and the last 3 ½ years, with the ending of those last years culminating in the literal, physical return to Earth of Jesus Christ, who will be returning as the conquering King of Creation.

Upon His physical return to Earth, Lord Jesus will do several things:

(1) He will rescue the remnant of the Jewish people (one third of them will finally believe in Jesus Christ as their true Messiah, and will be kept alive throughout these seven years (Zechariah 13:8-9). ALL – every single one of these one-third believing Jewish remnant will have finally come to recognize Jesus Christ as having been their true Messiah all along. At that time, the now-believing remnant of Jews will cry out to their Messiah Jesus to rescue them. Their Messiah King will hear their cry and will respond to rescue, save and preserve them from annihilation.

Sadly, two thirds of the remaining Jews will continue to refuse and reject their true Messiah and will die as a result of their continued rebellion. At the midpoint of these last seven years, the believing remnant of Jews will be hidden away, most probably in the ancient rock city of Petra in Jordan, somewhere near Bozrah (Isaiah 63; Revelation 19:11-16). There they will be protected until Jesus returns to physically rescue them.

(2) At His return, King Jesus will utterly destroy the armies of the Antichrist and all others who have rebelled against Him (Revelation 19:17-21).

(3) At the time of His return, King Jesus will send His holy angels out into the world to gather and bring to Jerusalem, from all over the earth, the relatively few living people left (both Jew and Gentile), who will have managed to survive to the end of the Tribulation. There in Jerusalem, the conquering King of Glory will separate all those who remain alive – the believers from the unbelievers.

Those who are believers – those left alive from among the Gentile nations who remained faithful to Christ will not have taken the “mark of the Beast.” They will aid and protect any Jewish person – particularly one of the 144,000 Jewish young men who were sealed by God to act as His missionaries during this time (whom Jesus called “My (His) brethren”). These Gentiles will demonstrate their love and devotion to Christ by protecting, preserving, and defending the Jews, and (along with the surviving one third of the now-believing Jews) will be allowed to enter into Christ’s new earthly Kingdom alive and in their mortal bodies (Matthew 24-25).

All those left alive who rebelled against Christ by accepting, worshiping, and following the Antichrist – all those who accepted the Antichrist’s “mark” – these lost, marked, rebellious ones will be judged and cast immediately into Sheol/Hades to await their final judgment at the Great White Throne, after which they will all be consigned for all eternity to the Lake which forever burns with fire.

This separating out of believers from unbelievers is what is referred to in Matthew chapters 24 – 25 as the judgment of the “sheep” and the “goats.” This judgment is not, I repeat, not a judgment of the Church at all since the Church will have already been in Heaven with Christ before the Tribulation began and will have already returned with Him when He returns to put an end to this final seven years. No, this judgment is rather the separating out of all Tribulation survivors, the believers from the unbelievers, in preparation for entering Christ’s Millennial Kingdom.

This “sheep and goat” judgment takes place on Earth just prior to the beginning of the Kingdom Age. Only redeemed believers in Christ, both Jew and Gentile, will be allowed to enter the earthly Kingdom of the Lord, King Jesus.

This believing remnant of humanity (consisting of both believing Jews and Gentiles) will enter the Kingdom still in their mortal bodies along with those who are also now immortals, which includes the glorified Church, all of the Old Testament Saints (such as Abraham, Daniel, David, Moses, etc.) and all Tribulation Saints who died during the Tribulation, both sets of whom will have by then received their Immortal and glorified bodies just like the Church-Age Saints. Thus, the Kingdom will begin with both mortals and immortals as inhabitants of Jesus’ new Kingdom on Earth.

(4) He will renovate and restore the earth to its original, pristine condition, just as it was in Eden before the fall of man.

(5) He will establish His Kingdom on Earth where He will rule as absolute Monarch from His throne that He will establish in Jerusalem, Israel. This earthly Kingdom will last for 1,000 literal years, after which He will create an entirely new heavens and Earth. He will then abolish Time itself, change every living, believing mortal at the end of the Kingdom Age from mortal to immortal, and every believer of every age will forever after exist in immortal, glorified bodies in eternity – in what will be an “eternal now” with God forever.

But before Jesus returns, He will bring judgment upon this wicked world. He will use these last seven years to exact vengeance and holy justice upon all wicked and sinful mankind, who have shaken their collective fist in His face and who have embraced and reveled in their rebellion, debauchery, and sin. In essence, what Jesus Christ will do is cleanse Earth and restore Paradise lost.

As I told you before, the first 3 ½ years will be cataclysmic. One quarter (1/4) of Earth’s inhabitants will die from what in essence will be WWIII and all that ensues from it, along with unprecedented natural disasters both terrestrial and celestial in nature.

The aftermath of that will be famine on a global scale; rampant, pandemic diseases and pestilences will kill millions upon millions; animals on the brink of starvation will turn on humanity; and violence, treachery, and murder will become the norm.

This final seven-year period will begin benignly enough with the “confirmation of a covenant” made between a charismatic global leader and Israel. (Read the Old Testament book of Daniel, chapter 9, to learn about these last seven years).

The confirmation of this covenant will be the starting point of these last seven years of human history as we know it. Also, remember that I told you to watch closely the movements of a coalition (which is actually forming and strengthening as I am revising this series now in late autumn of 2017) involving Russia, Iran and Turkey as the principal leading forces, called in the Bible by their ancient names of Magog, Persia and Togarmah. This coalition of nations, along with others such as Libya and Sudan, will attack Israel; but it will be God Himself who will intervene on Israel’s behalf and save her from what would otherwise be certain annihilation.

As I am writing this, the precise timing of this attack is still being debated among Bible students. Most Bible students (including this writer) believe that this concerted attack upon Israel will most likely occur either just after the rapture or possibly simultaneously with it and will likely be the first thing that will happen post-rapture. You, of course, will know precisely.

Look for this coming covenant to come about as a result of this battle waged on the mountains of Israel. The Old Testament book of Ezekiel, chapters 38 & 39, recounts this battle using the ancient names for these modern countries. For example: Magog/Rosh is Russia, Persia is Iran, Togarmah is Turkey, etc.

What you need to know is this: the tiny nation of Israel is the key to everything. It is through this final seven years of this fallen world order that God is working to prepare the land of Israel and a remnant of the Jewish people in order to fulfill to them the remainder of the covenant that He made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their posterity (see Genesis 15:18; Daniel 9).

Watch the tiny nation of Israel very closely. Not long after the covenant between Israel and the other nations is confirmed, there will be two mysterious men who will arrive in Jerusalem from seemingly nowhere. As I write this pre-rapture, I cannot be certain of their identities; however, there is a greater than good chance that one of them will be the Old Testament Prophet Elijah, and the other possibly the Old Testament Prophet Moses, whom God will have returned to life and to Earth for just this purpose (if indeed they are ever identified at all). At the time of this writing, it is impossible for us to know who they will be. You will be able to recognize them, though.

Whoever they are, and whatever their names turn out to be, they will be very easily identified because they will be two emissaries from God. They will be strong men with great supernatural power given to them directly from God. Their mission will be to open the eyes of Israel regarding Israel’s true Messiah, Jesus Christ, whom Israel collectively has continually rejected (Revelation chapter 11).

It is through the ministry of these two emissaries of God that God will save, seal, and eventually send out into the world 144,000 young, Jewish male virgins – 12,000 from the descendants of each of Israel’s twelve ancient tribes.

These young men will be saved, called and sealed by God. They will be witnesses to Israel and will also be sent forth into every nation on Earth to preach the gospel of salvation and the soon-coming Kingdom.

The result of those saved because of their ministry will be incalculable. They will reap the greatest harvest of souls saved that will have ever been in history. They will fulfill Christ’s “Great Commission” to “go into all the world and preach the gospel.” Their salvation and calling will come as a direct result of the preaching and prophesying of these two mysteriously powerful “witnesses” of God. You can read about these 144,000Jewish evangelists in Revelation chapters 7 & 14.

These two men (the two witnesses) will be bold, unrelenting, powerful and utterly unstoppable for the first 3 ½ years. The man, who is the Antichrist, will hate them with a supernatural hatred, and they will be a thorn in his side for the entire first half of this seven-year period. As a direct result of their ministry, MANY, MANY Jews will finally come to believe in and accept Jesus as their Messiah and Savior. These two men, as I said, will have supernatural powers and will be able to call down fire from Heaven on anyone who tries to do them harm. They will be supernaturally protected by God for the first 3 ½ years.

At the very midpoint of these last seven years, God will allow these two men to be killed. Their dead bodies will not be buried but will lie in the streets of Jerusalem, where ALL of the unsaved people will be able to view their dead bodies. The world will actually party over their deaths. This partying will go on for 3 ½ days when God will suddenly raise these two men back to life in full view of the entire world via satellite TV, the Internet, YouTube, etc., or by cell phones. Three and one-half days after they are killed, God will resurrect their bodies and take them up into Heaven in full view of the world as further testimony to God’s power, authenticating that God is indeed in full control of everything.

At the midpoint of these seven years, events from this point on will get far worse than is even possible to fully describe. You will now be entering the period Jesus Himself referred to as “Great Tribulation.”

As horrific as the first half has been, this last half will be exponentially, exceedingly worse. There will be torment, death, and cataclysmic judgment unleashed on an unimaginable scale. If you will have somehow survived thus far, your odds of survival to the end will drop to almost nil. If you become a believer, you will be ruthlessly hunted down, and your survival will be even less likely.

As I keep telling you, the chances that you will live to the end are extremely small, and if you should physically survive but have still refused salvation – that is, if you take the Antichrist’s “mark” in your right hand or in your forehead – then you will absolutely and certainly be cast into Hell anyway. For to take that mark (whatever it turns out to be) will seal your fate in Hell for all eternity.

You are entering a time unprecedented in human history. Supernatural occurrences and events will become the norm from now on. You will see and witness things that no one in history has ever seen. Do not forget that during just the first half of these last seven years, these things will happen in rapid succession:

(1) A powerful global leader who will be the Antichrist (although he will at first seem like a savior) will use peace as his rallying cry, and by peace will destroy many.

(2) War on a global scale will break out, which will most likely involve multiple nuclear events.

(3) Global famine will ensue as a result of this war. Murder, violence, diseases, and pestilence will increase exponentially. (Read the New Testament book of Revelation, chapter 6 up through the opening of the 5th seal to find out what will happen during this first 3 ½ years after the signing of the covenant).

Again, I urge you, come to Christ while you still can. You have no guarantee that you will survive the next seven minutes, let alone the next seven years.

Keep reading, for you need to know what is to come in the last half of these years if you should be granted the chance to live through them.

Tribulation Chronicles Part 5: A Brief Pause :: By Alice Childs

https://www.raptureready.com/2021/06/06/tribulation-chronicles-part-5-a-brief-pause-by-alice-childs/

A Brief Pause to Introduce You…

If you are still here and have so far managed to survive to continue reading these letters, then you will know that in the loose chronology of coming events that I’ve been relating, where I left off was giving to you a very broad, generalized overview of events that are recorded in Revelation chapter 6 through the opening of the 5th “seal judgment” thus far.

As I’ve already told you, there will be emerging onto the global scene (perhaps remaining behind the scenes for a while) a man who will “confirm a covenant” between Israel and “many” others. Remember, I told you that this man will come onto the world scene using “peace” as his platform. As a result, he will be able to do that which hasn’t been done as yet – that is to bring about a “peace” that will allow for the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple.

I’ve told you that these final 7 years will be divided into two halves of 3 1/2 years and that the first half will:

(1) bring the rise of this global leader to power. This man will be THE Antichrist.

(2) thrust the tiny nation of Israel into the very center stage of end-time events.

 

(3) see the world, on a global scale, suffer catastrophic upheaval from the aftermath of the “great vanishing,” which is the rapture of the Church.

 

(4) eventually bring about a global war that will cause widespread destruction, from which will ensue famine on a global scale, after which will follow:

 

(5) pandemic diseases and widespread death from an exponential increase in violence, rape, murder and animal attacks.

 

(6) see the arising from Jerusalem of two men who will be special emissaries sent directly by God (the Bible calls them God’s “two witnesses”). They are also metaphorically called the two “olive trees” of God. These “two witnesses,” as the Bible calls them, will bear powerful testimony to the Jews of the Most High God and His Son, Jesus Christ, who is and always has been Israel’s Messiah. These men will be given supernatural powers from God as well as protection for a period of time. Their ministry will last for exactly 3 1/2 years, or the first half of the 7-year Tribulation period. Their preaching and proclamation of Jesus Christ as Israel’s true Messiah will bring MANY Jews to belief in Jesus Christ as their Savior and long-awaited Messiah.

The testimony and impact of these two supernaturally anointed men will have global repercussions. It will result in the reaching of and bringing to salvation millions upon millions of people from every kindred, nation, tribe and tongue. The 144,000 Jewish virgins, who will be saved and sealed, will be the “first fruits” of the two “witnesses,” and from there, the number of converts will multiply into all the world.

Remember too, I told you that at the very midpoint of the last 7 years, God will allow the AC (Antichrist) to kill these two men; their dead bodies will lie unburied in the streets of Jerusalem, where the entire world of unbelievers will see and celebrate their deaths via satellite TV and social media. Then, 3 1/2 days later, God will resurrect these two men. He will, in full view of the entire world, “catch them away” back up into Heaven.

All of this takes place during the first half of the last seven years of human history under a fallen creation.

What I want to do now is to give a recap of those who will be the major players during these last 7 years. As you study the book of Revelation and as you live through it (for as long as the Lord allows you to live), you will meet these men in the pages of Revelation. As time goes on, you will recognize them in the reality in which you now live. The impact they will have will be enormous. Some will become great servants of God working on behalf of the coming Kingdom of God. Others will be unholy and will bring chaos, death, destruction and the wrath of God down upon all of the “Earth dwellers,” as the Bible calls those who continue to willfully reject God – those who willfully choose to follow and to worship these enemies of Almighty God.

So, who belongs to this end-times cast of characters? We meet the first group of them in Revelation chapter 7. In verse 4, you will be introduced to a group of men whose impact for God within these last 7 years will be incalculable. They are men, and they are all Jews. These men come to salvation in Christ most probably as a result of the powerful witness of God’s two emissaries. The distinguishing characteristics of this group are their number and their ethnicity. The Word of God is very precise, exact, and specific in identifying this group and their calling. Here is the listing of end-times groups and people of whom you need to be aware and prepared:

 

#1 – The Two Witnesses: possibly the Old Testament prophets of Moses and Elijah (although they are never named in Revelation, so we can only speculate on their identities). You will, however, easily recognize them by their singular appearances and supernatural abilities when they appear in Jerusalem, Israel, after the rapture of the Church. (Read about these two extraordinary men in Revelation chapter 11).

#2 – The 144,000: These are all men – all Jews – all virgins, and there are 144,000 of them in number. God has (will have) sealed these men for His service, 12,000 from each of the 12 ancient tribes of Israel, as listed in Revelation 7. God will seal in their foreheads some type of mark that will identify each one of these 144,000 Jewish male virgins as belonging to Him.

God will use this group of Jews to do that for which He had set the nation of Israel aside to do from the beginning. These men will finally fulfill the mission that Israel herself failed in doing. They will go out into the entire world as God’s missionary emissaries. It is by their testimonies and preaching that the greatest evangelical effort of all time will result in the greatest number of converts to salvation in Jesus Christ that has ever been. Perhaps you yourself will be won to Christ as a direct or indirect result of the testimony of these 144,000 Jewish end-days evangelists.

These men will be supernaturally protected by God from the horrors of the judgments that He will be bringing upon the earth, for they will be His missionaries who will proclaim the way of salvation to those left behind after the Church has been removed.

 

Be very careful how you treat these men. Jesus, in speaking about this 7-year time period (in Matthew 24–25), calls these men “MY brethren.” To those who look after, harbor, give refuge and aid to these Jews, Jesus will liken your treatment of them as if you were doing the same to Him. In other words, Jesus identifies with these men; and whoever helps or mistreats them, it will be for them as if it were Jesus Himself in their place.

#3 – The Antichrist: You have already been introduced to the man who is the Antichrist. As you remember, I told you, according to the scriptures, that it will be he who “confirms a covenant” between Israel and “many” other countries. That “confirmation of a covenant” is what lets you know this man’s true identity and purpose. I will tell you more about this man, Lord willing, in coming chronicles.

 

#4 – The False Prophet: There is yet one more person of whom you need to be made aware. This man is (will be) a renowned religious leader who will bring together, under his leadership, a merging of all the world’s religions – an “ecumenical uniting of all “religions.”

This man will be satanically inspired and controlled, but he, like the AC in the beginning, will give the appearance of being a humble “man of peace” as well. He will appear as a great uniter of “faiths.” He will come across as having the meekness of a lamb, but will in truth, have the heart and ruthlessness of a “dragon.” He will be utterly consumed by and be a worshiper of Satan himself.

This “religious leader” will be allowed by God to be granted from Satan great power, along with abilities to perform dark, supernatural acts. This religious leader will align himself with the Antichrist; it will be he (this global religious leader) who will put into place a global religion that will mesh with a global government, all controlled and enforced by a global military power. The Bible calls this man the FALSE PROPHET. You can read about this imposter in Revelation chapter 13. Watch out for him.

He may appear to be humble, wise, and benign in the beginning; however, he is anything but benign. He is wicked and deceptive to the core, and his outreach and influence will be vast.

 

As I write this letter pre-rapture, I have my suspicion as to the identity of this man, but I cannot know for sure, and even though I feel fairly confident in what I think, I will not speculate. You will know for certain who he will be. This is because, in the following letter, I will tell you more about these two evil men (the Antichrist and the False Prophet) who will both do something that will finally and fully identify them with absolute certainty. The acts that they will do will bring horrendous cataclysm upon mankind and direct judgment from Almighty God upon all who are left alive on Earth.

From this point forward, you will have moved into the 2nd half of the last 7 years. From this midpoint, you will now be entering the time period Jesus Himself called “great tribulation” – a time that is unprecedented in all of history – a time that will be unlike anything ever seen upon the earth in all of Earth’s history, including the time of the global Flood of Noah’s day.

So, to recap, the prominent end-times cast of characters are these:

The RIGHTEOUS ONES

(1) God’s Two Witnesses (possibly Moses and Elijah).

(2) The 144,000 young, Jewish, male virgins sealed by God as His worldwide missionaries.

(3) God’s Holy Angels, including Michael the powerful Archangel, who fights for and stands in defense of God’s people Israel.

 

The UNHOLY ONES

(1) Satan: the fallen cherubim identified in the Bible as “The Dragon,” along with all of his demonic hordes and fallen angels.

(2) Gog: the “Chief Prince” (leader) of Magog, which is, in fact, modern-day Russia (Vladimir Putin almost certainly).

(3) The Antichrist

(4) The False Prophet

 

Hold on Tribulation Saints, for though the worst is yet to come on Earth, there is great hope and glory beyond your imagining for all of you who become believers in Christ and who remain “faithful unto death!”

 

Read on… (Part 6 to come).

Tribulation Chronicles Part 6: Tribulation Saints :: By Alice Childs

https://www.raptureready.com/2021/06/11/tribulation-chronicles-part-6-tribulation-saints-by-alice-childs/

Eternal Hope in A Temporarily Hopeless Situation

So far in these chronicles, I have given to you, as best as I am able to describe, a realistic picture of the conditions under which you will be living during these final 7 years post-rapture. However, it is simply beyond my ability to convey the depth, breadth, and enormity of the devastation that now faces you, although you are now living through such unprecedented horrors with more to come. We, as mortals, are simply not capable of wrapping our minds around the enormity of the coming destruction as God’s wrath is being outpoured upon a sin-loving, God-rejecting world.

In Revelation chapters 6-18, you can read what God Himself showed to the apostle John in a vision regarding what you are facing.

 

Remember, I told you that the event that begins the countdown of these final 7 years is not the Rapture of the Church – perhaps known to you as the great vanishing. Rather, the starting point of the final 7-year countdown is the “confirmation or strengthening of a covenant” between a man (who will be the Antichrist), Israel, and others. The Antichrist will use some sort of peace initiative as his platform and appear to be a global savior of sorts.

The long-foretold Antichrist will make this covenant with Israel and “many” other nations for a period of 7 years. You must recognize this man for who and what he really is, not what he appears to be. As I will explain later on in an upcoming letter, he will betray Israel and break this covenant at the very midpoint of these last 7 years. It is the signing or “confirmation” of this covenant (see the Old Testament book of Daniel 9:27) that begins the final 7-year countdown, not the Rapture. I continue to reiterate this because of its significance.

There might be a gap of time (if or how long a gap, I have no way of knowing, but I do not think, given the state of global affairs in play now, that there will be much of a time gap) between the event of the Rapture and before the signing of this covenant. After this covenant is confirmed, this world will be on the very brink of total destruction and a loss of life so vast that if Jesus did not return to put a stop to it, all flesh would die. However, at the penultimate moment, right before total destruction can occur, the Lord Jesus will return bodily to earth, and there on the Plains of Megiddo, He will put an end to all rebellion at the culmination of a battle you’ve always heard of as the Battle of Armageddon.”

In this letter, though, I want to give a message of hope and encouragement to those of you who are soon to become believers after the Rapture has already taken place. I know the news I’ve imparted so far is bleak and devastating, but there is GREAT HOPE and a bright and glorious eternity beyond your wildest imaginings that awaits all who will come to Christ and who “remain faithful unto death.”

You will not become a part of the Church because the Church is now complete and residing in Heaven, but you will be what the book of Revelation calls “saints” of the Tribulation – those who will become believers post-rapture who live during the seven years of the Tribulation. Sadly, the vast majority of Tribulation believers will be martyred during this time. You will become the Tribulation saints, as I will refer to you from now on.

As I continue to reiterate, if you come to salvation after the Rapture has already occurred, then you must rely upon the power of the Holy Spirit to remain faithful unto death. You must NEVER – UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES OR FOR ANY REASON, never accept within your body (in your right hand or in your forehead) any type of biometric “mark,” be it an injection, a biometric tattoo, or any other such “marking” or tracking biometric identifier associated with the Antichrist, his name, or the numerical value of his name.

This “mark” (whatever form it takes) will be globally mandated by the one who will be the False Prophet. Everyone will be required to receive it. Without this “mark,” NO ONE will be able to buy, sell, conduct business, make any kind of financial transaction, receive medical help of any kind, gain or keep employment, buy or rent a home, or move freely among society – not even to buy groceries or any other necessities.

Nevertheless, whatever you do, DO NOT, I repeat, never, ever accept this mark. If you do, you will FORFEIT ANY HOPE OF Salvation. To accept this mark will eternally doom your immortal soul to Hell for all eternity. I cannot stress this enough! Taking it is an irrevocable act of ultimate rebellion and rejection of Christ and His salvation that will not be forgiven.

**NOTE** This “mark of the beast,” whatever it is, will NOT be implemented until the midpoint (3 1/2 years into the 7-year Tribulation), 3 ½ years after the Antichrist “confirms a covenant” with Israel – NOT before.

That’s the reality that you now face. Accept Christ and remain faithful to Him, realizing that you will almost certainly die because of your faith, or continue to reject Him. Should you or anyone else reject Christ, you will die eternally – either at some point during these 7 years or at the end of these last 7 years when Christ returns.

However, for those of you who do come to Christ – those of you who are willing to lay down your lives for His namesake, let me give to you the great news – not just the hope, but the CERTAINTY that will be the future that you will share with all who will forever dwell in the presence of the Sovereign Lord of All Creation – after you lose this mortal body in death. This truth is the oasis in the midst of Hell on earth. Here is what awaits you the instant your heart beats its final time, and you are ushered into the presence of your Lord for all eternity.

From the book of Revelation chapter 7:9-17:

“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb [Jesus Christ, who is called The Lamb of God], clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

 

And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the Elders [representatives of the Church] and the four living creatures, and fell before the throne ON their faces, and worshipped God saying, Amen: Blessing, glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever. Amen.

“And one of the Elders [one who belongs to the Church] answered, saying unto me, Who are these which are arrayed in white robes, and from where did they come?

“And I [John] said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he [the Elder] said to me, These are they who have come out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they [their souls] before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night IN HIS TEMPLE: and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

“These shall hunger NO MORE, neither thirst ANYMORE: neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb [Jesus Christ] which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them to living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”

How blessed, glorious and restful this will be to all of you who will suffer great pain and loss; hunger and starvation, deprivation, paralyzing thirst, sickness and pain, horror, violence and betrayal, war and famine, earthquakes, and global devastation, beheadings and death.

This rest is what you will enjoy the second your soul leaves your mortal body, if you are saved and remain faithful unto death, refusing to take the “mark” of Satan’s Antichrist.

After all, what is eternity compared to a period of time that will literally be Hell on earth and from which you will not escape? For all of eternity, those who accept that mark will be tormented day and night in the Lake that forever burns with fire. This is the only alternative for those who willfully reject Christ’s offer of salvation, just as you did before the Rapture occurred. Please don’t make that same calamitous choice twice!

Oh, let me plead with you; come to Christ now and remain faithful even though in all probability it will cost you your physical life to do so. If you follow Christ through death’s door, this glorious place described above will be where you open your eyes, and once there, you will never suffer again!

Keep this vision ever in the forefront of your mind, because now we have reached (in our chronicles) the mid-point of the Tribulation. From here on out until the King returns to earth, Hell itself will be unleashed upon planet Earth.

 

Keep reading…

Tribulation Chronicles Part 7: Midpoint :: By Alice Childs

https://www.raptureready.com/2021/06/20/tribulation-chronicles-part-7-midpoint-by-alice-childs/

In my previous epistle (as in all of them in this series), I told you of the glorious, eternal future that awaits all who die who will have remained faithful to the Lord during these final 7 years. As I have previously stated, there will only be 1/3 of the Jewish people who will survive the entire 7 years of the Tribulation. Very few Gentiles (non-Jews) worldwide will live and survive through this global cataclysm as well.

The harsh reality is that, in all probability, as I’ve stated numerous times, it’s very likely you will not be one of the survivors. Again, I reiterate that you need to heed the calling of God and come to salvation as quickly as possible. I also must exhort you by the grace and power of the Holy Spirit, who will enable you to do so, that you remain faithful to Christ even unto death if need be.

Even if you should somehow survive the coming horrors, yet you remain lost without Christ, or if you deny Him and take the coming “mark” that the Antichrist will mandate, then you will certainly die anyway at the end of these last 7 years when the King of Kings (Jesus Christ) returns to set His foot upon planet Earth again.

Your soul, however, which is immortal, will continue to exist throughout eternity in either one of two places:

If you are saved, it will be in Heaven along with Christ, the already glorified Church, and all the Old Testament Saints who will also be awaiting their new glorified bodies.

If you are not saved, you will find your sentient, conscious self in Sheol (Hell), where your soul will suffer in torment until after the literal 1,000-year reign of Christ upon this earth is concluded. At the end of Jesus’ earthly reign, you will then face Almighty God at the Great White Throne Judgment. There, you will be given an eternal body that will be constructed never to die but to suffer along with Satan and all the fallen angels in the place of ultimate judgment and torment called the Lake of Fire.

In this final place of all condemned souls, you will suffer in a conscious state and be able to experience great pain, loss and regret for all eternity. From this torment (both in Sheol and ultimately in the Lake of Fire), there will be no escape, no hope and no possibility of annihilation to ease or stop your suffering.

However, the great news is that you don’t have to go there. God never intended that man should go to that dreadful place. It’s the very reason that God the Son came and paid the penalty for mankind’s sinful state so that all who are willing to believe in Him – all who are willing to accept freely His offer of pardon for their sins – can escape such a horrific place.

“For God is not willing that ANY should perish (eternally) but that all should come to repentance.”

However, God will not ever force that choice on anyone. It is ours alone to make. Each one of us will either choose eternal life through Christ Jesus, or we will reject His offer of eternal salvation and continue on in our own way and end up in an eternal Hell. Extremely sobering choice, isn’t it? So, what will you do with Jesus?

Please read the previous chronicle again before you go any further because you need to be reassured that there is eternal hope for all who are willing to come to salvation – those of you who are willing to lay down your physical lives so that your immortal souls may be eternally saved.

Read the previous letter again on the Tribulation and draw strength from the Word of God, because for those of you who are now living the events told of in these narratives, we have now arrived at the midpoint of the last 7 years of human history under the regime of Satan, the usurping fallen cherub, who is the Prince of Darkness, the Great Deceiver, and the enemy of the Most High God.

 

From here on out, events that have already been devastating will now become cataclysmic on a scale that is beyond description. Events will move rapidly and with far greater intensity from now on during these last 3 1/2 years left before the Messiah King returns.

 

Here is what will happen 3 1/2 years into these last 7 years. These are the events for which you must be watching and preparing yourself to face:

As I have told you in previous letters, at the beginning of this last 7 years, there will arise upon the world stage a man who will “confirm a covenant” with Israel and “many” other nations. This man, whatever his name turns out to be, will be the long-foretold Antichrist.

 

He will at first appear to be a man of peace, but in reality, will be the ultimate deceiver. He will use “peace” as the means by which he will bring absolute destruction upon planet Earth.

Early on, he will make it possible for the Jews to rebuild their Temple on its ancient site and will (at first) allow the Jews to re-institute Temple animal sacrifices and worship in accordance with their ancient religious practices. This largesse on his part will not last.

 

There will also arise on the scene another man who will aid the Antichrist. This man will be a religious leader under whose leadership all of the false, ecumenical religions will be united. This religious figurehead will, along with the Antichrist, possess great supernatural powers and abilities that will be granted to them by Satan himself; and by these powers, these two unholy men will deceive and destroy many.

This religious leader will institute some type of identification or “marking” system that utilizes the identity of the Antichrist, his name, or the numerical value of his name as an identification system, a tracking system, and as a pledge of fealty to the Antichrist and his global system.

Taking this mark not only identifies the taker as a part of his global regime, it also signifies acceptance and worship of the Antichrist himself, along with loyalty to his globalist system. Receiving this mark also condemns to Hell every single person who takes it!

 

From this act of acceptance, there is NO forgiveness.

You will recognize this “mark” because it will be mandated for every person on earth. Without it, no one will be able to buy, sell, transact business, rent or own a home, carry on daily commerce, receive medical help, travel freely in society, and so forth. Also, everyone who refuses to take this mark will be targeted, hunted, and executed by the global elites who will be in charge.

Nevertheless, it is much better to die physically refusing this “mark” and remaining faithful to the Lord Jesus than accepting it and having your soul eternally damned. All who become believers will have the very Holy Spirit of God with him/her, who will come along beside you to give you the grace and strength you will need to refuse the mark and accept martyrdom for the Lord’s sake.

Also at midpoint, the two Jewish emissaries of God – His “two witnesses” – will have been preaching in Jerusalem for the first 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation, untouchable by anyone, including the Antichrist and his hellish False Prophet.

At midpoint in these last 7 years, however, God will allow the Antichrist to kill these two men. Their bodies will lie unburied and undisturbed in the streets of Jerusalem for 3 1/2 days. The entire world will watch their execution. The entire world will be able to view their dead bodies lying in the streets of Jerusalem via satellite TV, on all forms of social media, and via cell phones.

The entire world of unbelievers will rejoice in their deaths, even going so far as to give gifts to each other in celebration of their murder by the Antichrist – that is until the power of the Holy Spirit resurrects their dead bodies, at which time they will be bodily caught up back into Heaven when the Lord shouts for them to arise with the command to “Come up here.”

As a result of the ministry of these two witnesses, God will save and seal 144,000 Jewish young men – 12,000 from each of the 12 ancient tribes of Israel.

God will send these 144,000 redeemed men out into the entire world as His witnesses. As a result of their evangelism, millions upon millions of lost people the world over from every nation, kindred, tribe and tongue will come to salvation in Christ.

 

If you should encounter one or more of these Jewish men (or any Jewish believer), you must do all you can to render them aid, provide shelter, offer protection, and defend them. You must, even at the cost of your own life, preserve their mission; for Christ said that anything one does either for or against any of these, whom He specifically calls “His brethren,” He (Christ) will view it the same as having been done to Him personally.

Now we come to the specifics of what will identify this time as the midpoint and the beginning of events that will usher in God’s GREAT tribulation.

From here on out, it will be literally Hell unleashed on earth. This is not metaphorical, nor is it hyperbole, for as you will see in subsequent letters, The Abyss (Tartarus) will be opened, and all manner of actual demonic entities along with the bound, fallen angels will be released: Those who sinned so egregiously that God Himself imprisoned these particular ones there in the Abyss, and four great angels bound in the Euphrates River who will be unleashed in the spirit realm.

You may read in Genesis chapter 6 and in Jude about what this particular group of fallen angels did that so angered God that He bound them in Tartarus from the time of the Flood of Noah’s day. These demonic entities will hereafter make incursions into this dimension.

 

As you will have already seen, supernatural events will have been visibly occurring on an almost daily basis. These kinds of things will increase in both frequency and intensity. From now until the end, nothing in the life you are now living will be even remotely normal anywhere in this world. Therefore, prepare for God’s wrath to be poured out on this wicked, vile, debauched, Christ-hating world. Prepare yourself. The Lion of Judah is about to ROAR.

MIDPOINT:

(1) The Antichrist will receive what will appear to be a mortal head wound; however, he will miraculously recover from this wound. It is probably at this time (around the midpoint of the last 7 years or possibly just before, when this global leader either is killed or more likely will appear to have been killed and suddenly “resurrects”) that Satan himself actually enters the body of the Antichrist and possesses him. Watch for this great world leader (the Antichrist) to suffer a fatal or near-fatal head wound from which it appears that he miraculously recovers.

(2) Three and one-half years into this last 7 years (midpoint), the Antichrist will betray the Jewish people by breaking his covenant with them. He will install an altar to himself with some type of “living” (possibly some sort of artificial intelligence-AI) image of himself in the most holy of places – inside the Temple called the Holy of Holies. He will then demand that everyone everywhere worship him as God.

This is an act that Jesus in the Bible called “the abomination of desolation” or the “abomination that causes desolation.” Watch for this event.

(3) As a result of this betrayal, the spiritual eyes of many Jews will finally be opened to the true identity of this deceiver, and many of them will come to salvation in their true Messiah, Jesus Christ.

God will supernaturally protect this now believing Jewish remnant by providing a safe and secure haven for these new believers immediately following this betrayal. He will protect them in the area of Petra (Bozrah). See Isaiah 63. Watch for a mass exodus of Jews relocating into Jordan just after the Antichrist defiles the Jewish Temple, which will happen 3 ½ years into this last 7-year time period.

 

God has prepared a place for them there, and these Jews will be protected and sheltered in Petra/ Bozrah until Messiah Jesus returns to rescue and free them. 1/3 of all of Israel will come to belief in Jesus as their Savior Messiah (Zechariah 13:8-9) after this ultimate betrayal. This 1/3 of the Jewish nation will be spared and will be brought safely through the Tribulation so that, by the end of this time, ALL of remaining Israel (that is ALL who are left alive and are now believers in Jesus as their Messiah) will be saved, just as scripture says they will be. (Read about this in the New Testament book of Romans chapter 11:25-27).

Sadly, 2/3 of the Jews will perish physically. As a result, they will suffer eternally as well in the Lake that forever burns with fire.

(4) The two Jewish witnesses will be killed but will be resurrected 3 1/2 days later.

(5) The False Prophet – the religious leader – will mandate that every person be required to receive some sort of mark in their right hand or in their forehead. This “mark” will be in some way identified with the Antichrist, his name, or the numerical value of his name. DO NOT TAKE THIS MARK.

(6) The slaughter of Christian believers (Tribulation believers or Tribulation Saints, if you will) that will have already begun will ramp up to an unprecedented level. Most of these new believers will be killed by beheading. Remain faithful! The Holy Spirit will give you all the strength and grace you will need to endure and to overcome the pain, fear, and death. Remember, the very instant your soul leaves your body, you will be in the presence of God, never to be hurt or suffer again! Hold on to this hope!

(7) Unprecedented ecological disasters will now begin.

(8) Supernatural, demonic incursions into this dimension will become much more frequent and increasingly more intense and direct.

 

These are the events that will mark and identify that you will have reached the midpoint of the Tribulation. In my next letter, I will endeavor to acquaint you with what is to come during the last half.

Read Revelation chapters 7-19. I will attempt to help you decipher and understand what is recorded there. Things will doubtless be much clearer to you since you will be living these things than they are to those of us reading of these coming events on this side of the rapture. As always, the Holy Spirit of God will illumine and clarify your understanding so that you will be able to see, know, and understand all that will be coming to pass.

Remain faithful even unto death. Worthy is the Lamb!

Keep reading.

Tribulation Chronicles Pt. 8: Great Tribulation (1) :: By Alice Childs

https://www.raptureready.com/2021/06/22/tribulation-chronicles-pt-8-great-tribulation-1-by-alice-childs/

 

The Great Tribulation

Revelation chapters 8-18

As I finished the previous article, I had brought you from the beginning events post-rapture to the midpoint of this last 7-year time period under the usurper Satan’s regime. After this point, things will deteriorate rapidly. The judgments that are to come will be far worse than anything that will have happened so far.

You need to prepare yourself to either accept Christ now if you are still lost (that is, if you have still not accepted the fact that you are a sinner in need of a Savior and have not as yet believed in Jesus Christ alone for salvation according to the scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Once you do believe, you must remain faithful EVEN UNTO DEATH. You will not have to rely on your own failing efforts; the Holy Spirit of God will be with you to enable you to withstand whatever comes your way – including your martyrdom if it comes to that.

From here on out, until King Jesus the Messiah returns, the loss of life and complete planetary devastation that has commenced, and will continue to ramp up, will be the outpouring of wrath from a merciful God whose cup of indignation has finally been filled to overflowing, and whose awesome righteous wrath has finally been kindled.

The Ancient of Days is about to fully unleash His wrath, mete out His justice, and avenge the blood of all of His saints from every era and dispensation. He is now going to avenge all those who have endured the hatred of the Great Deceiver – that slandering, murderous, rebellious Dragon – the fallen cherub Satan, along with all those who have willingly chosen to follow this Deceiver in his rebellion in such a vile, sin-saturated world.

The risen Lamb – the Lion of Judah – is about to roar out the terrifying culmination of His vengeance from the throne room of Heaven, and the atmospheric heavens along with the very foundations of Planet Earth are about to be shaken as never before in human history.

But before we proceed any further, let me once again, for just a moment, back up to the instant right after the rapture has occurred, to remind you yet again of some truths of which I’ve already told you but which bear repeating. Never forget that the hallmark of Satan is deception.

Remember that I told you in earlier epistles that there will be many “religious” people who will have been left behind. Religion is always man’s attempt to reconcile himself to God on his (man’s) own terms apart from God’s terms. True Christianity, as defined by the Bible, is not and never has been a “religion.” In fact, Christianity, as defined by the Bible, stands diametrically opposed to every “religion” on earth, including all that calls itself “Christian” but which is, in reality, a false Christianity, bearing NO resemblance to true Biblical Christianity.

There will be religious leaders from every religion, denomination, and cult known to man (including, sad to say, many well-known and big-name evangelical leaders who call themselves “Christians” but who are not true Christians as defined by the Bible).

These apostate religions and religious leaders will still be here post- rapture, and they will band together under one ecumenical religious umbrella, overseen by a great and powerful world religious leader (pay particular attention to the Roman Catholic Church).

 

Religious diversity and tolerance will be the popular rallying cry, at least during the first half of the Tribulation period, just as it is today. Do you recall the oh-so-tolerant sounding cry of COEXIST? Well, that will be the very banner under which all of the left-behind false religions (including a milder form of Islam) will unite.

Do not be at all surprised to find that most, if not all, of the most well-known “prosperity” and/or “social gospel” preachers and teachers – the false “Word of Faith/name-it-and-claim-it teachers and preachers (who are nothing more than slick, religious snake oil salesmen who have spent their lives swelling their obscenely fat bank accounts by fleecing the elderly, the foolish, and the undiscerning of the majority of their money) – the “seeker-sensitive,” all-inclusive, let’s-just-all-coexist Christian-in-name-only groups and leaders will also have been left behind.

It will only be those whose Christianity followed the Bible – the Biblical “fundamentalists” as we were derisively called – those of us who believed and took the Bible literally, who followed Christ literally according to the scriptures, that will have been taken in the great vanishing that was the rapture of the Church.

These false CINOs (Christians in name only) will be left here after the rapture because they NEVER believed in Christ alone for their salvation. This is why they are still here post-rapture and why they did not go with the genuine Church of Jesus Christ when He came to catch away His body/bride, when the rapture occurred.

These false, left-behind religious ones will join themselves with the Roman Catholic hierarchy, the Hindus, the Buddhists, the New Agers, the Mormons, and ALL of the other myriad of false religions to bring DECEPTION to those of you left behind after the rapture of the true Church has occurred. Do not be deceived by them, and do not follow them under any circumstances. They themselves are deceived and will only lead you further into deception and into an eternity in Hell.

The first half of the Tribulation will be filled with this false religious system that has its roots in ancient Babylonian paganism. All of these false religions had their beginnings in ancient Babylon under the first “world ruler” named Nimrod. Nimrod ruled ancient Babylon, located on the Plains of Shinar, thousands and thousands of years ago. However, when the GREAT Tribulation begins (the last 3 ½ years I am about to address further), God is going to bring all of that ancient paganism and perversion in its many and varied forms to its complete and final end.

Keep this in mind, for as you shall soon see, God is going to bring this entire false religious travesty down as well as the kingdom of Satan ruled by the Antichrist and his False Prophet, the religious leader who will head up the false world religion in its myriad of forms.

 

Prepare now, for this is what is coming during these last 3 ½ years – the time Jesus Himself termed the GREAT Tribulation:

(1) There will be continued ecological events such as unprecedentedly violent earthquakes on a scale never before recorded and in places never before affected by them, as well as in the expected places along known fault lines. There will be volcanic eruptions of unheard-of severity, tsunamis, and other geological upheavals on an unprecedented and previously unknown scale. These will be in diverse places and will rise exponentially in both frequency and severity.

This geological devastation will be GLOBAL in scope. Not one place on earth will be immune from it. A THIRD PART OF THE TREES AND GRASS WILL BE BURNED UP. The famine, already global in scope, will worsen dramatically as a result of these things (Revelation 6:12; 8:7).

(2) There will be astronomical events that will occur: asteroids, meteors, comets, and something that the Apostle John recorded as being “something like a great burning mountain” (whatever that will be) that will strike the oceans. As a result, ONE-THIRD PART OF THE SEA “BECAME (will become) BLOOD” as ONE-THIRD OF ALL SEA LIFE IS KILLED, AND ONE-THIRD OF ALL SHIPS ARE DESTROYED (Revelation 8: 8-9).

(3) A “burning star from heaven” will strike the freshwater sources such as lakes, rivers, creeks, and streams, etc. ONE-THIRD OF ALL FRESHWATER SOURCES WILL BECOME POISONED AND CONTAMINATED. Think about this! What a calamity it will be for man and animals not to be able to find sufficient, unpolluted and safe drinking water! This catastrophic devastation will result in even more loss of life (Revelation 8:10-11).

(4) As a direct result of the above catastrophic events, THE SUN AND MOON WILL BE DARKENED FOR ONE-THIRD PART OF THE DAY AND NIGHT. The atmosphere and the amount of breathable air will be so polluted, the atmosphere so obscured, that the very light of the sun and moon will be diminished by ONE THIRD. One’s ability to breathe will be seriously impaired from the thickly poisoned and polluted air that will pollute ONE-THIRD of the Planet. MANY MORE WILL DIE (Revelation 8:12-13).

This is only the beginning. I will pick up in the next entry with the next series of judgments that will swiftly follow these in the 2nd part of The Great Tribulation.

Keep reading.

Tribulation Chronicles Pt. 9: Great Tribulation (2) :: By Alice Childs

https://www.raptureready.com/2021/06/30/tribulation-chronicles-pt-9-great-tribulation-2-by-alice-childs/

Revelation chapters 8-18

As I finished my last letter in this chronicle of events, which will shortly be occurring during the time in which you are living post-rapture, I had brought you up to the midpoint of the last 7 years of Earth’s history under the usurper Satan’s rule.

Remember, I have told you that these last 7 years, the Tribulation, is the culmination of God’s plan to redeem back His creation from Satan, who was given rulership of the world’s kingdoms as a result of Adam’s sin and forfeiture of the “title deed” to Earth. As a result of Adam’s rebellion, he forfeited man’s rightful ownership of Planet Earth and, in essence, lost the “title deed,” if you will, to Satan the Deceiver. God’s overarching Plan for the Ages has been to—through Jesus—God the Son to:

(1) pay the penalty for sin incurred by inheritance to all of the descendants of Adam

(2) bring salvation to a lost, sin-cursed world through Jesus’ sinless life. Our redemption is made possible because Jesus is the God man. He and He alone thus qualified to pay the infinite penalty of sin that no fallen, sin-cursed member of humanity could ever hope to pay.

 

(3) By Jesus’ substitutionary death in our place, Jesus, being fully God and fully man, thus was able to pay the legal requirement of the payment for sin in full measure (that is, the penalty incurred by sin) and thus redeem (buy back) that which was lost in Adam’s rebellion (our righteous standing before a holy God). This was so that, upon each person’s salvation, man’s “filthy rags” self-righteousness could be done away with. The saved sinner thereafter, in his belief, then has the righteousness of Jesus Christ imputed (transferred) to him.

(4) By the bodily resurrection of the victorious and risen Savior, mankind’s eternal salvation has now and forever been eternally set and secured by Christ’s victory over Sin, Satan, Hell, Death, and the Grave.

The “title deed” of Earth’s kingdom was lost and forfeited to Satan when Adam, by his deliberate disobedience, forfeited the rulership of Earth granted to him by the Creator. From that time until Messiah King returns to Earth, the Destroyer Satan has held legal dominion over every kingdom of the earth. For all of Earth’s history subsequent to the disobedience and fall of Adam, all aspects of creation have been subjugated and enslaved by the Law of Entropy, which is the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. In essence, this means that everything in the universe is decaying and dying.

From the instant of Adam’s rebellion, God’s perfectly created order is and has been devolving into chaos and disintegration as a direct result of Adam’s fall. Adam and Eve died spiritually the instant that they disobeyed God’s one and only requirement of them, to not eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. That was their one requirement, and they blew it – as God certainly knew, and Satan rightly suspected they would.

Additionally, the process of physical deterioration, which concluded in the ultimate deaths of their bodies (and as a result, ours as well), began in them the very moment they disobeyed God’s one rule – a rule that was meant for their spiritual and physical protection, by the way. Even animal life was affected by the curse of sin because all flesh began to die physically from that point onward.

Such is the curse of Sin, and its fruit is death – both the physical death of the body and far worse, spiritual death (eternal separation from God).

The very earth itself was cursed also as entropy, death, and decay began to eat away at God’s pristine creation. The stars and other celestial bodies too were affected by the curse of sin, for even the very stars in the vast multitude of galaxies within the celestial heavens also began to burn out and die.

The effects of Adam’s sin and rebellion have reverberated throughout the entirety of God’s created cosmos. This is why God hates sin. This is why mankind needed a perfect Redeemer, and this is why God the Son Himself knew even before He created anything that He would have to pay the penalty for sin that He knew would come, or else His fallen creation would have no hope and would be eternally damned.

God the Father knew beforehand that God the Son would have to die to redeem fallen man. Such is the love that God has for His creation that He Himself fashioned in His own image.

As we shall see, God is bringing to a close the millennia-old rebellious reign of the usurper of God’s creation. God is going to use these last 7 years to restore Paradise Lost; to exact final and ultimate justice upon Satan and upon all those who willingly follow him; upon all who have chosen to reject the free pardon of sin that God, through Christ Jesus, has made available to mankind.

God the Father, through Jesus the Son, and by the power of the Holy Spirit (the Triune Godhead consisting of 3 distinct Persons yet still ONE God), made eternal salvation possible and freely offers it to “whosoever” is willing to believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ for his/her salvation.

Jesus, being the 2nd Person of the Trinity and therefore part of the Triune Godhead, nevertheless chose to clothe Himself in mortal flesh, to come to Earth – the God-man — and die in our place in order that HE might pay the penalty exacted by sin and rebellion, and thus satisfy the infinite justice demanded by a holy God, a penalty that no fallen, sinful human being could ever hope to pay.

Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God, died a sinner’s death so that HE could ransom and redeem fallen man. He sealed AND settled mankind’s salvation and eternal redemption when He was bodily resurrected from the dead three days later. Here is the reason you are now in the left-behind situation you have found yourself in. Salvation in Jesus Christ alone is the only remedy to your eternal dilemma.

 

During these last 7 years, God is wrapping up all of fallen human history. He is preparing to renovate and restore this sin-wrecked world. He is purifying a remnant of His chosen people, Israel, in preparation for fulfilling ALL of the covenant promises that He made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their physical descendants nearly 4,000 years ago.

He, King Jesus, is preparing to judge ALL SIN in order to set up His earthly kingdom, which will last for 1,000 years, after which TIME itself, as a created construct, will cease to exist and will merge into eternity in a newly-created, eternal new heavens and new Earth.

 

This is an explanation of the purpose of these last 7 years. As we prepare to move forward through the last 3 ½ years of what will be even greater horrendous destruction on a level unknown to mankind, you can take great comfort and hope in understanding God’s plan and purpose of the ages that is being fulfilled and finalized in preparation for the earthly reign of the Prince of Peace – the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

From here on out, the destruction will be staggering. The overwhelming majority of both believers and unbelievers will most likely not survive. Do not fear.

Let us now move, with great solemnity, into the next events you will be facing during these last 3 ½ years.

Remember what has already occurred by this point in time: there will have been a devastating World War that will have resulted in massive death along with ensuing pandemic diseases. The entire globe will have suffered a famine of such devastation that the entire world population (except, of course, for the uber-rich elites) will have been so affected that it will take a day’s work to be able to buy one meal for one person.

You will have witnessed earthquakes, volcanic activity, and unprecedented weather anomalies that will have further reduced the already decimated crops, and you will have seen every aspect of the natural world turned on its head.

Just after the ecological and astronomical judgments have passed that will have destroyed one third (1/3) of all trees, grass, oceans, fresh water sources, and will have darkened the light of the sun and moon by a third, here is what is coming next:

(1) There will be some type of eruption, quite possibly a volcanic eruption, or perhaps this eruption will occur from a giant ground fissure opening which will come about as the result of a massive earthquake. From this event (whatever form it takes) will spew forth a demonic horde of locust-like creatures that will be released from “the bottomless pit” (the abyss).

These unholy terrors will be released and loosed upon mankind by a powerful fallen angel. Their number will be so vast that their emergence en masse will appear as the “smoke of a great furnace” – so much so that the “sun and the air were [will be] darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.” (See Revelation 9:1).

Exactly WHAT these creatures are is unknown to us on this side of the rapture. Whether or not these are visible, physical manifestations or metaphysical in nature (unseen in the natural physical world), I cannot say. You will know for sure.

It is highly probable that these things will be visible since the Word of God specifically states that the sheer number and volume of them appear to blot out the sun. Also, the Bible takes great care to explain, not just their physical appearance, but the sound made by the beating of their wings. So that lends credence to the speculation on our part at least, that these things, whatever they turn out to be, will be both visible and auditory within this earthly dimension.

Either way, what I can only speculate upon, you will know for sure once they are released from their abyssal prison and appear here on Earth in this dimension. Make no mistake; these creatures are UTTERLY DEMONIC in nature, in character, and in appearance. You can read about their physical description in Revelation chapter 9, verses 7-10.

They are supernaturally powerful and completely wicked to the core. They will have a “leader” who is a powerful, demonic entity named ABADDON (his name in Greek is called APOLLYON). This demonic ruler is (will be) in charge of these creatures. I do not know whether he will be visible in this dimension or only visible in the spiritual realm; you will know.

There is a similarity to natural locusts only in the sheer number of them and in their destructive power, but that is where ANY similarity ends. These are SUPERNATURAL creatures which will be allowed by God to bring excruciating, physical torment upon all those who are followers of the Antichrist – those who have willfully rejected God — all those who “have not the seal of God upon their foreheads.” Here is what they will and will not be allowed to do:

(2) God will NOT allow these things to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, or any tree (as a natural, earthly locust swarm would do).

(3) They will be permitted to torment “only those who have NOT the ‘seal of God’ in their foreheads.”

(4) They are NOT ALLOWED TO KILL any person, but rather to TORMENT the “earth dwellers” (God’s term for those who are willfully lost – the Christ rejecters who will not come to salvation, and who have accepted the “mark of the Antichrist in their right hands or in their foreheads”).

(5) They are allowed to torment the “earth dwellers” for a LIMITED period of time – 5 months.

(6) The physical agonies inflicted by these creatures will be so great that those suffering from their torments will plead for the release of death, but God will refuse to allow the afflicted ones to die.

After this, the next horrendous judgment will begin almost immediately.

Keep reading. Things are only going to get worse as God’s full wrath and fury is (will be) finally poured out upon all who have chosen to reject Christ – all who follow and worship the Antichrist.

Tribulation Chronicles Pt. 10: Great Tribulation (3) :: By Alice Childs

https://www.raptureready.com/2021/07/06/tribulation-chronicles-pt-10-great-tribulation-3-by-alice-childs/

Revelation 8-18

As we move toward the end of the last three and one-half years left to planet Earth under the rule of the usurper Satan, you will have already witnessed (those few of you who will have managed to survive thus far) and will have already encountered unprecedented supernatural occurrences:

  • Globally devastating wars

  • Death on a massive global extinction-level scale

  • Starvation

  • Global famine

  • Incurable pandemic diseases

  • Earthquakes of previously unrecorded frequencies and intensities on a global scale

 

You will have experienced a meteor or asteroid or some kind of astronomical event that entered earth’s atmosphere, with the result that 1/3 of all ocean life will have been killed; 1/3 of all green grasses and vegetation along with trees were burned up, and 1/3 of all freshwater sources poisoned.

You will have seen by now a man from somewhere in Europe, from within the shadows of the old Roman Empire, rise to global prominence and power from seemingly nowhere, accompanied by a powerful religious leader who acts as this political phenomenon’s right-hand man.

You will have seen heretofore unseen supernatural strength and power exercised by these two men, the political leader having “confirmed” a “peace covenant” between Israel and “the many” (other nations), and you will have seen him broker this peace accord as the result of a devastating war that, against all possible odds, Israel will have won – though not from any military superiority of their own – but by the direct intervention of the true God of Israel.

You will have witnessed the great majority of the Jewish people embrace this new world leader as their long-awaited Messiah since he will have allowed them to both rebuild their Temple on the ancient temple mount and reinstate animal sacrifices within it.

However, by now, you will have also seen and heard the testimonies of two strange, extremely powerful Jewish men – two emissaries sent from Almighty God, His two “witnesses” – each possessing supernatural powers given them directly by God. These two men will have denounced most strongly this rising political star, his religious cohort, and his claim as being Israel’s Messiah.

As a result of the ministries of these two witnesses sent from Almighty God, 144,000 Jewish young male virgins (12,000 from each of Israel’s 12 ancient tribes) will have come to faith in Christ, having been sealed in their foreheads. (Whether the “mark of God” upon these Jewish young men will be visible or invisible to humans, I cannot know pre-rapture). These 144,000 Jews will have moved throughout the entire world, spreading the gospel of salvation to people from every nation, kindred, tribe and tongue.

You will have seen the two witnesses of God finally overcome and killed, their dead bodies lying in the streets of Jerusalem for three and one-half days. Then you will have seen them resurrected and caught up into Heaven, all of this being televised and broadcast worldwide.

You will have seen people endure torment from some kind of supernatural, insectile, locust-like creatures (a torment that will have lasted for five months) from which the agonies had to be endured because God did not permit those afflicted to die to escape their physical agonies.

You will have seen by now this world leader who is, in fact, the Antichrist, along with his False Prophet, institute a Satanic “marking” system required to be placed in either the right hand or the forehead, without which no one can live or transact daily life on any level. You will have seen this Antichrist seemingly die from a head wound only to appear to be resurrected miraculously, after which he will have become fully possessed and indwelt by Satan himself.

You will have seen this now Satan-indwelt man betray the Jews by desecrating their newly rebuilt Temple, setting up some type of “living” image of himself (Think of some form of Artificial Intelligence-AI) in the most holy place inside the Jewish Temple called the Holy of Holies, whereupon the Antichrist makes the claim that he is God and demands to be worshipped as such by the world.

You will have seen his hithertofore masked hatred for the Jewish people and new believers in Christ erupt like a festering boil, and in his utter hatred lash out at them to annihilate as many as he can find and kill worldwide by means of mass beheadings.

This is a very abbreviated recap of all you’ve seen thus far. Following is an abbreviated list of what is yet to come during the remainder of these last seven years. As time ticks down, the last battle in the conflict of the ages is destined to take place in the Valley of Jezreel, in a place called in Hebrew, the Plains of Megiddo – better known as Armageddon.

There, the usurper Satan, his puppet the Antichrist, the False Prophet, and all of the “earth dwellers” – those who have willingly accepted his mark and worshipped this “beast” – meet their end by the mere Word that will proceed forth out of the mouth of the conquering and returning King of Kings, Jesus Christ, as He makes His way from the throne room of Heaven to the devastatingly ravaged earth.

At the end of these last seven years, the Lord Jesus Christ will return physically to the earth, crowned with many diadems and riding astride a mighty white horse. His first destination will be to Bozrah – Petra, in the ancient Edomite Kingdom of Jordan. There, God will have gathered the Remnant of Israel to protect and provide for those whom He will have preserved. Once gathered there, the Remnant of Israel will, at last, recognize Jesus “whom they have pierced” as having been their long-awaited Messiah all along.

This Remnant of now-believing Israel will cry aloud for their Messiah King to come to their defense and deliver them. Their Messiah will hear their cry and return to fight for and deliver them from what would otherwise be certain annihilation from Satan and his Antichrist horde (Isaiah 63).

After King Jesus fights for His people in Bozrah, He leaves there, riding astride His horse with His garment stained with the blood of those He will utterly defeat.

The armies of the Antichrist, filled with demonic hatred, will attempt to unite all of the armies of the “earth dwellers,” on the Plains of Megiddo, in a final attempt to wipe out the one-third remnant of Israel and to defeat and prevent the physical return of Jesus, the Lion of Judah. They will not succeed, for the Messiah King will PERSONALLY fight for the deliverance of the Jewish believers, the freedom of the land of Israel, and for Jerusalem, God’s holy city.

The Battle of Armageddon will, in truth, be no battle at all. The conquering King will win with but a word from His mouth. When Jesus returns, He won’t be riding into Jerusalem on a lowly donkey as He did when He presented Himself to Jerusalem as the Suffering Savior to offer Himself as the Lamb of God in sacrifice for the sins of the world. No, this time Jesus rides into the dimension of earth seated astride His powerful white steed, crowned in many diadems, His vesture soaked crimson with the blood of His conquered foes, riding in triumphant splendor as the conquering King He most surely is.

Following along behind Him, also astride horses and dressed in garments “white and clean,” will be the “armies of Heaven” comprised of the now glorified Church, along with the souls of the Old Testament Saints and the souls of the slain Tribulation Saints (The two latter groups will be awaiting their new and Immortal bodies, which they will receive just prior to entering the new Kingdom), and with the angelic hosts of Heaven.

What a procession it will be to behold! Perhaps God may grant that you may witness Him coming from the throne room of God into the atmosphere of earth on His way from Bozrah to the war-torn, besieged city of Jerusalem and up to the top of the Mount of Olives just outside the city walls.

The instant the King of Glory’s foot touches the Mount of Olives, the Insurrection of the Ages will be over – FINISHED. A mighty earthquake will literally split the Mount of Olives in half from east to west. Then, King Jesus will order His angels to gather “from the four corners of the earth” to bring to Jerusalem all His elect (the Remnant of Tribulation Jewish believers and Tribulation Gentile believers), along with all those who managed to survive these last seven years.

There the King will begin the process of exacting His righteous judgment – to pass sentence upon all who are left alive from every country on earth (Matthew 24 & 25). Next, He will begin to restore ALL that the Corrupted One has defiled since Eden.

But before that glorious event occurs, there are yet more horrendous judgments that you who are left behind and still alive have to endure. Look now and see what will be coming upon you in rapid succession:

(1) A bombardment of hailstones weighing at least 100 lbs. each will pulverize the earth.

(2) The very atmosphere of the planet will erupt in fire, smoke, burning ash, and sulfur mixed with blood.

(3) ALL ocean life will be killed. ALL OF IT.

(4) ALL freshwater sources will be poisoned. ALL OF THEM.

(5) ALL green grass and vegetation will be burned away. ALL OF IT.

(6) The almost complete slaughter by beheading of nearly ALL believers (only a very few will escape), although there will be a few from every nation whom God will preserve throughout to bring to the end.

However, no one will know whether he or she will be one of the ones allowed to survive until the return of the King. The truth that must be faced and accepted is that the vast majority will not survive to the end regardless of how diligent one might try to be. The breadth and scale of the devastation, the violence, carnage, and wrath of God poured out in judgment will simply be too unprecedented and too enormous for more than just a handful to survive.

(7) Two-thirds (2/3) of all rebellious Jews will be slaughtered (1/3 of them will be saved by becoming believers in Jesus as their true Messiah and will be preserved and protected by the Lord (Zechariah 13:8-9). These 1/3 “remnant Jews” God will preserve and protect in the ancient fortified rock city in Bozrah, Jordan, in the ancient Edomite Kingdom.

(8) The entire earth will be on the very precipice of total annihilation, and indeed would be completely annihilated if King Jesus did not return to put an end to the carnage.

(9) As a result of the astronomical devastation from meteors and asteroids and from Wormwood (whatever it turns out to be), other celestial devastation will occur as a result of the complete atmospheric conflagration. There will be the complete inundation of the upper atmosphere from multiple nuclear detonations, including ash, smoke, and pyroclastic debris from multiple volcanic eruptions. These things will result in utter darkness such as has never been experienced before in all of earth’s history. This unprecedented darkness will utterly envelope the earth.

(10) The moon will “turn to blood,” whatever that means; YOU will know should you still be alive at this point.

(11) The protective layers of the upper atmosphere, having been stripped away from all of the atmospheric devastation, will strip away all of the earth’s protective layers, allowing the sun to burn people with its unfiltered solar intensity, even in the midst of darkness.

(12) In an earthquake so massive and devastating, every mountain range, every valley, and every part of the entire world’s topography will be moved and rearranged. Every single one. This will be a truly planetary shaking and upheaval.

This is but a synopsis of all that is yet to be endured during the last three and one-half years before Christ returns to put an end to the destruction and rebellion.

Oh, my dear beloved, if you are reading these chronicles now BEFORE the rapture has occurred, please, I beg you to come to Christ now so that you may become a part of the Church of Jesus Christ. Come to salvation NOW so that you will not be here to endure these coming horrors.

If, however, the event of the rapture already has occurred, then I implore you now to delay no longer! Please come to Christ for salvation now – right now. You will most probably lose your physical life; but if you do, your immortal soul will go immediately to Heaven to dwell forever in the presence of the Lord. You will dwell with Him and with all of the redeemed of all the ages until the end of the Tribulation, when you too will be given a new and immortal body.

If you choose not to come to Christ, if you choose to accept the “mark” of the Antichrist, then you most assuredly WILL die when King Jesus returns to set up His kingdom in Jerusalem, Israel. That is an absolute and unchangeable fact.

Only believers will be allowed to enter into King Jesus’ kingdom on earth. Only believers both mortal and Immortal will be allowed to enter and live in His restored and renovated earth.

And you? If you die in your sins, if you take the “mark” of the Antichrist, then you will die physically and spiritually, and your immortal soul will live forever throughout all eternity suffering untold agonies in the Lake that forever burns with fire that God had prepared for Satan and his fallen angels.

Dear Reader, here is what you must do to be saved:

(1) You must understand and accept the truth that you are a justly condemned sinner in need of a Redeemer. You need the sinless God/man, Jesus Christ, to save you because you cannot save yourself by your own actions or merits (Romans 3:23; Romans 10:9-10).

(2) You must believe (place your complete faith and trust) in the fact that Jesus – God the Son, came to earth in human flesh – that He lived a perfect and utterly sinless life so that He could, as a man, pay the penalty (wages) that sin demanded to be paid in order to satisfy God’s (John 3:16-18) infinite justice.

(3) You must believe that Jesus, who is God the Son incarnate, died a sinner’s death as an innocent man – the perfect sacrifice – in order that by His sacrifice in our place, He might redeem (purchase us back) from the penalty exacted upon us by the guilt of sin. You must believe that His death fully atones and pardons all of the sin guilt of all people who are willing to come to Him by faith, believing that Jesus Christ alone is the only One who can save lost mankind, and that through Him alone is the only means of mankind’s redemption (John 14:6).

(4) You must believe that Jesus bodily resurrected from the tomb three days later and that, by His resurrection, He conquered Death and sealed the eternal destinies in Heaven for all who are willing to believe on Him and who are willing to trust in His grace alone for the free pardon of their sins (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

Dear Reader, we are drawing to a close in this series of declarations and warnings. I have attempted, as best as I am able, to give you the truth of all that is to shortly come to pass. I and all the other teachers, writers, staff, and fellow believers here at Rapture Ready have tried and will continue to the best of our abilities to be “watchmen and women on the wall” warning, pleading, and exhorting you that time is quickly running out for you to come to Christ before the rapture of the Church occurs.

There will be only one more epistle in this series of letters chronicling what will occur once the Church is gone; and then, all that I have been called to write will have been written, and all that I’ve been led to do done.

The “ball,” as they say, is now in your court. Every believer here urges you with all that is in us not to delay coming to salvation. The rapture of the true Remnant Church of Jesus Christ can (and will) occur at any moment. Once it happens, if you have not accepted Christ as your Savior when we, the Remnant Church, are called up to depart this earth, then you will be left behind; and all (and far more) that I have briefly outlined here in these series of letters will occur to you.

Please, come now to Christ while there is still time.

Keep reading; the last epistle will follow shortly.

Tribulation Chronicles Pt 11: Return of the King :: By Alice Childs

https://www.raptureready.com/2021/07/10/tribulation-chronicles-pt-11-return-of-the-king-by-alice-childs/

Revelation chapter 19

We have now come to the end of this series of letters addressed to those who will be left behind after the Great Vanishing – the rapture of the true Remnant Church of Jesus Christ. This letter will be the last and final epistle in this series of chronicles relating to those things that will very shortly come to pass.

AFTER the Great Vanishing (rapture of the Church) occurs, if you are still here, I hope by now you will be able to recognize it for what it was: the removal of all true believers who made up the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ. The signs of the times in which the world finds itself all point to the extreme closeness of this ever-imminent event.

My purpose in writing these chronicles has been twofold: first, to try to wake up as many unbelievers as I can to come to salvation in Christ BEFORE the rapture occurs, so that you too may be “among the missing.”

I want more than anything for YOU to be counted among us, the glorified Church, in Heaven seated around the throne of Almighty God, sharing with us the joys of Heaven in the presence of our Lord while this sin-blighted world is destroyed. I want you to commit to salvation now, BEFORE the rapture occurs, so that you may be able to escape the coming time of the wrath, justice, and vengeance of our holy God that will shortly be poured out upon a wicked, utterly debauched, and depraved world system.

My second purpose in writing this series has been intended to be a written record – an explanation and a warning chronicling what is shortly to come to pass for those of you who have chosen to be left behind – those of you who could have escaped the coming judgments, but who, for whatever reason, chose not to believe upon Christ for salvation so as to have escaped these coming horrors.

As scripture teaches us, God has “not appointed” His body/bride, the Church, to suffer this time of coming judgment – this time of His wrath. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, paying particular attention to verses 8-9. The context of this entire letter and chapter in particular is addressed to the CHURCH and is speaking of the salvation of our spirits from eternal death and the redemption of our mortal bodies from “corruptible to incorruptible” bodies at the time of the rapture. The Church is NOT APPOINTED to endure the wrath of God, which is the entire focus of the 7-year Tribulation.

It has been to you, the left-behind ones, that I began this series of missives – these messages from the missing ones.

I wish to end this series with a brief recounting of the triumphant return of King Jesus. I will not go into it at length here, for I wish you to read of this event for yourself. You will find the details recounted in the last few chapters of Revelation (chapters 19–22).

In these last few pages of God’s inerrant and infallible Word, you will find the breathtaking descriptions of the utter defeat, ruin, and annihilation of the Antichrist and his evil False Prophet. You will read of King Jesus coming to earth and going to Bozrah to rescue the remnant of His People Israel; of the last battle at Armageddon which, as it turns out, will really be no battle at all, because the Conquering King will merely SPEAK, and ALL rebellion will be instantly crushed and silenced.

You will read of the vast myriad of the armies of Heaven comprised of:

  • the already raptured and redeemed Church in our resurrected, immortal bodies

  • the entirety of the angelic host

  • all of the souls of the righteous dead from the Old Testament time right on through to those souls who died for the cause of Christ during the time of the Tribulation who will, upon returning to earth, receive THEIR resurrected, immortal bodies.

 

All of us (the resurrected and raptured Church) will be returning WITH the Lord. We will be following along behind our Conquering King as He returns to earth to set His foot once again upon the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel, at the end of these last seven years of human history. We will be returning to a world that has been destroyed under the rulership of the Usurper of the Ages – the fallen Cherubim Lucifer, also known as Satan (Revelation 19).

You will read of King Jesus, subsequent to His bodily return to earth, separating out all of saved humanity from all those who are lost and doomed to Hell (the “sheep” from the “goats,” as the living Gentile survivors of the final Holocaust are called by our Lord in Matthew chapters 24—25) from all over the world, those who are left living at the time of His return.

You will read of the beginning of the reign of the Lord Jesus Christ, and of the nature of His LITERAL Millennial (1,000-year) Kingdom that He will establish here upon a newly renovated and restored earth, an earth very changed in topography and purged from all sin and its calamitous effects (Revelation chapters 20–22).

All of this and much, much more you need to read for yourself in the Lord’s own words, for I cannot do them justice.

I want to leave you with a listing of references from both the Old and New Testaments that will help guide you as to WHERE in God’s Word to find pertinent passages on these soon-coming events. And as always, I want to leave you with the passages that tell of God’s great salvation and how you – ANYONE who is willing to do so – can come to Christ for the salvation of your souls.

Listed below are passages for you to read. Study them; memorize as many of them as you can. Hide them in your hearts because even these days before the rapture happens are growing increasingly darker. You will need the Word of God more than ever as we await our Lord’s soon return. However, AFTER the Great Vanishing (the rapture of the true Church) occurs, for those of you left behind, God’s Word will become much more scarce and far more valuable. It will be much more precious to you than all the wealth of the world combined, even more precious than the very breath in your own body.

Mark and learn these passages, for they will become to you as nourishing meat and bread are to a starving man, or living water to a soul dying from thirst.

Passages that tell of:

THE RAPTURE 

(also known as the “Blessed Hope” of every Church-Age Believer)

John 14:3
1 Corinthians 15:51-53
Titus 2:13
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
2 Thessalonians 2:1-13
Philippians 3:20-21
Revelation 4:1

THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE 

(aka The Tribulation also referred to in scripture as The 70th Week of Daniel, and in many places referred to as “the Day of the Lord.” ALL of these titles are referencing this same seven-year time period AFTER the departure of the Church, when God once again turns His full focus onto national Israel and the Jewish people).

Daniel chapter 9
Matthew 24 & 25

Both of the New Testament passages in Matthew 24 & 25 are relating the same events that are told of in Daniel 9.

 

The New Testament gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke that are addressing Jesus’ Olivet Discourse pertain specifically to the JEWS who will be alive during these seven years. Further passages that reference this 7-year time period:

 

Job 20:28-29

Isaiah 2:12
Isaiah 4:3-6
Isaiah 11:11
Isaiah 13:4-6
Isaiah 13: 9-11
Isaiah 19:16-17
Isaiah 24:21-22
Isaiah 26:1
Isaiah 27:1
Isaiah 27:12-13
Isaiah 63

Jeremiah 30:7-8
Jeremiah 46:10

Ezekiel 30:3-4

Joel 1:15
Joel 2:1-2
Joel 2:23-28
Joel 2:32
Joel 3:12-18

Amos 5:18-20

Micah 4:6-8
Micah 5:8-9

Zephaniah 1:14-18
Zephaniah 3:8
Zephaniah 3:11-20

Zechariah 9:16-17
Zechariah 14:20-21
Zechariah 13:8-9

Malachi 4:1-2

Matthew 7:22-23

Mark 12:26-27

John 12:48

Romans 2:5
Romans 2:16

Revelation 6:15-17
Revelation chapters 6 – 22

 

These are but a PARTIAL listing of passages contained in BOTH Testaments that reference this same seven-year time period known popularly as the Tribulation, but more accurately should be called The Time of Jacob’s (Israel’s) Trouble or Daniel’s 70th Week.

 

SALVATION

Psalms 3:8
Psalms 37:39
Psalms 62:1

Titus 3:5

Ephesians 2: -9

John 3:16-21
John 6:44
John 15:1-27
John 14:6

Acts 2:36-41
Acts 4:12
Acts 16:30-33
Acts 28:28

Romans 3:23
Romans 10:9-10

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

Hebrews 7:25

 

Dear Reader, let me implore you one last time to come to Christ for salvation NOW. Please, I urge you; do this now BEFORE the Great Vanishing of the Church happens. This vanishing, when it occurs, will be the rapture (the catching away to Heaven) of all genuine believers from this earth to Glory. The Bible says that “today is the day of salvation….” Please don’t put off the salvation of your immortal soul—not for one second longer, for we do not know when our final breath may come.

I want to leave you now with some of the very last words recorded in the Bible. These words are the longing and heart’s-cry of every believer. If you will but come to Christ, they will become the longing of your heart as well.

“And the Spirit and the Bride say, COME. And let him that heareth say, COME. And let him that is athirst COME. And WHOSOEVER WILL, let him take the water of life freely.“

Even so, COME, Lord Jesus!

MARANATHA!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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