Final hour, rapture & the tribulation

““Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭21‬:‭34‬-‭36‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  • You have to get ready, and to live ready.

“You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬-‭5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  • Loving pleasure rather than God

“At last he stood up again and returned to the disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted from grief. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭22‬:‭45‬-‭46‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  • Disciples asleep in the hour of trouble

““And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building— until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭17‬:‭28‬-‭29‬ ‭NLT‬‬

““Just as the weeds are sorted out and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the world.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭40‬ ‭NLT‬‬

If you’re just looking for the second coming of Christ, you will miss what happens before.

  • In the rapture/being caught up (harpazo) Jesus comes for His bride, His church, and in the second coming, He comes with the church.
  • Word rapture comes from Latin
  • In rapture, Jesus never touches the earth, He comes for His bride, the church
  • In the second coming of Christ, every eye will see Him, and we come with Him
  • Enoch was (Genesis 5) taken up, Elijah was snatched away (2 Kings 2), Lot was taken out of the city before judgement (Genesis 19), Jesus was taken up (Acts 1), John was raptured (Revelation 4)

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭4‬:‭13‬-‭17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

There will be the judgement seat of christ (where works will be tried by fire, and rewards will be given), and the marriage supper of the Lamb.

.. Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. (‭Romans‬ ‭14‬:‭10‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

“But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭51‬-‭52‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  • Apostle Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, was expecting and waiting for Jesus to come for His bride. Talking about the catching away personally, saying “we will not all”.

Church that is missing the understanding about the Lord’s coming for His church, will be drawn to carnality and selfish living.

There is a difference between the persecution that comes from preaching the gospel & living a holy life, and the judgement of God.

Persecution originates from Satan, with a purpose to cause you to back down from the plan of heaven & righteous living. God’s righteous judgement will come on those who refuse to repent, and have continued their wicked ways.

“For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us.”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5‬:‭9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“For God has not appointed us to [incur His] wrath [He did not select us to condemn us], but [that we might] obtain [His] salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5‬:‭9‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

  • Once the church is caught away, the judgement that is preserved will come on the earth.

Jesus said to the dead church:
“Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.”
Revelation‬ ‭3‬:‭3‬ ‭NLT‬

To the faithful church Jesus said:
““Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown.”
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭3‬:‭10‬-‭11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Something is holding the plan of the enemy back at this very moment:
“For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way.”
‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭2‬:‭7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  • The one holding back is the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

.. upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭16‬:‭18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Revelation chapter 6-19

  • 7 Seals
  • 7 Trumpets
  • 7 Bowls

Antichrist (the beast) will make an agreement with Israel in the beginning of the tribulation, and break the agreement in the middle of the tribulation, starting the second half: the great tribulation. This time of 7 years in Bible terms is called Daniel’s 70th week (Daniel 9).

In Revelation 13 we see the unholy trinity revealed: Satan, Antichrist, and the False Prophet.

  • We see everything in place right now to see everything we read in revelation 13 taking place
  • Technological advancements
  • Structures that were planned/put together long time ago, but beginning of them implemented since 2020
  • World government, one world ruler
  • One world religious system
  • One world military force
  • One world economy

This spirit in in operation in the world now.

“Dear children, the last hour is here. You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared. From this we know that the last hour has come.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭2‬:‭18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Prophetic message is not to make you afraid.
But to get you ready. To not love the world.
Love God, love what is right, love people.
Hate what is evil.

“God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.”
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭1‬:‭3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

BLESSING – not a curse for those who listen, and obey.