If you think the world is a mess now, imagine what it will be like after the millions of godly people (Christians) – the “salt” and the “light” – on this earth are taken away. The devil will have a field day – literally.
“You may think the world today is degenerating into rampant greed and immorality, and indeed it is. But as bad as things are becoming, we can hardly overstate the horror that will occur when society loses the tempering influence of the Christians.” (Dr. David Jeremiah, “What in the World is Going On? 10 Prophetic Clues You Cannot Afford to Ignore”)
That’s when the Antichrist will come into power. He’ll be from a European country with Italian/Roman heritage. He’ll be a peacemaker – organizing the chaos – bringing hope. He’ll claim to be the Messiah. He’ll show signs of power and miracles.
He’ll set up a system where you won’t be able to buy or sell anything without having his mark on your hand or your forehead. If you don’t take the mark, you will be killed. Nice choice. He’ll make a peace 7-year treaty with Israel then break it after 3 years.
The the Tribulation starts 7 years of nasty, nasty stuff – horrors worse than anything the world has ever seen. (Revelation 6:12-17)
Nothing impure will ever enter it [heaven], nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. ~ Revelation 21:27
Will you be left behind? Is your name in the Lamb’s book of life? If you’re not sure, you’d better think about it.
If you are left behind, you will have a second chance to commit yourself to Jesus Christ, but that doesn’t mean you won’t go through the suffering of the Tribulation. As a follower of Christ you cannot take the mark of the beast so you’ll have to fend for yourself when it comes to buying anything that you need. You’ll have to go underground because the Antichrist’s army will be looking for you. But if they do find you and kill you, you’ll be guaranteed a place in heaven with Jesus.
In “Left Behind – the Movie” Rev. Bruce Barnes (played by Clarence Gilyard), a minister, was left behind. See, he preached the Gospel and he knew Jesus was the Son of God, but that wasn’t enough. He said, “Knowing and believing are two different things.” He missed the boat and was left to deal with the coming Tribulation.
76% of the American population considers themselves Christian, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are saved. Still, if more than have of the U.S. population vanishes at the Rapture, the people left behind will have a tough time to say the least.
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