Friends in Christ I believe the rapture is coming very soon. As the events in the Middle East come to a head, as Israel’s enemies solidify their goals to attack the Israeli Defense Force, future prophecy will soon be a reality. Psalms 83, the preemptive strike by Israel on her enemies, the total destruction of Damascus, the capturing of the Arab land & oil, the rise of the Anti-Christ to have the leader of Israel to sign a peace treaty, are all straight ahead within the next 15 short months. Rapture Happening Soon I believe the rapture will happen in this time period to prepare the way of God’s wrath in the tribulation. The saints in the ground will rise first, and then those that are alive in the Holy Spirit will follow to forever be with our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. As you have seen in the last several weeks thing have speeded up in that region as these demon possessed leaders of the Arab world line up to make war with God’s chosen people. It is Finished We do well to understand the act expressed by our Lord at Calvary’s cross with these words; “it is finished” was
an accomplished fact from eternity and for all eternity. It had to be fulfilled in …”the fullness of time.” Jesus was before the foundation of the world because he is from eternity and for all eternity. In John 17:24, we read …”for thou loved me before the foundation of the world”. Peter confirms, “Who verily was ordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you” (1st Peter 1:20). Devil was Defeated Jesus came in the fullness of time and demonstrated his status as Messiah with great power, accompanied by great signs and wonders. He defeated the devil on Calvary’s cross, died, was buried, arose on the third day and ascended into Heaven. He was Raptured! With his Rapture, he became the firstfruit from among the dead. While victory over death has already been accomplished, it is not visible reality as far as the body is concerned. Every day, countless believers in the Lord die and are buried, fulfilling the Scripture, ….”absent from the body and present with the Lord” (2nd Corinthians 5:8). However, the visible final victory over the last enemy, which is death, has not been fulfilled so the Rapture is absolutely necessary.
All Enemies under His Feet First Corinthians 15:25-26 reads, “For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death”. In order to solve this problem, the apostle Paul begins verse 51 with these words, “Behold I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep (die), but we shall all be changed, in the moment in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (1st Corinthians 15: 5153). The mystery is beginning to be revealed to us; we shall be changed. Our mortal body will be translated into a glorious body of immortality. This is Necessary Verse 54 explains why this is necessary, “So when this corruptible shall put on incorruption, and this mortal shall put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory”. Only at the Rapture will death be finally defeated by the Church! Triumphantly, the next verse
exclaims, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (Verse 55) In view then of this wonderful prophetic fulfillment that is yet to come, the apostle Paul cautions believers, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (verse 58). Please friends in Christ take comfort in these words, our savior is coming soon, please be ready at the last trump!