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Rapture        But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief;"
It seems that Paul associates the rapture with the beginning of the "day of the Lord"... rapture then wrath! (Any "day of the Lord"

There is definitely a rapture (1 Cor 15:51-52 and 1 Thes 4:16-17) and we, born-again Christians, will definitely be raptured out before God's wrath commences (1 Thes 5:9), but what is the sequence of events during the end times? Perhaps the verses between 1 Thes 4:16 and 5:9 will help us.

Remembering, it is man, and not God, who put in the chapter and verse divisions, what does God teach us through Paul?
"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 shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up (raptured) together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord. Now as to the times and the epochs [of what?], brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief;"
It seems that Paul associates the rapture with the beginning of the "day of the Lord"... rapture then wrath! (Any "day of the Lord" passages in the Old Testament will describe it as a day of "wrath".) It says here that it is the "day of the Lord" which comes "like a thief in the night," but if the rapture occurs immediately before it, that still raptures us out before God's wrath begins, and both would come as a thief in the night, right?
 
 
 

 

 
 
   
 
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Events Preceding the End

Three of the four gospels tell of Jesus' description of the end time events. In addition, the book of Revelation describes these events in some detail (although not completely in a sequential order). The complete text of each description is given in the references. The major events of these end times prophecies are included in the table below. The verse citations are color-coded and letter-labeled to indicate parallel passages in each account.

 
 
Event Matthew11 Mark12 Luke13 Revelation14
False Christsa 24:5, 23-26 13:6, 21-23 21:8  
Wars, famine, earthquakesb 24:6-7 13:7-8 21:9-11 6:2-8, 12
Great Tribulation of believersc 24:9-10, 21-22 13:9-20 21:12 6:9-11
Gospel preached to all nationsd 24:14 13:10   14:6
Astronomical signse 24:29 13:24-25 21:25 6:12, 8:12
Return of Christf 24:30 13:26 21:27 1:7
Rapture of believersg 24:31 13:27 17:34-36 7:9-14

SCRIPTURE VERSE
Matthew 24:27-31
Mark 13:24-27
Luke 17:24-30
21:25-30
1 Thess. 4:16-17
2 Thess. 2:1-4
1 Cor. 15:52-53
Rev. 1:7
Rev. 14:14-20
Visible as lightning
X
X
AFTER the tribulation
X
X
X
X
Jesus appears on the clouds
of heaven
X
X
X
X
X
X
Every eye will see Him
X
X
X
X
At the sound of a trumpet
X
X
X
With the voice of an angel
X
X
To gather - reap - rapture - redeem, the elect
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Then comes the wrath of God
X
 

 

 

Signs of the End of the Age

"Son of man, speak to the sons of your people, and say to them, 'If I bring a sword upon a land, and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him their watchman; and he sees the sword coming upon the land, and he blows on the trumpet and warns the people, then he who hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, and a sword comes and takes him away, his blood will be on his [own] head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood will be on himself. But had he taken warning, he would have delivered his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman's hand.'" Ezek 33:2-6

20 KEY PROPHECY SIGNS INDICATING THE END TIMES HAVE BEGUN

The Lord's coming is not signless.  The Lord's coming is not at any moment.  Jesus Christ will return to rapture the church to heaven only after the persecution of the Antichrist starts.  We are to stay awake, watching for the signs and specific prophesied events to precede His coming.  The "end times" is a reference to a short 7-year prophetic period called Daniel's 70th week. During this seven-year period there will be very specific prophetic signs that will identify and confirm if we are living in the last days. Based upon my studies, I have compiled a list of 20 events that must occur before Jesus returns.

Per below, the first three prophecy signs have been completed, (along with #12), the status of prophecy signs #4, #5,  #6 & #7 are uncertain, possibly being fulfilled today, and the remaining ones have not yet been fulfilled and are still future. Not only do I hope to use these prophecy signs as a tool to break down what is otherwise a complex subject, additionally we can look at these as markers to know if we are getting closer to Daniel's 70th week.  Our purpose is to prepare the Church for the Great Tribulation and the sufferings to be inflicted by the Antichrist.

Prophecy Sign #1:  The restoration of Israel to her land

Prophecy Sign #2: The occupation of the City of Jerusalem by the nation Israel...   (Then the Dividing of the city of Jerusalem by the nations...)

Prophecy Sign #3: Dramatic Increase in Travel and Knowledge.  Global Satellite Communications

Prophecy Sign #4: The Revival of the Roman Empire

Prophecy Sign #5: The Rise of the Antichrist

Prophecy Sign #6: Temple Rebuilt & Sacrifices Reinstated

Prophecy Sign #7: A seven year covenant signed with Israel

Prophecy Sign #8: The Mark of the Beast

Prophecy Sign #9: Antichrist receives a Deadly Head Wound

Prophecy Sign #10: The Antichrist is revealed. AKA The Abomination of Desolation

Prophecy Sign #11:  The Beginning of the Birth Pains

Prophecy Sign #12: The Preaching of the Gospel to all Nations

Prophecy Sign #13: The Rise of the False Prophet

Prophecy Sign #14: Gog of Magog attacks Israel

Prophecy Sign #15: Mystery Babylon Revealed & Destroyed

Prophecy Sign #16: Martyrdom of the Church and Jews

Prophecy Sign #17: The Coming of Elijah (One of Two Witnesses)

Prophecy Sign #18: Cosmic Signs and Disturbances in the Sky

Prophecy Sign #19: The 144,000 Sealed

Prophecy Sign #20: The Rapture of the Church


 

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