The Bible tells us that nothing is preventing the next event on God’s prophetic calendar, the Rapture of the Church. It will be preceded just momentarily by the sound of a trumpet and the voice of the Archangel of God heralding the event. Nothing conjures up more excitement among Christians than our anticipation of the sound of the Trumpet of God. At the Rapture, Christians who are dead will be raised and those still living will be “caught up” together with them into the presence of the Lord. Seven destructive years of tribulation will follow for those left behind, and then Jesus will return to reign for a thousand years as King. After every prophesied event has been fulfilled, our Lord has promised to lead His saints into a land beyond time, to live in His presence forever.
As I said, the sound of the trumpet is imminent. Nothing is preventing the beginning of the end. God has revealed the conditions that will unfold in the seven year tribulation period after the Rapture: Churches that once stood for the fundamental doctrines of the Bible will fall away from the truth. They will be self-centered rather than God-centered. They will erase the lines of distinction that have been drawn with blood down through the centuries, and join themselves together into one idolatrous church. Israel will be despised by the world and a hostile attitude toward her will prevail. The economy will become global and small world powers will melt together into colossal empires led by ambitious powermongers. Already we can see these and many other signs of the times on the horizon. Time is running out!
Friend, if the trumpet should sound today, are you ready? Those who have accepted Christ’s gospel by faith (i.e. His death, burial and resurrection) as God’s satisfactory payment for their sins, have nothing to fear. Those who spurn the grace of God thinking that they will seek God’s forgiveness later, will wish tomorrow that they had believed today. God help you to consider the gospel while there is yet time!