The propagated course of the end times and the details told about it are sometimes very misleading. There will be a (secret) rapture and a thousand-year kingdom of peace on earth, according to some theses. However, there should not be any ambiguity about this. Simply pick up the Bible yourself and learn the truth.
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Descriptions are circulating about the end times, which according to the announcements in the Bible are undoubtedly already in the accelerated process, which cannot be reconciled with the words of God. One of the most common stories is the so-called secret rapture of the Christian communities, the subsequent tribulation, the arrival of the Anti-Christ and the final arrival of the Messiah. He will establish a thousand-year kingdom here on earth in which peace and harmony will reign. During these thousand years people then have the opportunity to convert. All in connection with a third temple in Jerusalem. Christians, Jews, Muslims and other believers will live in unity and peace on earth.
A variant that is even represented by Protestant churches and also agrees with the ideas of the Jewish faith. This is obviously also the intention, since the “great global unity religion” is ultimately the goal. After all, “Hollywood” tried the actor Nicolas Cage for the production of the film “Left Behind” (2014). A movie that is supposed to represent the “sudden rapture” with the possible consequences for the given time.
However, this presentation of the end times and “after” times is quickly proven to be in error when the Bible is consulted. For example, for the thesis of a (secret) advance rapture Matthew 24:40-41 used as (alleged) evidence:
“Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.”
Exactly the same as shown in the Hollywood movie, only there weren’t field workers and millers, but a co-pilot and the little brother of a leading actress, among other things. Even a priest was left behind. This is apparently intended to improve credibility when many a well-known pastor should still be alive and kicking on earth despite the “rapture”.
The supposed proof of the early rapture based on the above-mentioned verses in Matthew goes up in smoke when this statement made by Jesus during the Sermon on the Mount is read in context. The “effort” for this is only reading the preceding and following verses. Admittedly, opening the Bible or clicking on it for the Internet version is more strenuous than simply adopting what you have heard and seen, coming from self-declared “ambassadors of salvation”. Already from verse 29 it becomes clear that this rapture will be at the time of Jesus’ return and not some time before. The supplementary reading of the following verses was also sufficient to clear up the heresy of an early rapture. Matthew 24:42-44:
“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up..”
It doesn’t get any clearer. The raptures and the leaving do not happen at a time X before the beginning of the tribulation, but at Jesus’ return. With this moment, however, the end is sealed. No further 3.5 or 7 years will follow. The raptured are the redeemed and those left behind are the lost. In addition, the Bible offers a few other passages that not only describe the details of Jesus’ return, but also rule out an early rapture.
The variant of 7 years of “purification” and “healing” in the future, in which an Anti-Christ will make a covenant with many and stop grain and burnt offerings, with the subsequent arrival of the Messiah, does not come from what the Bible says , but is a “terrific” idea of the Jesuits Francisco Ribera and Robert Cardinal Bellarmine, late 16th century. They created what is known as futurism by simply separating the last week of the 70-year week according to Daniel 9:27 and moving it into the future, including “embellishments”. A purely idiosyncratic interpretation. Why? The Vatican or the papacy had long been identified by the first Protestants as the Anti-Christ, also described in Revelation.
The Jesuits, founded in 1534 and in 1540 by Pope Paul III. unleashed on mankind, have only one goal: the destruction of Protestantism (Counter-Reformation), which really took off in 1517. After all, until then, the common people were forbidden to have their own Bible. Martin Luther translated the Bible into German and William Tyndale into English. The distribution of the Bible broke through the Vatican’s monopoly on interpretation. Now it was time to act accordingly. To do this, the Catholic Church to be taken out of the line of fire of the fingers pointing at the Antichrist. With the shift of the 70th week into the future and the connection with the Anti-Christ, he had not yet appeared at all. The descriptions in Revelation most apt to the papacy were thus “taken out of context.” The success of this new interpretation, brought into the world by Jesuits, can also be seen from the distribution by the Protestant churches.
One can only speculate about the reasons for the false teaching about the pre-rapture that was brought into the world. At least this variant suggests a quasi second chance. But this does not exist. When Jesus returns, he will have his reward for everyone according to their works. For example in Revelation 22:12 : “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”. That means nothing other than that the verdicts have already been pronounced. The judgment (first in the house of God) was already underway. How else can the reward be fixed when Jesus returns? At the very least, the unanimous expectation of Christians and Jews regarding the future Messiah and his actions appears to be of primary importance.
The Bible gives clear information about future events. One only has to read them and compare the easily understandable statements with the sermons of the “modern theologians”.
There is no (secret) rapture. This “fails”. Therefore, all believers will also have to go into the tribulation. Matthew 24:21: “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” God will shorten the days because otherwise there would be no one left on earth. Matthew 24:22: “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”
But Jesus will come “like a thief”, that is, completely surprising in a situation of contemporary everyday life. Exactly when hardly anyone expects it. 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3: “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” The time of the end will be like it was in Noah’s time before the flood. The return of Jesus will come as a surprise to the “cheeky and scoffers” as will the sudden rain after Noah and his family were safely inside the ark.
With the return of Jesus, the justified dead will rise and the justified living ones will be transformed and come together to meet Jesus. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52: “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a 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 be changed.”
Jesus will appear as lightning rises in the east and shines to the west. Matthew 24:27: “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” All eyes will be able to see Jesus (in reality and not only via TV, radio, other media and hearsay). Revelation 1:7: “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”
Those who have already died and have not been declared righteous will remain in the grave. Revelation 19:21: “And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”. This clearly depicts that all the ungodly will come to a sudden end. Any living left behind will die. The earth will be desolate and empty. Satan and his apostate angels will “wander about” here doomed to inactivity for 1000 years. During this time the saints will reign in heaven and administer judgment (to the ungodly and to be able to see the righteousness of Jesus’ judgments). A heresy is therefore also the version of a thousand-year kingdom of peace on earth.
After the 1000 years, Satan will be released again. All this can be read clearly in Revelation 20:3-8:
“And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.”
All other dead will rise. Satan incites the risen ones to attack the assembled people of God. The convicts are finally destroyed. (What is the mark of the beast? –> here)
At Jesus’ return, some of the condemned will also be resurrected. However, only in order to be able or to witness the return of Jesus. However, these will perish again with the final annihilation of the earth. Clear indications of this can be found in Revelation 1:7:”Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”. The people who “pierced” him, that is, who tormented and crucified him, will also see Jesus’ return. Already described in Daniel 12:2:“And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Jesus also announced this event to the Pharisee and high priest Caiaphas. Matthew 26:64: “Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.”
Jesus comes to earth with the saints and the New Jerusalem. After the destruction of Satan and the ungodly, a new earth (restoration) is created. The condition will be like in the first days after creation. Revelation 21:1-2 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
Only the few examples show that the widespread theses of an early rapture, a 1000-year kingdom on earth in peace and harmony, cannot be “completely correct”. The truth is quite different and to learn it, you just have to read the Bible itself(!).
Bible verses from King James Version