1. What is The Rapture?
The Rapture is the sudden removal of the believers in Christ, who are watching for his return. Jesus, descended from Heaven, caught up His Saints from the Earth, and took them to His Father's house in Heaven. Rapture” simply means to be “caught up", “taken away”, “removed”, "gathered", or "seized".
Christ calling His Bride to Arise and Come Away …
Song of Solomon 2:9-13 "My beloved [Christ] ... stands ... He looks forth at the windows, showing Himself through the lattice. My beloved [Christ] spoke, and said to me [the Bride, His Saints], Rise up, My love, My fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle [dove] is heard in our land; The fig tree [Israel] puts forth her green figs ... Arise, My love, My fair one, and come away."
This shows the Rapture, the ingathering of the First Fruits may be in the Springtime around God's appointed Day of "First Fruits". Christ is calling to the Bride and the Wise Virgins to come away with Him. This is the season of Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, and Pentecost. Christ was the first of the Firstfruits, and during the season between Passover and Pentecost would appear to be perfect timing for the remaining Firstfruits to be gathered from the Earth.
John 14:2-3 “In my Father's house are many mansions: … I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 “Behold, I show 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.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 “The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
Revelation 3:10 “Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”
Titus 2:12-13 "We should live soberly, righteously, and godly ... Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.”
Psalm 27:5 "In the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion."
2. Make sure Jesus is Your Savior Today!
Praying is simply talking with the Lord.
John 14:6 “Jesus said … I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Romans 10:13 "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
It isn’t too late to be saved. There will still be people preaching the salvation message during this time so don’t hesitate to get saved. You are going to need His strength as you have never needed it before. Seek out other believers and join with them. There is safety in numbers. Your life may depend on it. The 7 year Tribulation period will be the worse time the world has ever known, especially the last 3 ½ years.
Jesus didn’t just die for us, Jesus rose from the dead and walked out of the grave to show that sin and death no longer has any power over us! And although we may die here on Earth, He will take us to live in Heaven and will bring us back also to live with Him on the New Earth!
If you believe in Jesus, and trust that He took your punishment for your sins, ask Him to forgive you and be your Savior and you will be saved.
Praying is just talking to God, like you would talk to your brother, sister, or your best friend. You don't have to kneel to talk with God. You can talk to Him anywhere, anytime, about anything! Tell Him how you feel, ask for help when you're scared or facing something hard.
Pray for God to help you and give you strength to endure until you are taken out of this world. The next few years are going to be difficult to survive, but God will hear you, and He will help you. It won't be easy, but Jesus said, "He who endures to the end shall be saved" (Matthew 24:13).
3. I’m a Christian, Why Did I Miss the Rapture?
Jesus repeatedly warned the church to be on the alert for His coming. All of the “Ten Virgins” in Matthew 25:1-13 were Christians, but only half were ready for the Lord’s Coming. This parable presents the seriousness that 50% of Christians are unprepared for the Rapture!
Matthew 25:10 "The Bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with Him to the marriage: and the door was shut."
Luke 21:36 “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”
Hebrews 9:28 "To them that look for Him shall he appear the second time ..."
Titus 2:12-13 "We should live soberly, righteously, and godly ... Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.”
Mark 13:33-37 "Take heed (be alert), watch and pray: for you know not when the time is. For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and gave to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch therefore: for you do not know when the master of the house may come, in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning, Lest coming suddenly He find you (spiritually) sleeping: And what I say to you I say to all, Watch!"
Luke 12:45-46 "If that servant says in his heart, My Lord delays His coming … The Lord of that servant will come in a day when he looks not for Him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and … will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers."
Jesus was talking to Christians when He said He would, “appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.” He was warning the Christians that they could be in danger of being left to endure the Tribulation with the unbelievers. Jesus would not have said this if the servant were an unbeliever, because an unbeliever would expect to be left!
Most ministers teach that everyone who is saved will participate in the Rapture. The Scriptures teach just the opposite. Every Christian should Study God’s Word for themselves to see if what they are being taught is correct.
Paul Taught There was an Order to the Resurrection.
(1) Christ the Son of God, the first Firstfruit;
(2) A Firstfruit Resurrection of Old Testament Saints.
(3) A Firstfruit Resurrection and Rapture of New Testament Christians.
(4) The Resurrection of the Tribulation Martyrs before the “Day of God’s Wrath”.
(Plus a final Harvest of still living Tribulation Saints before the “Day of God’s Wrath”.)
1 Corinthians 15: 41-42 "One star differs from another star in glory ... so also is the Resurrection."
I Corinthians 15:22-23 “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his Own order: Christ, the Firstfruits: afterward they that are Christ's at His Coming.”
Here Paul the Apostle shows that there is an order to the resurrection, if every believer were resurrected at the same instant, there would be no order to the resurrection, and the above Scriptures would be meaningless: "Christ, the Firstfruits: afterward they that are Christ's at His Coming." (There were no commas in the original Greek text, they were supplied by the translator.)
Christ was the First of the Firstfruits, but His Bride will also be part of the Firstfruits. Revelation 14 clearly teaches that there will be a relatively large company of Firstfruit Saints. Then near the end of the tribulation, Christ will send out His Angels to gather up the rest of the still living Tribulation Christians, but they will not receive a resurrected body until after their death (which will be sometime during the thousand year Reign of Christ). The Spirits of all the Christians who die during the Tribulation will already be in Heaven, and they will receive their resurrected bodies.
Isaiah 65:20 "There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that has not filled his days (or an old man who dies prematurely): for the child shall die an hundred years old..." (During that thousand years, a person will be considered as a child if they die at 100 years of age.)
Revelation 14:4 “These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goes. These [The Bride] were redeemed from among men, being the Firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.”
The Rapture will surprise the world, and also astonish countless Christians. Make sure you are not among those who suddenly realize Jesus came and the door has been shut. You will still eventually make Heaven your home, but there will be sadness to find you missed out on God’s best for you.
The Pre-Tribulation Rapture is offered to all, but once the Rapture has taken place a large remnant of Christians will have to endure the Tribulation that will then come upon the entire World. Prayerfully they will choose to live for Christ, even if it may be to their death.
Millions of Christians and Jews will be killed during the tribulation for their belief in Jesus. It will ultimately become so bad that the Bible says blessed are those who die in the Lord from that point in time, and the moment they die they will immediately be in Heaven. If you have to die for your faith, it's worth it!
Revelation 14:12-13 “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from Heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth [from this time forward]: Yes, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.”
This warning is given to encourage Christians to be faithful until death and for the benefit of those who in that day shall be tempted to compromise with evil in order to preserve their lives for another 3½ years. This special class of dead who "Die In The Lord" will be blessed because they will be delivered from the trials and sufferings of the Great Tribulation, and will they will receive the "Martyr's Crown".
Revelation 2:10 “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a Crown of Life.”
What a contrast between the "Blessed Dead," and those who have the "Mark of the Beast". The Christians will rest from their labors, while the unbelievers shall not rest day or night. This cannot be said enough, the moment a Christian dies for not denying Christ they will immediately be in Heaven.
Determine to endure to the end! Don’t lose hope. Paul wrote, "If we endure, we shall also Reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us." (2 Timothy 2:12)
Be prepared to die for the cause of Christ. The day may come when Christians will be hunted down and killed. Satan will use everything at his disposal to stop the Word of God from being preached during this time. You will have to endure great hardship, but your reward in Heaven will be great.
Revelation 7:14-15 “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the Throne of God, ... and He that sits on the Throne shall dwell among them.”
Be sincere when witnessing for Jesus. Revelation 20:4states, “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 right hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years."
4. Read and Study God’s Word
Read Revelation and Daniel to see what is in store for those who are left behind. Make sure you have a printed Bible and keep it in a hidden safe place. The Bibles will soon be considered hate speech so try to hide God's Word in your heart while you can.
Hosea 4:6 "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."
2 Timothy 2:15 "Study [the Bible] to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly (accurately) dividing (understanding) the Word of truth."
Psalm 119:130 "The entrance (revelation) of Your Words gives light (wisdom); it gives understanding (discernment) to the simple (straightforward person)."
While this web site “www.HeavenQuestions.com” is still available, read the following pages and if possible you may want to print out a copy of “The Book of Revelation”. The “Notes of Clarification” which are included, may be helpful to have during the next few years.
1. The Ten Virgins
2. The Bride of Christ
3. Book of Revelation
4. Understanding the Rapture
5. America "Babylon the Great"
6. How Can We Know We’ll Go To Heaven?
7. Will Christians Go Through The Tribulation?
5. Keep Praying for Your Loved Ones who are Unbelievers
God will still answer prayers during the Tribulation. Your prayers may be the key to seeing your loved ones saved. Perhaps you will also help others survive and come to Christ. Be discerning however if the Rapture has already occurred. Jesus said in Luke 21:16-17 that people will be betrayed by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and some of them will cause you to be put to death. He was talking about the period you are living in right now if you have missed the Rapture.
6. If You Live in a City, Get Out and Stock up on Food & Water Now
Store it in a hidden location in or near your home.
You're going to be tempted to wait and see what happens, but if you do, it may be a fatal mistake.
The Tribulation will last for seven years, and concerning the last 3 ½ years, Jesus said in ...
Matthew 24:21-22 “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.”
If you see miracles and apparent wonders, many will be lying wonders. Deception will be the order of the day. Delusion will be everywhere, even in "churches".
Matthew 24:24 “There shall arise false Christ's, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
Mark 13:22 “False Christ's and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.”
7. Get a small, Self-Powered Radio
If you can't get the kind you crank by hand, get a battery-operated radio and a good supply of batteries, because you're going to need to listen. Don't believe the propaganda, but believe when they tell you about certain events relating to wars and geophysical calamities.
8. Refuse a Mark, Number, or Injection in Your Right Hand or Forehead
Which Could Be "The Mark of the Beast" See "Are MicroChips the Mark?"
If where you live is under a powerful world leader refuse ANY type of injections because this world leader [the Antichrist] will require everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to be given a mark in their right hand or their forehead (this is called the mark of the beast). The life of many believers, and even their children, during this time may end in beheading for refusal to take the mark. Without the mark, you will not be able to buy or sell, but it’s better to be shut out of the world economy and lose your physical life than be damned forever to the lake of fire. Never forget, the moment you, your children, or any of your loved ones die, you or they will be instantly be taken to Heaven. The pain of death will be short-lived and there will be no more death, pain, or tears ever again.
Revelation 20:4 “I saw the souls of them that were beheaded [killed] 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.”
Revelation 13:15-18 “He [the false prophet] had power to give life unto the image of the beast [image of the Antichrist], that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast [Antichrist] should be killed. And he caused all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. ”
Revelation 14:9-11 “And the third Angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God … and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone … And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, [those] who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name.”
This third Angel, who is actually flying in the sky, warns all the people who are still alive on Earthdo not worship the Antichrist and do not take his “Mark” in their forehead or hand or they will be tormented for eternity.
9. Do not Align with the World Leader [Antichrist]
Many are going to love him, but if you listen to his lies, you'll be drawn into a strong delusion that may seal your eternal fate (2 Thessalonians 2:9–12).
Mark the day the Antichrist moves his image into the temple in Jerusalem. When that happens, you will know there are only "1,260 days" or "3 ½ years" left before Christ returns to earth with His saints. Daniel refers to 1290 days, which includes thirty days of cleansing. Angels will gather the living believers from earth sometime after the 3 ½ year mark, but even after this gathering, unbelievers on earth will still have the opportunity to call out to God and receive Christ as their Savior.
Following is an excerpt taken from the "Prelude" to - Revelation Chapter 7.
Chapter 7 is an entire chapter with extra details telling about God Sealing the Israelites to protect them from His wrath, and about the Resurrection of the Tribulation Martyrs.
At this time, God also removes the remaining believers in Christ, who are still alive on earth, before He pours out His Wrath, but we are not given the details of this group until ...
Revelation 15:2-4 "I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses."
Angels bring these living Tribulation Saints to the Throne Room in Heaven before the “Day of God’s Wrath”. Both these groups, the living people who are still in their human bodies, along with all the 144,000 Israelites who are still alive, will inhabit the Earth in their human bodies during the Millennium.
God's Word assures us that His Children do not go through the “Day of God’s Wrath”
1 Thessalonians 1:10 “His Son from heaven, ... delivered us from the wrath to come.”
1 Thessalonians 5:9 “God has not appointed us to Wrath.”
Romans 5:9 “Being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from Wrath.”
The 144,000 Jews will remain on earth so they are sealed for their protection from God’s Wrath which will come upon the inhabitants of the entire Earth.
Revelation 11:3 "And I [Jesus] will give power unto My two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days [3½ years], clothed in sackcloth."
The two witnesses have prophesied for 3½ years.
1260 Days = 42 months or 3½ years.
A Biblical year has 360 days, having 12 months of 30 days each.
Brief Outline of some things that will happen During the 6th Seal and the 6th Trumpet
Revelation 7:1-8: The Israelites are Sealed for their protection during God's Day of Wrath.
Revelation 7:9-17: The Resurrection of the Martyrs who came out of great Tribulation.
Revelation 11:11-12: The Two Witnesses are Killed, Resurrected and Ascend to Heaven.
Revelation 15:2-4: Angels carry the still living Tribulation Saints to the Throne Room in Heaven.
10. If Captured by Authorities, Do Not Deny Jesus Christ as Your Lord
It is better to die than deny Christ. If you deny Jesus Christ, you will be assigned to await the awful great white throne judgment. Many will die after the Rapture for their faith, but they all are seen in Heaven.
Luke 12:8 “Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess Me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God.”
Revelation 20:11–12,15 “I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Revelation 7:9,14-15 “After this I beheld, and, lo, a Great Multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands ... These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb ... they are before the throne of God ... and He that sits on the Throne shall dwell among them.”
Revelation 20:4 “I saw the souls of them that were beheaded [killed] 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 [were resurrected] and reigned with Christ a thousand years."
11. Pray for the Jewish people and the Nation of Israel
They're going to be suffering to a greater degree than any other group on Earth. That's why the Tribulation is called "The time of Jacob's trouble".
Jesus said it's going to be worse for the Jewish people than anything they've ever experienced in the past. Psalm 122:6says, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem." In Zechariah 14:2, we are told that all the nations of the world will be against Israel in her final holocaust.
Do not speak evil of Israel or her people, no matter the pressure. These people are God's chosen people and Satan will do everything that he can to wipe them off of the face of the earth.
Did You Miss the Rapture?