Thursday, January 28, 2016



First there will be the rapture of the church, His saints. This is when Jesus 
Himself will come down to the clouds to call His bride home. This is a joyful 
time that all believers are looking forward to.

looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing
of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.
And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and
remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet
the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

At the end of the tribulation, Jesus returns to earth with His saints, every eye, person on earth will see Him coming. There will be great mourning, not joy. There are two events, His appearing, and His returning. We know that no Christian would mourn the appearing of Jesus Christ. He is our blessed hope that we are watching for.

Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven,
and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn,
and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds
of heaven with power and great glory.

Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him,
even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth
will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

Jesus will appear a second time apart from sin to save His bride from God’s wrath to come, not return, but appear.  A pre-tribulation rapture.

10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead,
even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 1:10
28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who
eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time,
apart from sin, for salvation.

Hebrews 9:28


Only with a pre-tribulation rapture can Jesus come when no one knows the day or the hour. A thief in the night to the world, but true believers are told to watch for his appearing, which will be a joyful time.

For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord
so comes as a thief in the night.

But you, brethren, are not in darkness,
so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.

Remember therefore how you have received and heard;
hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch,
I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know
what hour I will come upon you.


We are told to always keep watching for our blessed hope and His glorious appearing, not His returning to earth. Those on this earth are so wrapped up in themselves, they can’t watch, let alone see through the darkness that blinds them to the truth.
42 Watch therefore, for you do not know
what hour your Lord is coming.

Matthew 24:42

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour
in which the Son of Man is coming.

You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 
Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.

He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, Lest they should
see with their eyes, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.”

John 12:40

There are those who mock us for believing in a pre-tribulation rapture. They say if you think you can escape, that is not in the scriptures, but it is. Only through Jesus Christ is one worthy to escape the coming tribulation. Do you really think that Jesus will drag His bride through the tribulation before taking us the heaven.

Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape
all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.

Much more then, having now been justified but His blood,
we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Romans 5:9

10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead,
even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 1:10

Do not be deceived, there are those who say we are already in the tribulation. But remember Jesus said there would always be tribulation in this world. If you read the  book of Revelation, you would know we are not in Thee Tribulation. 

God’s word tells us that Satan is the prince of the air.

in which you once walked according to the course of this world,
according to the prince of the power of the air,
the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,

Ephesians 2:2

We know God cast him out of heaven because Satan wanted to be like God, the Most High. Satan plans to make war against Jesus and His saints and exalt himself above God.

The Fall of Lucifer
12 How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart:
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’

Isaiah 14:12-14

We can only imagine what great anger Satan will have from the book of Revelation, when he sees Jesus descend to the clouds to claim the dead in Christ and also the living. Souls Satan knows he can never touch. At this point Satan knows his time is short, bringing great wrath down to the earth. Thankfully we are in heaven rejoicing.

Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them!
Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea!
For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath,
because he knows that he has a short time.”

During the tribulation many will realize that Jesus is the promised Messiah and be saved, their names are written in the Book of Life. These new believers will make a stand against Satan. At this time God grants Satan authority to make war with His saints on earth. But those who worship Satan do not have their names in the Book of Life, they had been blotted out.

He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garment,
and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but
I will confess his name before My Father and before the angel.

Revelation 3:5

Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to
blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell
in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints
and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every
tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship
him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the
Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Revelation 13:6-8

The saints that were raptured before the tribulation will be returning with Jesus at the end, they are coming with Him for battle, when Jesus sets up His kingdom. These saints are referred to as His bride. We are given a description of how the saints will be clothed.

Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage
of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”
And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright,
for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

Revelation 19:7-8

14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen,
white and clean, followed Him on white horses.

Revelation 19:14

His bride watches, and is always ready, for He will come as a thief in the night, coming to the clouds at an hour you do not expect.

Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man
is coming at an hour you do not expect.

And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came,
and those who were ready went in with him
to the wedding; and the door was shut.

17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together
with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 4:17, 18

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