When is the Rapture

Many mornings when I do a quick read of the news on my iPad I will say, “I don’t see anything about a bunch of people who have disappeared, the rapture must not have happened, so we didn’t get left behind!” Patty just rolls her eyes at me, and humors my attempt at eschatological humor.

One of the discussions that comes up with followers of Jesus Christ is, “does the rapture take place before, in the middle of, or at the end of the Tribulation?” As a believer in Jesus that is a pretty serious question because it is also asking the question, “do Christians go through the tribulation.” If you read the description of the Tribulation in the last book in the Bible, Revelation you will quickly come to the realization that those seven years are a hundred times worse than now. Then it will be a “mark” on the back of our hand or on our forehead instead of a face mask that everyone is expected to have, and instead of getting scolded, or fined, or catching COVID, we will be killed if we don’t comply. The bad thing about agreeing to receive the “Mark” is that the consequence is far worse than being killed.

Revelation 14:9-11 Then another angel . . . saying with a loud voice, “If anyone . . .receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone . . . forever and ever; they have no rest day and night,

I am going to start teaching a class on Eschatology, Sunday mornings, October 18th, at 9:15 to 10:15 am. We will look at what the Bible says about the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Kingdom of God, and many other very important topics. We will look at what are some of the “signs of the times,” and what they suggest about when Jesus is coming back.

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