If you are reading this, then millions of people have vanished off the face of the earth, and you want to know why. The more important question, ultimately, is why were you left behind? I can answer both of these questions for you. Let's tackle the first of the two questions now: Where did everyone go?
That question is simple to answer, but you may not want to accept it. Those who disappeared are in heaven right now with Jesus Christ, their Lord and Savior. Everyone who vanished was a born-again Christian, believing in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every single one of them. How can I know that? Because I'm one of them. And because it was predicted thousands of years ago in a book called the Bible. Don't take my word for it, but examine some of the actual words describing the events in Scripture itself. It says this in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17:
"For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever."
These words were written nearly two thousands years ago. It promises that the Lord will return for His Church, often called the Bride of Christ. Without getting too bogged down in terminology, Jesus returned, and now everyone who believed in Him and had given their lives over to Him are in heaven forever, with their Lord, perfectly happy and at peace. I promise you, you have no need to fear for the well-being of anyone who has vanished. They can not be touched by sorrow, fear, or death ever again, but will experience joy, peace, and happiness on a scale unimaginable until there to experience it. Their safety is secured. Yours is not. It's time we answered the second question: why were you left behind?
After reading the explanation for the disappearances, you may have already come to the logical conclusion that answers the second question: you were left behind because you didn't have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, He was not your personal lord and savior. You may be saying "But I believed in Him, and He left me here!" Jesus Himself says that not all who claim to know Him truly do. Examine His words in Matthew 7:21-23:
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!"
Jesus here is talking to those who claim to have a relationship with Him. I want you to notice something. Jesus never says "Depart from Me, you never did the good works I required." and He never said "Depart from Me, you didn't attend the right denomination." or "Depart from Me, you didn't feel the right way about me." No, He says "Depart from Me, I never knew you." The phrasing is very important. It's not our works that save us. It's not our denomination or our spiritual fervor that will get us into heaven. It's a cross and a Man who was sacrificed for the sins of all mankind, Jesus the Son of God. According to Ephesians 2:8-9:
"It is by grace you are saved through faith - and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of God - not of works, lest any man should boast."
Knowing Him is the only way into heaven, and if you have been left behind, then you did not know Him like you believed you did. Your faith was placed in another area, and not solely and squarely in the savior. Perhaps you trusted in your works to save you, feeling that Jesus would accept you for your good deeds. Or perhaps you felt that accepting Him gave you free license to sin to your heart's desire, although it clearly states in Romans 6:1-2:
"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid! How can we who are dead to sin continue any longer therein?"
Perhaps you felt that your denomination was the only one which was true, and the only one which could save you. I know this is true of certain denominations, who feel that they have the inside track to salvation and only in the auspices of their church can one find salvation, but Jesus is bigger than a denominational difference, and if your faith was in belonging to the right group, you see now how far that gets you. Whatever the case may be, you are left here and need answers. Well, keep reading because there are more to be had.
If you want further proof, think on those you know who were taken. Perhaps it was family members, maybe a neighbor down the street, but odds are at least one person in your immediate sphere has disappeared. Think about them and their lives. Were any of them atheists? Agnostics? Buddhists? Muslims? Hindus? Scientologists? The answer is no. I don't have to know these people to know what they were because the Bible is clear who will be taken: those who know the Lord as their savior.
Now that we know what has happened and why you have remained, you have a choice to make. You can dismiss what I've said here as conjecture and folly, or you can accept it for what it is: the truth of God, and accept Him into your heart, this time truly, and be saved. You will not find yourself suddenly raptured away if you repent and put your faith in Him now, but you will have a place in paradise waiting for you. But only if you put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. I urge you to do that first, then continue reading.
Whether you chose to heed my advice or not in the last paragraph, you are welcome to the answers that I will be giving to some important questions that, if you are not yet asking yourself, you may be asking very soon. What happens next? What can I do about it? Will I ever see my loved ones, my friends and my family, again? I will attempt to answer all three of those questions for you to the best of my ability. First, let's start with what happens next.
The Rapture has come and gone, and you have been left on planet earth. I'm sorry to tell you, but the worst is yet ahead of you. The time you are entering is known in scripture as the Tribulation. It is a period of seven years in which the wrath of God will be made manifest upon the earth in supernatural and terrible ways. Describing the time in which you are now living, Jesus said in Matthew 24:21:
" For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now--and never to be equaled again."
I would encourage you to read the entire chapter in Matthew, as much of it deals with this topic, if you have access to a Bible. If you do not, please click here to be directed to the chapter in question. The Tribulation, however, does not start immediately after the Rapture. The Tribulation is actually initiated by a peace treaty between Israel and her neighbors. This treaty will last for a period of seven years, and it is by this treaty's signing that the time period of the Tribulation is reckoned.
There is another reason to watch this treaty: there will emerge a world leader who will promote this treaty. This man will promise peace, and seem well capable of providing it. This man is prophesied about in the Bible, and is known as the Antichrist. He is a man of evil, but well-masked to those who are not on their guard. This man will eventually, if he does not do so prior to the treaty, gain control over the entire planet. He will consolidate nations into a one world government. The Bible warns about this man in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4:
" Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God."
This "man of lawlessness" (also called the son of perdition) is the Antichrist, referred to in the book of Revelation, which deals heavily with the events of the end times and can be read in full here, refers to him as "The Beast". According to Revelation 13:5-8:
" The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. It was given power to wage war against God's holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast--all whose names have not been written in the Lamb's book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world."
If you have just accepted the Lord as your savior, do not be afraid. Yes, these verses do indicate that the Antichrist will have authority to "conquer" those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ, but only unto death. While this may seem intimidating, to say the very least, it is no cause for fear. Remember, man, even the Antichrist with all his demonic powers which will be made manifest in time, and his worldwide network and authority, can only kill you. Your soul is untouchable by the evil one, and will stand in the presence of God. You truly have nothing to fear. Matthew 10:28 says:
" Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell."
That fear is the fear that leads to repentance and faith in Christ, something that will transform a person inside and out, making them a new creature, as scripture says. My personal favorite verse to describe the kind of change accepting Christ will make in a person's life comes from the Old Testament, but beautifully describes the change He has made in my own life, and can make in yours if you have not yet allowed Him into your life. The verse is Ezekiel 36:26:
"I will give you a new heart and a new spirit; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh."
Those who are saved will no longer be cold and indifferent, or worse, towards God, but when He restores the heart, it starts to long for His presence and His truth. Even though the world is about to collapse around you, you will know the One who is in control, and who will keep the promises of Deuteronomy 31:8:
"It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed."
The Antichrist will make war against God's children, and many will be put to death. This will be a very difficult time, but it will be worse for those who are not believers in the Lord and have not accepted Him as their personal Lord and Savior, for the very wrath of God will descend upon the Earth through these seven years, and supernatural plagues will afflict the planet. There are twenty-one plagues in total, and they are grouped into three groups of seven. The first seven are called the seal judgments and result from the Lamb (that is Jesus) opening the seals on a scroll in heaven with writing inside and outside of it. The second set of judgments are called the trumpet judgments, for they fall upon the earth as each angel blows a trumpet. The last three of these are referred to in Revelation as "terrible troubles" and will be worse than the other trumpet judgments. The last seven are known as the vial or bowl judgments and are inflicted upon the planet, primarily upon the "kingdom of the Beast" as the angels pour out the vials or bowls of God's wrath upon mankind. Though the last seven are generally expected to be the most severe, only those who will be going through this period, which means you my dear reader, will be able to tell which is worst to you.
If you would like to learn more about these judgments, I will provide links to scripture about these judgments. It would take too long to discuss them in their entirety, as they take up the bulk of the Book of Revelation, and there is still more to discuss. If you would like to learn more about the seal judgments, click here. Please note that the seventh seal is not mentioned on this site. Scripture tells us in Revelation 8:1:
" When he [that is Jesus] opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour."
If you would like to know more about the trumpet judgments, please click here. The final judgment in this category is described in Revelation 11:15-19:
"The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign. The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name,both great and small—and for destroying those who destroy the earth.” Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm."
If you are interested in learning about the bowl (also known as the vial) judgments, click here. If you are not interested in knowing what is coming, or you have finished reading about them, keep reading for further details on what you can expect in the next seven years.
There will come a time when the Antichrist, whom we previously discussed, will instigate a system of managing world affairs, and of declaring loyalty to his system, which will involve a mark or implant of some kind administered to the head or right hand of the people. The Bible has grave warnings about the reception of this mark, and no man or woman who takes this mark upon themselves can be redeemed beyond that point. In point blank language, this mark is a one-way ticket to Hell itself. In Revelation 14:9-11 we see this warning:
"And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God's wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”
The mark may take many potential forms, but the most likely is an RFID chip or some other type of implanted microchip that will be administered by this one-world government under the direction of the Antichrist. The Bible has more to say, and warns that, in Revelation 13:16-17:
" It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name."
Please, do not allow this threat to goad you into accepting a mark with eternal consequences for your soul. This is an irreversible decision that will determine if you spend eternity in Hell, or if hope of heaven yet remains for you. No man or woman who is in Christ Jesus, that is, has been saved by His sacrificial death and made a new person, can accept this mark. It comes with the acknowledged allegiance to a man who is the instrument of Satan himself.
At this point I think we should revisit the second question we asked a while back: What can I do about this? The answer is simple: if you mean what can you do to prevent these things from taking place, the answer is nothing. But there are things you can do. You can spread the word that Jesus Christ has returned for His church, that the vanishings were the Rapture, and that those who put their faith in Jesus Christ may yet be reunited with their loved ones in Heaven. The most important thing you can do, however, is to accept Jesus Christ as your lord and savior and repent, or turn away, from your sins, forsaking them for a life with Jesus Christ. This, ultimately, is the greatest decision you can ever make. Be vigilant, however, as Christians will be heavily targeted during this period. The Antichrist has been given authority to make war upon God's people. You will want to listen to God's guiding in your heart as you navigate the next seven years. Listen to the Holy Spirit. He was sent for your benefit. Jesus speaks of Him, saying in John 14:26:
"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you."
Remember to trust God fully in all things. Remember, He is the one who will sustain you if you have any hope of surviving past the end of the Tribulation. God will be with you, if you have accepted Jesus into your heart. And He has promised to never leave you nor forsake you, as we have seen in a previous verse above. As for trusting in Him, Proverbs 3:5-6 says:
"Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."
It is time to examine the final of the questions we asked a while ago: Will I see those I love again someday? The answer to that question was hinted at in the answer to the previous one, however the answer is largely conditional upon your acceptance of Jesus Christ. If you allow Him into your life, to be your Lord and God, then yes, you will see those you love again someday. You will either be reunited with them upon your death from those things which are being done to the planet, or, should you survive the Tribulation, you will be reunited with them at its end, when Jesus Christ returns in the flesh to establish His kingdom on Earth. If you do not accept Jesus Christ before the end of the Tribulation, you will not be seeing your loved ones again, because your destination is not heaven, nor the kingdom of Christ, but your destination is the lake of Fire; Hell. I hope if you are still reading this, you have committed your life to Jesus by this point, and will be spared such a horrific fate. What will happen at the end of the Tribulation? An event known as "Armageddon".
The name Armageddon has come to be a little misleading in today's culture. It often is used to refer to an apocalyptic world-ending scenario, such as the famous movie by that title starring Bruce Willis, however this is not the Biblical definition of the term. The term comes from the words "Har Megiddo" and refers to a place. This city is known as Megiddo and had been the site of many ancient battles due to its strategic trade route location. It will serve as the location for the greatest battle this world will ever see. The Battle of Armageddon. What happens during this battle? The armies of "the Beast" (the Antichrist) will make war against Someone who will be seated on a white horse. Unlike the white horse that the Antichrist was seated on (see the scroll judgments if you are lost at this point), the One seated on this horse is referred to as being called "Faithful and True". His identity is cemented by the name written on His thigh: King of Kings and Lord of Lords. It is Jesus Himself, and none other. The battle will go poorly for the Antichrist. In fact, it will be a complete and utter rout of his forces, and they will be slain to the man. The Bible says in Revelation 19:20-21:
"Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the Beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh."
The imagery of the sword coming from Jesus' mouth bears further examination. It is commonly believed, and I believe rightly so, that the sword represents the very Word of God, the Bible, that Jesus will speak. The sheer power of the Word of God being spoken by God Himself will be enough to slay any enemies of Jesus Christ that stand (foolishly) against Him. How do we know that the sword represents the Bible? Because of what is written in Hebrews 4:12:
" For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."
Here we see that the Bible, the Word of God, is being compared to a double-edged sword. This is the sword that will proceed out of the mouth of Jesus and slay those who stand against Him.
The victory of Jesus Christ is not the end of the story, however if you survive that far, I have faith the rest will be made known to you quickly, if you do not learn it somewhere along the way. There is much more that will transpire during the Tribulation, including the two witnesses of God who will preach the Gospel, defending themselves with fire from their mouths. They will be killed by the Antichrist, but God will raise them to life three days later and bring them to be with Him in heaven. There is the image of the Beast, which will be able to speak and demand to be worshiped. The Beast himself will receive what either is or appears to be a fatal wound, but it will be healed. He will also stand in the temple of God and declare his own divinity, though in reality he is the enemy of the one True God. If you want to know more about these events, you can find them in the books of Revelation and Daniel in the Bible. It may be advisable, if you do not have one, to obtain access to a Bible. If you are reading this shortly after the Rapture, as I hope you are, then you may find Bibles in the homes of those who were taken. It is important to get your hands on Scripture, if you can. The particular version is not all that important, as long as it's the Word of God. The events of Jesus' life can be found in the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
I would like you to know that as I end this, I am praying for all who will be reading these words, and I hope that you have begun a wonderful relationship with Jesus. He will be your light, though the world around you will be chaos and darkness. Whatever you do, do not believe the lies that the Antichrist will put forth. He may even claim that aliens abducted those who were raptured, and it's not impossible that perhaps aliens (though in reality they will be fallen angels, demons who are taking on an alien appearance to deceive people) will manifest themselves to corroborate such a claim. It does not matter what the circumstances are. What you have just read here is the truth, and, as Jesus said in John 8:32:
"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
May God bless you, and please keep His word close to your heart. Hopefully I will see you in seven years.