Will You Be Left Behind To Face A Time Of Terrifying Horror?
Iran on Wednesday denied as "baseless" a report it was close to clinching a deal to import 1,350 tons (1,372 tons) of purified uranium ore from Kazakhstan to restock its depleted reserves.
Any such deal would violate United Nations sanctions imposed on Iran in 2006 over its nuclear program. Uranium ore, also known as "yellow cake", can be enriched to use for fuel either for reactors or nuclear weapons. ynetnews.com
Iran will continue to deny and connive their way to a nuclear weapon. I would say that the Israeli governments analysis of Iran's ability to achieve nuclear weapons capability by the end of 2010 is accurate. Certainly, this will lead to the ultimate showdown between Israel and Iran but will peace come first (Ezekiel 38:11&12)? There's also the prospect of the next world war which will claim the lives of one-quarter of the world (Revelation 6:2-8). Will the Battle of Gog & Magog only play a part of this coming much larger war or will they breakout separately?
I realize that wars and rumors of wars have been the story of planet earth for centuries but the magnitude has never been greater and it's going to get a lot worse as we get closer to the tribulation period.
Of course, the first thing we should be looking for is the rapture of the church (I Thessalonians 4:13-18). And if you don't believe there will be a pre-tribulation rapture that's okay...there's a lot more things to worry about in this life then that and you won't lose your salvation. But for those of us who do, I believe life will be pretty normal up until the time the Lord sends shockwaves around the world. This is what I Thessalonians 5:2-4 has to say about this event:
"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. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief."
I believe this to be a picture of the transformation from a pre-tribulation period to the day after the rapture. It's hard to say what will transpire directly after the rapture takes place due to insufficient Biblical facts.
I would venture to say that there'll probably be a period of time that will pass before the actual tribulation period comes about. It could be as short as a few days or years before a peace treaty with Israel comes about. If you remember, the signing of a peace agreement between Israel and the coming Antichrist marks day one of the tribulation period.
During that time between the rapture and the beginning of the tribulation period I believe Satan will cause the Antichrist and false prophet to rise to great power in a very short time. For it will be Satan who will give him "his power, and his seat, and great authority" (Revelation 13:2b). How long this will take would only be a guess but they will take the world by storm. Eventually, Satan will enter the Antichrist and demand universal worship as God. The false prophet's job will be to promote the worship of the Antichrist through great signs and wonders (Revelation 13:11-17). I can't image the (whole) world coming to the place of worshipping a man but the Bible says that day will come.
But before this happens, there will be a great falling away, which I believe will be enhanced by the departing of the Holy Spirit. He will go when all Christians are raptured but will return when 144,000 witnesses are filled and sealed at the beginning of the tribulation. This falling away will be twofold where Christians will be taken, and without their influence, a great spiritual falling away will occur on earth.
Following the rapture I believe man will become increasingly evil and religion will become institutionalized. A Christ centered church will no longer exist. God will take on an impersonal role in the church and it will be more ceremonial than anything else. The belief that God is the same God to all but under different names for different religions will be the world's central belief. That is until the Antichrist declares himself to be God, then all religions and beliefs will cease and the world will serve him. Satan will have little tolerance for the jihadists and terrorists of the world putting them down in quick order. There will be no other god but Antichrist (Satan)!
This will be a very dark time and the change will be shocking yet subtle. "Then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. (1 Thessalonians 5:3)
The Bible says that this time will be the most horrible and terrible in the history of mankind where men will seek death but death will flee from them. Did you hear me! Men will actually try to kill themselves but God will not allow them to die (Revelation 9:6). At this point, suicide will be preferable to most!
It is likely that many of the end time wars listed in the Bible will have transpired by this time. It is also quite likely that civilization as we know it will be a distant memory. The vast majority of the global population will either be dead, dying or awaiting a most horror fate with little hope. Jesus Himself prophesied of that day saying, "Except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened (Matthew 24:22)."
Will you be left behind to face the most horrible and terrifying time in history? If you don't know the Lord as Savior that's exactly what will happen!
Are you ready to meet the Lord? If not, your time is running out!
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