Friday, October 26, 2018

Events leading to Rapture (U56)

Great Heavenly Blackout
Rev 6:12-13 I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.
    The fifth seal is the period of great tribulation for Christians where they were persecuted and many martyred. So immediately after the great tribulation, there will be a great earthquake worldwide, when everyone will be forced to flee from their buildings into the open.
    Our Lord Jesus will then cover the earth from the solar system and the universe. When the moon cannot receive any light from the sun, it will immediately turn blood red and then black and this will be seen by all.
    As the whole sky becomes completely black, many tiny lights appeared in heaven. As they grow bigger they look like stars, which seem to fall to earth as figs falling from the trees.
Mat 24:29 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken."

Sign of the Son of Man
Mat 24:30 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.
   As the stars become bigger and bigger we can make out that they are actually the heavenly host of angels descending from heaven in glory. At the same time, there will be the sounding of trumpets in the heavens that can be heard everywhere on earth.
    As these stars become bigger and bigger, the trumpets sound gets louder and louder. Then all eyes will see our Lord Jesus Christ coming in the clouds in power and great glory.
    At the sounding of the last trumpet, the dead in Christ will be raised in their new incorruptible  bodies to meet the Lord in the cloud.
I Cor 15:51-53  Behold, I tell 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 trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

Rapture of Overcoming Christians
Mat 24:31 "And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."
    At the sounding of the last trumpet (no connection with the seven trumpets in Rev 8) and the loud shout of the Archangel, the dead in Christ will rise first follow by His elect (overcomers), to meet the Lord in the cloud and be with Him forever.
1Thess 4:16 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. 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. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Tit 2:11-13 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,