Suddenly- In the Twinkling of an Eye! Too Fast to See!

Suddenly- In the Twinkling of an Eye! Too Fast to See!

God is “stepping on the end-time gas pedal” and revving world events toward the Rapture of the church. Prophetic activity is moving faster than ever and events are speeding up as we “see the Day approaching.” (Heb. 10:25)

Suddenly: And Without Warning Jesus Will Appear!

Last days’ events happen quickly. Even suddenly. The word “quickly” (Greek word: “tachos”) is used eight times in Revelation. Think of an automobile tachometer (“tachos”) which measures the speed of an engine typically in revolutions per minute (RPM’s). As you press down the gas pedal, the engine revs up.

We often see sudden destruction falling upon the wicked in the Bible. The unrepentant living during Noah’s time, experienced a sudden and catastrophic flood (Gen. 6-9). They had 120 years to repent as Noah preached to them, but they chose to ignore him and judgment fell suddenly (Gen. 6:3-7).

Have you noticed that in 2020, everything has happened suddenly?

  • Our ordinary world suddenly vanished
  • Stores suddenly sold out
  • Fear gripped America—and the world—suddenly
  • People’s lifestyles suddenly changed People suddenly lost businesses
  • The President suddenly went from popular to “the cause of it all”
  • Cities suddenly turned from normal to anarchy
  • Mankind became lovers of self, treacherous, and without self-control
  • Virtual suddenly became the new way of doing everything
  • The U.S. economy suddenly went from best ever to horrible
  • Church went from essential to suddenly being irrelevant
  • Order turned to chaos suddenly with racial tension
  • Racial tension suddenly turned to lawlessness
  • Lawlessness suddenly turned to anarchy
  • The cry for police protection suddenly turned to “abolish the police”
  • Common sense suddenly turned to delusion

Is there a message in all of this?

Something else will happen suddenly—the Rapture of the Church. It will take place in the “twinkling of an eye” (1 Cor. 15:52). That is so fast it can hardly be measured.

When God begins to move, He doesn’t waste a moment. But He does take time to warn before He judges.

And He seems to be telling us that things are going to change for Eternity suddenly via the Rapture of the Church.

What happens at the Rapture?

The sudden return of the Lord at the Rapture is the subject of our upcoming class on November 10!

We will discover how the church will be raptured into God’s Throne Room before the Tribulation for a very special purpose. And we will also discover something few people understand that the purpose of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture is not just to be “saved from the wrath to come” but for the church to be the exclusive witnesses for the Coronation of Christ in heaven.

Our study will center around the two chapters of Revelation 4-5 which record the Coronation of Jesus taking place just after the rapture and before the start of the Tribulation.

Join us as we Study how the Chronology of Revelation Teaches the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church!

 

Comfort in Perilous Times

Comfort in Perilous Times

Jesus May Come Today!
The rapture is not merely a theological truth. It is also a practical truth with powerful implications for looking for Jesus. Scripture records numerous ways the rapture can impact our lives.

Paul told the Thessalonians to “comfort one another’ with the idea of the rapture (1 Thess. 4:18).  As the world becomes more unhinged, believers can take comfort in the thought that Jesus may come today!

At any given moment, of any given day, we could be transformed and find ourselves standing in the presence of the King of kings and Lord of lords.

The rapture is a source of hope and comfort far beyond anything this world has to offer.

And since the rapture can happen at any moment, it should motivate us to be busy about our Father’s business.

Maybe Today!

Before the Wrath

Before the Wrath

How the Four Horsemen Of the Apocalypse Teach a Pre-Tribulation Rapture

One of the great promises to the church is that we are, “saved from the wrath to come” – 1 Thess. 1:10.

What wrath?

The context of this verse is very important. Paul is teaching the Thessalonian’s about the Rapture and the promise of being saved from the wrath of the coming Tribulation. That’s why we believe in a Pre-Tribulation rapture.

But in the last several decades, two new positions have developed regarding the timing of the Rapture: The Mid-Tribulation and the Pre-Wrath Rapture Theories.

I my view, both these theories suffer from the same error. They both teach that God’s wrath doesn’t show up in the first half of the Tribulation.

The purpose of our class is exposing this error by showing the true mission of the Four Horsemen in the first half of the Tribulation.

These four characters are nothing to be trifled with as they display the unmitigated wrath of God from day one of the 7-Year Tribulation.

In the Twinkling of an Eye

In the Twinkling of an Eye

Twinkling or Blinking of an Eye

Don’t be a procrastinator for Jesus! Today is the day to be sold out to Him… not tomorrow!

Because of the Rapture, tomorrow may never come!

When the trumpet sounds, and the shout from the archangel is heard, it will be too late to surrender your life to the Lord.

When Jesus comes, it’s over… and it happens fast!

51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 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.  (1 Cor. 15:51-52)
There are numerous definitions of the “Twinkling/Blinking” of an eye. If the Apostle Paul is describing the speed of the rapture as a “Twinkle,” then he’s describing something so fast, it’s difficult to comprehend.

The “twinkling of the eye” is the time it takes for light to enter the eye, reach the back of the eye, and be reflected back out. Light travels at 186,000 miles per second, so the Twinkle is about one billionth of a second.

The “Blinking” is a bit slower. But still too fast to recognize. A blink lasts somewhere between 300 and 400 milliseconds, or considerably less than half a second.

Taking both of these into consideration, the reason why the Apostle Paul used this term was to assure us of the supernatural miracle of the Rapture. There is no human effort! It assures us that no one can impede it, slow it down, drag their feet or add anything to it.

When it’s on, it’s on, and up we go! In the millisecond it takes to be raptured, we will find ourselves in the presence of the Lord! We will “meet the Lord in the air.” Let’s just say it’s a supernatural event that takes place super-fast!

From Earth to Heaven and Back: A Tour You’ll Never Forget

Believers that are still alive at the trumpet sound, will instantly receive their glorified bodies, designed to last forever, and ascend to be with Jesus.

The Believer’s Itinerary after the Rapture is almost too amazing to comprehend. At the Rapture we will be escorted by Jesus up to the Father’s House in heaven. Imagine that trip!

The church will spend seven years in heaven with the highlight being the marriage of the Lamb just prior to descending back to earth with Jesus at His Second Coming! Revelation 19 depicts us on horses as the army of heaven accompanying Jesus to the Battle of Armageddon!

Every believer will make this roundtrip from earth to heaven and back. What a tour is in our future!

The “Twinkling/Blinking” could happen at any second. Just looking at the condition of this world today, everything spoken of by Jesus, Paul and the prophets is very much here.

Don’t make the mistake of believing in can’t happen today! Because when it happens, it will be long over before you even realize it took place. Hallelujah!

Today, right now, would be a good time to call on Him.

Rapture vs. Second Coming

Rapture vs. Second Coming

Two Different Events

There are two detailed descriptions of the Lord’s return in the New Testament. One is written by the Apostle Paul (1 Thess. 4:13-18) and the other by the Apostle John (Rev. 19:11-14). Some people think the Rapture (1 Thess. 4:13-18) and the Second Coming (Rev. 19:11-14) are speaking about the same event which occurs at the end of the Tribulation. Did you notice the above chart? If you look carefully you’ll see that these two events are as different as night and day.

 

Two Different Times

It’s simply not possible that these two descriptions are about the same event! They have absolutely nothing in common. In fact, they are totally incompatible. That’s because they describe two different events separated by 7 years. The Rapture happens without the world knowing it, just before the start of the Tribulation. On the other hand, Christ’s Second Coming will be seen by the whole world at the end of the 7-Year Tribulation.

Will the Rapture Occur on a Jewish Feast Day?

Will the Rapture Occur on a Jewish Feast Day?

 
October 2017
Tim Buck

There is a growing movement to use the Jewish Calendar and Jewish Feast Days as pointing to the end times and the Rapture of the church. Over the last few years, dates have even been set for the Rapture using the Feast of Trumpets (the Jewish date of Tishri 1, which usually occurs in September). In recent years, prophecy teachers have claimed the Rapture would occur every September since 2011. 

Like the tetrads, blood moons, the eclipse of 2017 and the September 12, 2017 hoax, these Jewish Feast Day speculations produce a lot of hype and end in confusion.

Those who insist that the Rapture can somehow be connected to Israel’s ancient calendar are committing a serious error.

We must be mindful that, since Christ came into our world, we are under a New Covenant, not the Old Covenant that governed Israel. When the Temple veil was rent from top to bottom (Mt. 27:51) at the moment of Jesus’ death, the Jewish traditions, ceremonies and holy days became a thing of the past,

So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. (Col. 2:16-17)

The church is no longer held responsible to keep Israel’s Feast Days or to maintain the Jewish calendar just as we do not need to bring a lamb sacrifice into the church.

The Rapture is a church event exclusively for the Body of Christ and is not meant to be mixed up with the Mosaic Law Celebrations for ancient Israel.

It is a mistake to mix the old with the new and therefore an error to use Jewish Feasts and Celebrations as a guide for end times prophecy relating to the Rapture of the Church.

4 Principles to Interpret Bible Prophecy

The following truths have helped me immensely through the years.

Not only have they enabled me to reject the date setters but they’ve helped me avoid being swept up into the end time hysteria’s of false predictions.

1. Anyone who Sets a Date or suggests a date, even with a disclaimer — is wrong and misleading
(Mt. 24:34, 36, 39, 44, 50; 25:13; Mark 13:32-37)

2. The Doctrine of the Rapture is an exclusive event for the Church. The Rapture is called a mystery (1 Cor. 15:51-54), which means it was hidden from the Old Testament (Eph. 3:1-6). The doctrine of the Rapture was personally revealed to the Apostle Paul by Jesus Himself ( 1 Thess. 4:15a – “by the word of the Lord”).

After Jesus revealed the Rapture to Paul, the Apostle Paul faithfully taught it to the church in his Church Epistles. By design, the Rapture, and the resurrection that occurs at the time of the Rapture, are only for the church, the Body of Christ, and have nothing to do with the nation of Israel or its ancient calendar.

3. We must Never Confuse Israel with the Church (1 Cor. 10:32). Israel and the church are two separate groups that have two separate plans designed by our sovereign God.

There is actually a blowing of trumpets for both groups of people. One trumpet is for church-age saints at the time of the Rapture (1 Cor. 15:52). The other trumpet is for Israel at the time of the Second Coming (Mt. 24:30-31).

4. The doctrine of the Imminency of the Rapture is a Foundational Bible Truth.
Imminency means that the Rapture is always at hand and can happen at any moment but its time cannot precisely be known
(1 Thess. 1:9-10; Titus 2:13; James 5:8-9; 1 Peter 4:7)