O N E O F T H E P R O
M I N E N T views about the
rapture out there is that it is
imminent—any day, any hour, any moment
now a large part of the earth’s
population could disappear in the
twinkling of an eye.
Many see the natural disasters,
economic crises, our move toward
globalism, a worldwide currency, and the
ever intense Israeli / Palestinian
conflict as indicators pointing toward
However, it appears that these events point to
an imminent appearance of the Antichrist
instead of the rapture.
The Antichrist is that politician
who will be given power by the devil to
bring peace with Israel, establish a one
world currency, and remove Christians
and Jews, not through a rapture, but
Here’s why I see it from this
The Apostle Paul writes that an
apostasy of the church must precede the
arrival of the Antichrist and the return
of Jesus (2 Thessalonians 2:3).
This is also confirmed in
Revelation chapters two and three where
we are given a description of the
apostate church prior to the appearing
of the Antichrist in Revelation chapter
How can the church be rapture
ready when it is deceived and living in
Revelation 14:14-16 is clear that
the rapture takes place here.
Notice that the rapture takes
place after the seventh angel blows his
trumpet (Revelation 11:15).
This is an important revelation.
The Apostle Paul is clear in 1
Thessalonians 4:16,17 that the rapture
takes place when Christ returns at the
blowing of the seventh trumpet.
Paul refers to this seventh
trumpet as the “last” trumpet. (1
When we remember that Revelation
is written in chronological order and
that out of the seventh seal appears the
seven trumpets (Revelation
8:1, 6-9:1-11) and out of the seventh trumpet
appears the seven vials (Revelation
11:15, 15:1, 16:1-21), then we must also acknowledge
that the rapture takes place after the
Antichrist and the great tribulation has
already taken place.
Matthew 24:29-31 also gives
insight into when the rapture takes
Here it is clear that the return
of Christ and the rapture takes place
“immediately” after the great
The great tribulation is that
horrible time when God’s people are
greatly persecuted and martyred by the
The order of the rapture that Scripture
reveals is that the antichrist appears,
the church is martyred, Christ returns,
and the remnant that remains are raptured
to meet Christ in the air.
As much as I would like to think
that the rapture takes place before the
mass execution of God’s people, it just
The pre-tribulation view of the
rapture has to add interpretation to the
verses they use to support their view.
It is important to stay with the
clear teaching of Scripture.
One of the reasons so many are
confused about when the rapture takes
place is because they do not understand
the proper ordering of events as
revealed in the book of Revelation.
My new book,
Times Coming: An Overview of the Book of
Revelation, is a summary of the
book of Revelation which clearly reveals
the order of the revelation as God gave
it to the Apostle John.
The success of the “’Left Behind” book
series, with over 17 million copies
sold, reveal the prominence and
popularity of the pre-tribulation
However, the clear teaching of
Scripture is that all God’s people will
be “left behind” and will be here when
the Antichrist appears and his great
tribulation is unleashed against all
The good news is, we will not be here
when God pours out His great wrath upon
the earth in the course of one,
Until next time…
Be so much the more,
as ye see the day approaching