Does Matthew 24:31 Teach That The Rapture Will Happen After The Great Tribulation?

In this video, you will see that Matthew 24:31 does not speak of a rapture, but the second coming of Christ, and the ingathering of the saints, not to rapture them up to the clouds (1 Thessalonians 4), but to bring them to Jesus in Jerusalem, where He will rule 1000 years.

The Root Of Apostasy

When Satan Entered Judas

3 Then Satan entered Judas Iscariot, who was one of the Twelve. 4 And Judas went to discuss with the chief priests and temple officers how he might betray Jesus to them.

Luke 22:3-4 BSB

Because of Judas’s love for money (John 12:5-6), he opened up the door to Satan, which he gladly took. The result was a betrayal. Jesus said that it would have been better if Judas didn’t exist than to betray the Son of God (Matthew 26:23-25).

Today, we call this apostasy, when someone claims faith in Jesus Christ but walks away from Him. As you can see, the devil’s hand is in a person’s apostasy. The thoughts of leaving Jesus and speaking ill about Him comes from Satan. There are many atheists, who at one point and time, were professing Christians, but after abandoning the Lord, they seem driven to speak evil of Jesus. Their behavior and sinful desires come from the devil, who is the one manipulating them to participate in his evil plans against God and His saints.

Satan’s goal is to cause as many Christians as he can to abandon the Lord Jesus Christ.

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What Does The Number 666 mean?

18 Here is a call for wisdom: Let the one who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and that number is 666.

Revelation 13:18 BSB

Why did the beast, the Antichrist, choose not only the number 6 but the number three times?

We will look very closely at two specific words and the three numbers—the beast, man, and 666.

The number 6 in creation is when God created the beasts of the earth and man.

[The Six Day Of Creation] 24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, land crawlers, and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25 God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that crawls upon the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness, to rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, and over all the earth itself and every creature that crawls upon it.” -Genesis 1:24-26 BSB

The Seventh Day Of Creation

2 And by the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on that day He rested from all His work. -Genesis 2:2 BSB

The number 7 (the seventh day) in creation is when God finished creating everything and rested, so the word “rested” here means to cease.

Satan chose the number 6 to represent himself, the Antichrist, and the false prophet as it is short of the number 7 which represents God. The number 6 is man centered.

The Greek number 666 is written as 600 (Strong’s #1812), 60 (Strong’s #1835), 6 (Strong’s #1803). The Greek has it as 600, 60, 6 (666).

The reason why that there are three numbers—600, 60, and 6, is that there are three enemies—the Dragon (Satan), the Antichrist (the first beast), and the false prophet (the second beast). The highest number is 600, which represents the Dragon. The number 60 represents the Antichrist because he will rule for Satan, and the number 6 represents the false prophet because he will promote the Antichrist. Since Satan is the one who gives the first and second beast their power and authority, he corresponds to the number 600, as their power comes from him.

Also, if you look at Genesis 3:1-6, the serpent (Satan) wanted Eve and her husband Adam to take what he was offering to kill them spiritually. In Revelation, Satan will impose a mandate on the human race to receive something that will kill them spiritually. In Genesis, it was the forbidden fruit, and in Revelation, it’s the mark of the beast that will send people to hell if taken.

In conclusion, the number 666 represents a world without God and Satan as its ruler. Satan’s plan since the creation was to plunge mankind into darkness so that humanity as a whole would end up in hell for all eternity.

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