The Rapture, The Third Temple, And The Antichrist

14 So when you see the abomination of desolation standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

-Mark 13:14, BSB

We are living in the end times, where the rapture of the church can happen at any moment. Jesus warned the Jewish people who would be living at the time of the building of the third temple that it will be the time of the false Messiah who will come into the world stage and place his image on the corner of the newly built temple. When that occurs, it will be the start of the sudden destruction, as mention in 1 Thessalonians 5:3.

3 While people are saying, “Peace and security,” destruction will come upon them suddenly, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

-1 Thessalonians 5:3, BSB

The phrase “Peace and Security” refers to the first half [3 1/2] of the seven years of the Great Tribulation.

Right now, Israel is signing peace treaties with middle eastern countries, which is called “The Abraham Accord.”

The phrase destruction will come upon them suddenly refers to the second half of the Great Tribulation, which all hell will break loose as mentioned in the Book of Revelation with the 7 Seals, the 7 Trumpets, and the 7 Bowls.

Today, the Jewish people already have all the articles needed for the third temple, as well as the garments for the priests, and not to mention the red heifer. Once the permission is given to build the temple, the Antichrist will show up and reveal himself. This tells me that he is already here and is working behind the scenes, getting everything ready to show up, but it is still God’s timing, and that time is coming to a close. The Holy Spirit will soon step out of the way to give way for the Antichrist to commence his rule.

Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.

-Matthew 24:12, BSB

Another sign that we are living in the end times is the lawlessness that is happening in the United States. The murdering of police officers in cold blood and the violent protests that are destroying major cities by burning them to the ground. Their hearts and soul being empty of anything good since God is not in their lives. They will continue to be more wicked and vile, but the righteous will continue in righteousness knowing the times.

10 Many will be purified, made spotless, and refined, but the wicked will continue to act wickedly. None of the wicked will understand, but the wise will understand.

-Daniel 12:10, BSB

To make matters worse, wildfires are destroying half of the United States in the West Coast. The devil is trying to destroy the USA because while this country is still in power, Israel cannot be invaded like it is said to be in Ezekiel Chapters 38-39, which is fast approaching.

The good news is that right before the start of the Great Tribulation, the rapture [caught up] will occur, making things chaotic for those who are left behind. We must continue preaching about Jesus so that many may escape God’s judgment on the wicked that is coming very soon.

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will be the first to rise. 17 After that, we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

-1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, BSB

Christ Is Coming Soon. Are You Ready To Meet Him?

Are you a Christian who is into social justice? Or, is your heart in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ? A Christian who is into the culture, black lives matter, is in deep sin and will be ashamed at the coming of Jesus Christ.

Imagine Jesus comes while you are supporting the democratic party who advocates for the killing of babies, are pro-LGBT, are anti-God, and also support other types of immorality. What will you say to Jesus?

[Part 2] Who Are The “Elect” Of Matthew 24:31?

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In Part 1, I left by giving you a parallel of the second coming of Jesus Christ with Matthew 24:30 and Revelation 19:11-21. If you notice in Revelation 19, there is no mention of angels being sent to rapture the saints to meet the Lord in the air. It says that when Jesus comes down, the saints (the army of heaven) will be with Him. Let us put Matthew 24:31 and Revelation 20:4 together without verses and read it as a whole.

“He will send out his angels with a loud trumpet, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. Then I saw thrones, and people seated on them who were given authority to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and who had not accepted the mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”

Look how well those two verses fit together which makes it clear who the elects are. The saints that are gathered in Matthew 24:31, are the saints who got saved during the Great Tribulation. They are gathered so that they may also rule with Christ. We see this in 1 Corinthians 6:2 which says, “2 Or don’t you know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the trivial cases?”

I see three groups of Christians ruling with Christ Jesus at His second coming.

The first group is the one who comes with Jesus (the army of heaven Revelation 19:7-8, 14; 1 Thessalonians 3:13).

The second group, are those who got their heads cut-off for Jesus and the Word of God. They died because they chose not to receive the mark of the beast (Revelation 20:4), for they rather die than betray their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The third group, are those who the angels of the Lord, will gather to present them to the returning King of kings and Lord of lords to serve Him, who is eternal, in the millennial kingdom. The Scripture doesn’t say if their bodies will be changed into a spiritual body like the rest of the believers that come down with Jesus.

We also see this in Daniel Chapter 7, where the saints will rule with Jesus Christ at His second coming. See below.

[Daniel 7:18] 18 “But the holy ones of the Most High will receive the kingdom and possess it forever, yes, forever and ever.’

[Daniel 7:27] 27 “The kingdom, dominion, and greatness of the kingdoms under all of heaven will be given to the people, the holy ones of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will serve and obey him.’

We also see a foreshadowing of the rapture in Genesis Chapter 19. The LORD sent two angels to rescue Lot and his family before the wrath of God was poured out on the two cities, especially, the one they were living in. The angels told Lot that they couldn’t destroy the city until they were at a safe distance. See below.

[Genesis 19:22-25] 22 “Hurry up! Run to it, for I cannot do anything until you get there.” Therefore the name of the city is Zoar. 23 The sun had risen over the land when Lot reached Zoar. 24 Then out of the sky the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah burning sulfur from the LORD. 25 He demolished these cities, the entire plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and whatever grew on the ground.

Even Abraham knew that it wasn’t right for a righteous God to destroy the righteous with the wicked. This is their discourse.

[Genesis 18:23-25] 23 Abraham stepped forward and said, “Will you really sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 “What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away instead of sparing the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people who are in it? 25 “You could not possibly do such a thing: to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. You could not possibly do that! Won’t the Judge of the whole earth do what is just?”

[Genesis 18:32-33] 32 Then he said, “Let my lord not be angry, and I will speak one more time. Suppose ten are found there? ” He answered, “I will not destroy it on account of ten.” 33 When the LORD had finished speaking with Abraham, he departed, and Abraham returned to his place.

We see that the Lord God, Jesus Christ, will not punish the Christians with the wicked in the Great Tribulation. But, He will rescue them before it starts.

I hope that in Part 1 and 2 of these posts, made it clear that those who have put their trust in Jesus Christ and in what He did for them on the cross may be encouraged with hope that they will be rescued to be with Jesus forever and ever. Maranatha, come Lord Jesus.