Jesus Christ Is Coming Soon, Are You Ready?

“4 But you, brothers, are not in the darkness so that this day should overtake you like a thief. 5 For you are all sons of the light and sons of the day; we do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not sleep as the others do, but let us remain awake and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night; and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and the helmet of our hope of salvation.” -1 Thessalonians 5:4-8, BSB

The word “darkness” refers to being blind, not knowing the truth. The rapture will not surprise the believers in Christ because that is the hope that we have, to be with Jesus.

The words “sons of the light” mean that the believers know the truth about the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and the events that will come.

The word “sleep” shows that a person is not aware of reality and not in a state of alertness. It also means not being prepared spiritually to meet Jesus Christ.

 The words “awake and sober” suggest that the Christian must be doing God’s will before the event that will make us “be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.” [1 Thessalonians 4:17] 

As Christians, we must not only continue in faith, love, and hope but strengthen it. Faith keeps us from abandoning Jesus Christ and stops Satan’s arrows from hitting us. Love will keep us close to our Lord and will motivate us to encourage others through the gospel to come to Jesus for salvation. Hope makes us focus on the return of Jesus Christ, which will keep us working for the kingdom of heaven.

If you are not a Christian, the rapture of the church will get you by surprise. You will stay behind and go through a time of great tribulation that has never been seen in world history as Matthew 24:21 clearly states, “For at that time there will be great tribulation, unmatched from the beginning of the world until now, and never to be seen again.”

The good news is that you have time if you are reading this. All you have to do is believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Jesus died in your place by taking upon Himself your punishment of sin on the cross. Jesus was our atoning sacrifice. A person’s sin demands God’s punishment because God, who is a righteous judge, must bring justice. We are all born in sin. The moment we get to the age of accountability, we will know between right and wrong. When that happens, everyone will understand that they are guilty before a righteous God. No matter how good we want to be, all of us will always choose to sin. It is impossible not to. The second you put your faith in Jesus Christ, all of your past, present, and future sins are pardoned because His atoning sacrifice [His death on the cross and resurrection] covers it all.

Once you are saved through faith in Jesus becoming a born again Christian, you are required in a daily fashion to repent because when we fall into sin, it will put up a wall between the person and God. However, when one sins, salvation is not lost. God will not use a believer who is in disobedience, which will invite God’s discipline unless the Christian repents right away.

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