What on Earth is Happening?

You have most probably come to this page for one of two reasons:

1. You’re curious about God and want to find out what on Earth is happening by obtaining more information, as you can see that the world is getting worse and worse each year, and that there is no hope of finding a solution via politicians or any other person for that matter.

2. Millions of people have vanished from the earth and there is widespread panic, and you’re here trying to find answers in order to survive the terrors and destruction.

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I sincerely hope number 1 applies to you, as the people who are left behind after the rapture are going to have to endure seven years of tribulation – a time of global suffering and destruction that has never been seen on the earth before. (These seven years of tribulation are described in the book of Revelation, chapters 6-18, where we see 21 judgments from God on a rebellious world, where many people will still refuse to repent and will instead raise their fists to Heaven and curse God!)

But even if number 2 applies to you there is still hope, as many people will be saved during the tribulation period. These will be the tribulation martyrs.

Where do we get our answers from?

I have been a Christian since 2006 and have been blessed to attend Bible-believing, Bible-preaching, churches and even so, I had many questions about what’s happening in the world. The problem is that most churches don’t preach or teach end-times / prophecy sermons and this is generally because Bible prophecy isn’t taught in most seminaries. 

Brent Miller, Jr. of Ingenuity Films made the new Rapture-themed film production, Before the Wrath, did research that tapped into Lifeway Research, which revealed that 98% of the church will not teach on anything end-time related. Both eschatology and Israel are marginalized. You read that right: 98%!

Thanks to a small group of dear people at my Church, I found a few legitimate prophecy teachers on YouTube from whom to get most of my answers, and I'll list them later with links to their websites and/or videos.    

So, most of today’s evangelical preachers don’t preach on Bible prophecy yet one third of the Bible is prophecy! This is because God wants us to know that He is the true and living God and it is His wish that none perish, hence He provides many warnings before He judges and punishes. Remember that Bible prophecy is to prepare and not to scare!

·         God warned the people on earth for 400 years before bringing the flood that wiped out every creature, except Noah and his family and two of every animal.

·         God warned the northern kingdom of Israel before sending the Assyrians to take them captive.

·         God warned the southern kingdom before sending the Babylonians to take them captive.

·         God is still warning us today through the Bible and current events. Remember that God always warns before He judges – just think of all the recent earthquakes, tsunamis, locust swarms, volcano eruptions, fires, droughts and now the Coronavirus (Covid-19). God is trying to get our attention! People mocked God back then and did not listen – as many are doing today – please don’t be one of them. 

So far, none of the Bible prophecies have proven to be false and have all been fulfilled to the smallest detail. Here are some of them:

 ·         The four world empires are spelt out in detail in Daniel 2; Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome. This was written 400 years before the Babylonian empire was born! The revived Roman empire still exists today in the form of the Roman Catholic church and is very powerful and wealthy.

·         There are over 300 Old Testament prophecies that Jesus fulfilled through His life, death and resurrection, written hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth.

·         Israel would again become a nation as it did in 1948. This was predicted in a few Bible verses such as Ezekiel 37:10-14, Isaiah 66:7-8 and Amos 9:14-15.

·         The Bible also predicted that the reborn Israel would be supernaturally powerful – Leviticus 26:3 7-8. Look at the wars the reborn Israel has fought, such as the ones in 1948, 1953, 1967 and 1973 – neighboring countries with a combined population of over 20 million fought Israel, which had around 1 million people and fewer tanks, planes and soldiers - yet Israel won each war decisively.  

So, what’s the significance of Israel becoming a nation for the second time? Well, against all odds this event occurred. The Jews were dispersed all over the world – hated and persecuted - yet God has preserved the Jews. This is a miracle – a miracle that is even greater than God bringing the Israelites out of Egypt:          

In the new testament, Jesus tells his disciples in Matthew 24:34“Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have happened”. According to many Bible prophecy preachers (Amir Tsarfati, Billy Crone, Jack Kelley, Jan Markell, Jack Hibbs, JD Farag, John Barnett, etc.) “this generation” refers to the current generation, born after Israel’s rebirth in 1948, as Jesus was talking future times.

“All these things” refer to the rapture, 7-year tribulation and Jesus’ second coming.

A ‘generation’ is probably 70-80 years - Psalm 90:10“Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures”.

If we add 80 years to 1948 we get 2028. We know the tribulation period is seven years, so working backwards, the pre-tribulation rapture may occur anytime between today and 2021. (Another estimate looks at 2023, which you can read about here). Either way, time is short! If you have not repented and turned to Jesus, do so now!

Some people have quoted Matthew 24:36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven nor the Son, but the Father only”. Yes, we are not to know the day or hour so whenever you hear modern-day ‘prophets’ predicting the Rapture or Armageddon will occur on a blood moon or on a certain date, know that it will not happen on that day! 

Some of the more notable false predictions are those of Charles Taze Russel, the founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who predicted the return of Jesus in 1874 and then Armageddon in October 1914.

Harold Camping predicted the rapture would occur on 6 September 1994 then revised the date a few times, through to May 21st, 2011. 

David Meade predicted the end of the world on 23rd September 2017, as well as a few other dates as well! The Bible never gets things wrong (it is God’s word after all) – false prophets do get predictions wrong.

As a result, Christianity tends to be discredited by these false prophets as they base their predictions on twisting what the Bible says – just what Satan wants! But we also have a responsibility to confirm in our Bibles what these people are telling us – as the Bereans did in the Bible!  

And remember, Jesus was referring to ‘the day of the Lord’, which is His 2nd coming – coming back to earth to judge the non-believers – not the rapture where He meets His people in the air so that they may not endure the wrath to come. All of the Church will be saved from the tribulation period. ‘Church’ refers to the true followers of Jesus – not everyone who says ‘Lord, Lord’ will be saved, as there are many wolves in sheep’s clothing who profess to follow Jesus, but they are preying on people to get their money.

So, we cannot know the day nor hour, but we can know the times and the seasons as Paul wrote in I Thessalonians 5:1, “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.” In verse 4, he goes on to say, “But you, brethren, are not in darkness that that day should overtake you as a thief.” Paul is telling us specifically that we will know the times and the seasons - if we are watching we will see the day coming.

Jesus rebuked the religious people of His day for not being able to read the signs of the times:

“Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came and tested Jesus by asking Him to show them a sign from heaven. But He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘The weather will be fair, for the sky is red;’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but not the signs of the times!” Matthew 16:1-3

God has maybe allowed this Coronavirus pandemic to occur in order to encourage those stubborn people to turn to Him. When things are going well most people don't feel they need God, but when things go wrong God is either blamed for the bad things or people repent and turn to Him.

Conclusion

At the beginning of this page we mentioned some of the signs that we are seeing such as the locust swarms, adverse weather patterns, plagues, like the Coronavirus, etc., but the convergence of these signs is the main indicator of the end times (Matt. 24:33).

There have always been wars and rumors of wars, tsunamis, volcano eruptions and so on, but for the first time in history all these things are happening together, as Jesus said they would.

He likened them to a pregnant woman "All these are but the beginning of the birth pains" (Matt. 24:8). At the beginning of her pregnancy the pains are mild and far apart but as she gets closer to giving birth the pain and frequency increases, just like we have been seeing with these recent signs.

Most non-believers in Jesus Christ are very concerned about this Covid-19 'pandemic' and are trying to figure out how to just survive. As Christians, we are not anxious about these world events - we are actually joyful, as this convergence of signs tells us our King is coming for us very soon to take us away from this corrupt Earth and to our new homes in Heaven.

"When all these things begin to happen, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:28). 

Our joyfulness is actually bitter-sweet as we are filled with joy to be going home, but so sad for those that will be left behind.

If you are not saved, this may be your last chance to repent before the rapture and tribulation. Salvation is a gift that God offers us - all we need to do is accept the gift and it's as easy as ABC:

A=Admit You're a sinner (Romans 3:23)

B=Believe Jesus IS The LORD (Romans 10:9-10)

C=Call on Jesus (Romans 10:13)



What on Earth is Happening: Q&A

What follows are questions that have been posed to me when I speak to people about the Gospel and Bible prophecy, and you may have the same questions. 

Q: Why are so many Christians confused when it comes to Bible prophecy?

A: Besides pastors not preaching on end times there are many pastors who teach 'replacement theology', which tends to be the main cause. These preachers have replaced Israel with the Church so they are trying to reconcile promises made about Israel to the Church and that’s why so many people are confused. Replacing Israel with the Church doesn’t make sense, as God made numerous promises to Israel that He would preserve Israel and that they are the apple of His eye. God does not go back on His word.

Let’s look at the Bible in four stages:

Stage one: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Adam and Eve were the first two humans created and they populated the earth with many sons and daughters. From creation until Abraham was about 2000 years.

Stage two: God had chosen the nation of Israel, through Abraham, to be His people through whom He would bless the earth and through whom He would get the glory. Israel was to be salt and light for the world and for other nations to be drawn to Him through His people, the Jews. Jesus came as the promised Messiah, to be the final sacrifice for the sins of the nation, but Israel were disobedient, rebellious and rejected Him. So, in the second stage (from Abraham to the Cross, another 2000 years), God focused His attention on Israel, but they rejected Him and His offer of salvation.

Stage three is God offering His gift of salvation to the rest of us, the Gentiles, and many gentiles, and some Jews, became Christians. This is known as the Church age or ‘times of the gentiles’ and is from the day of Pentecost, where the disciples received the Holy Spirit (Acts 28:28), until the rapture - 2000 years. This is focusing on the gentiles in the period of Grace, but God’s patience will run out! Once the fullness of the Gentiles has come in (Romans 11:25), once the last person has been saved, will end the time of the gentiles and the rapture will occur.

Stage four is from after the rapture and includes the seven-year tribulation where God refocuses on His people, the Jews and will save many Jews, and also Gentiles, during the tribulation period. Then Christ will return in the second-coming, as the Lion of Judah, where he will defeat His enemies, judge the lost and rule in the millennial kingdom. 

The millennium will be a time of peace where even "the leopard will lie down with young goats". All enmity among men, among animals and among men and animals will disappear. 

This period is 1000 years, so in total we’re looking at 7000 years from creation to the end of the millennium. God tends to work in sevens, so this is very plausible.  

You can read more on this timing at Full Bible Timeline.

Q: Why will Jesus come back now when He's been promising to do this for the past 2000 years?

I was discussing end-times prophecy with a colleague who is a Christian and she said, “I don’t think the rapture will be in my lifetime”. When I asked her on what she based this, her answer was “I’m still young and have my life to live, plus things are not changing that much”.

There is a lot of information in such a short answer! If you are not right with God then you won’t want the rapture to happen, not so? Many people want to ‘live life’, i.e. get drunk, fornicate, steal, lie etc. and once they have ‘enjoyed’ this, then they will turn to ‘boring’ God.

We see these artist drawings of angels sitting on a cloud in Heaven playing a harp while looking miserable. That is another of Satan’s lies. The Bible tells us that Heaven will be so fantastic that we cannot even imagine what it will be like:

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9

If a person is spiritually dead, they will be blind to the signs, as the people were in the days of Noah. They will not be able to discern the times and will think that nothing has changed in hundreds or thousands of years so why should it change now!? I guess the mockers who lived at the time of the great flood also thought this – until the rains started to fall, but then it was too late.     

For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark., And they were oblivious, until the flood came and swept them all away. So will it be at the coming of the Son of Man. Matthew 24:38-39

Peter said in the last days people will mock and ridicule those who look forward to the Second Coming. They’ll say something along the lines of, “Oh Jesus promised to come back, did He? Christians have said that for almost 2,000 years now. Yet things are the same today as they’ve been for thousands of years” (2 Peter 3:3-4). Again, for years now, I've heard people say something similar. And I’ll bet you’ve heard people say something similar too?

And of course, we hear this same argument used in regard to Armageddon as well. It makes sense because Armageddon and the Second Coming of Jesus are linked together. The argument usually goes something like this, "The end of the world? People have been saying that for centuries, but it hasn't happened yet. The world goes on the same as always." Unfortunately, I hear this repeated over and over again. But think about how absurd it is. How is today the same as it’s been for thousands of years? The exact opposite is true. Today is unlike any other time in human history, and no other generation has been more likely to witness Armageddon and the Second Coming.

Britt Gillette, in his book Signs of the Second Coming, states the following

For thousands of years, man could travel no faster than a horse could carry him. This remained true from the Garden of Eden until the 19th Century. That’s a long time! Yet, in the short span of a century and a half, we’ve upgraded to automobiles that go from zero to 60 mph in a matter of seconds. We’ve gone from men publicly proclaiming manned flight is impossible to jet airplanes traveling several times the speed of sound. Does all this make you think the world is “the same now as it’s always been”?

 Think about the technology that’s probably within ten feet of you right now. For example, you’re most likely reading this book on a phone, tablet, or ereader. Each of those devices has the capability to store thousands of books – the equivalent of a small library one hundred years ago. And such devices are affordable to almost everyone. Compare that to a two thousand book home library a century ago. Only the rich could afford such luxury.

And this revolution isn't confined to books. It’s the same with music. Mozart lived less than 250 years ago. Kings, queens, and the wealthy elite commissioned him to create original scores and entertain them with his musical abilities. Then they paid entire orchestras to gather together and perform for them.

Today? You carry around more music on your iPod than they likely ever heard in a lifetime. And you can play it on demand whenever you want. Look at how warfare has changed. For centuries, battles consisted of hand-to-hand combat. Warriors used shields, swords, spears, and daggers. Sometimes they used horses, catapults, and gunpowder. As warfare evolved over the course of centuries, very little changed in terms of how much damage a single weapon could inflict.

 The 20th Century changed all of that. World War I introduced new rapid fire weapons, TNT, and chemical weapons. These led to the mass slaughter of armies. And World War II? World War II brought gas chambers and systematic genocide on a mass scale. It also gave us the atomic bomb – a single weapon capable of destroying an entire city. And today?

Today, we have drones flying high above the battlefield. They kill enemy combatants who often don’t even know they’re being targeted. Still think “things are the same as they’ve always been?” I don’t.

After thousands of years in which human travel options basically stayed the same, we went from the Wright Brothers to men on the moon in less than seven decades. After thousands of years of slow and incremental innovations in warfare, human beings are now capable of killing every person on the planet.

It’s clear to any reasonable person the past two centuries, and the past few decades in particular, stand in stark contrast to all previous human history. It’s not a debate. It’s a fact.

And keep in mind that the Bible says, But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day,2 Peter 3:8. 

Two days is pretty quick I would say.

Q: Why are the Jews so special?

My colleague also said that she didn’t like the fact that the Jews were seen as ‘special’ and better than other people. They are special, not because they are better than anyone else, but because God chose a small, weak people to show His power, mercy and grace through. If the Jews and nation of Israel accomplish major things, then God should get the glory and not them, and that’s how God wants it.

Yes, some proud and arrogant Jews also think they are a special people based on their or Abraham’s merit and that God owes them blessings. This is not the case, as God has been punishing the Jews for their unbelief and lack of obedience for thousands of years.

The world hates the Jews, and Christians, as these are God’s people and Jesus said that the world will also hate us as it hated Him, so please don’t expect the world to embrace you if you are a true Christian or a Jew. (Satan hates what God loves).

God has told us through His Word that Jesus is the only way to Him, and all other ways (religions) are lies.

In John 14:16 Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the father except through me”.

There are many religions that are based on ‘Jesus Christ’ (Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, Roman Catholicism, the many Charismatic (prosperity) churches, and so on) yet Jesus warned in Matthew 24:24 “For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets and shall show great signs and wonders, so that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect”.      

And what’s worse is that many people still follow these false ‘prophets’ who contradict the Bible and make false prophecies as the people simply want their ears tickled. A friend of ours joined a church that states Jesus Christ’s death did not atone for our sin; salvation comes by practicing what you believe, whatever religion it might be, and many other heresies. When we asked the person why they chose this church the sad answer was “It suits my lifestyle and fits in with my beliefs”. That’s how many people are – they don’t seek the truth; they are looking for a religion that suits their lifestyles.   

It’s not enough to believe in a Jesus – you need to believe in the true Jesus – not Jesus who is Satan’s brother, Jesus who is just an angel, Jesus who is just a prophet etc. For you to be saved, you need to believe that Jesus is God in the flesh who died for your sins and was resurrected on the third day and now sits at the Father’s right hand - otherwise how has God forgiven your sins?

God is Holy and requires a perfect sacrifice. If Jesus is just a prophet or angel, then he was not perfect – the true Jesus is God in the flesh – perfect and holy. And that’s who we must put our trust in for our salvation. 

Q: The word 'Rapture' doesn’t appear in the Bible.

Yes, that is correct. Just like the word ‘Bible’ doesn’t appear in the Bible.  The word ‘Rapture’ is based on the Latin word ‘Rapturo’, which in turn is based on the Greek word ‘Harpazo’. So, the Bible was translated from Greek to Latin to English and that’s how we end up with rapture.

According to Strong’s Concordance, Harpazo means to seize, catch up, pluck, pull, take (by force). Jesus will come and seize the Church and take us up to Heaven where we will remain for the seven tribulation years. And then we will return with Him when he comes back to earth the second time and lands on the Mount of Olives to defeat the Antichrist and claim His Kingdom.

“Then 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 shall always be with the Lord” 1 Thessalonians 4:17

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