The world is mocking the Bible and Christians after the false predictions of the Rapture this weekend. We are told many false teachers and prophets will come, but the damage they do is devastating. While people are still mocking and wondering, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.” ~2 Timothy 2:15. Be ready to give an accurate answer about what is really prophesied about the Rapture of the Church and the Tribulation and Jesus’ 2nd coming. God will give you the words if you ask Him for His help, but we need to be familiar with our Bibles!
“And when He broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, ‘Come.’ And I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. And authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.” ~Revelation 6:7-8
The fourth seal is death. Because of the worldwide war and worldwide famine, there will be diseases and plagues that will come upon the earth. Between all of that and the wild animals killing, one quarter of the earth’s population will die. Wow.
“And when He broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘How long, O Lord, holy and true, wilt Thou refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?’ And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, should be completed also.” ~Revelation 6:9-11
The fifth seal is martyrdom. These are Tribulation saints, those who were not believers at the time the Church was snatched out of and away from the earth, but who have chosen to follow Jesus during the Tribulation. The Bible states that the antichrist will make war against the believers and will kill them.
“And I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. And the sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come; and who is able to stand?'” ~Revelation 6:12-17
The sixth seal is physical disturbances. Catastrophic disturbances- devastating earthquakes that will cause all of the islands and mountains to move. I never could have comprehended that before Japan was moved by the earthquake in March. Amazing! The sun will be blotted out, and the moon will look like blood- perhaps from debris? The stars will fall to the earth- meteorites will hit the earth. Perhaps a nuclear blast will cause this? Underground testing triggers earthquakes. All we know for certain is that what is written in God’s word will take place. The people on the earth will hide, will know and recognize that this is the wrath of God and the Lamb being poured out upon them, and will wish for death instead of repenting.
We, the Church, are told “For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:9. And Paul tells us in Romans 5:9~ “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.” We are assured, yet again, that we will not have to endure the Tribulation on this earth but will be spared from His wrath. Thank you, Jesus. Oh, that many others around me would come to know You- soon!