If You've Been Left Behind...

Candy Spilman By Candy Spilman, 21st Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1xb2ja5o/
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A day is coming that will change the world. People all over the globe will disappear, and a tribulation like no other will ensue. If you find yourself left behind in this situation, please read!

It could happen any moment...

With all the unrest, falling away and economic crises in the world today, I believe we are approaching the time of the end. I have been praying about creating and leaving behind this written testimony. I wish for two things – my first wish would be that people who don’t know the Lord might read this and come to Him now. My second wish would be that anyone who finds themselves left behind will find answers and salvation. I don’t claim to be an expert, but I love the Lord, and embrace this opportunity to open a door to His Kingdom for others. May He be glorified.

Left behind...

In the movie Home Alone, Macaulay Culkin gives a humourous portrayal of an innovative and precocious little boy who takes on a number of challenges after being left behind by his family. Viewers are able to laugh light-heartedly at the antics depicted, knowing it will all end happily for Kevin. In reality, being left behind is a different story. Being separated from our companions; missing a plane or bus – these are occasions if not for panic and terror, at least for worry, as we try to figure out how this will affect our overall goals and plans.

There is one occasion in particular that will have devastating consequences for anyone who misses the boat, and that scenario could be played out at any moment. I am referring to the event known to Christians as the “Rapture”. Rapture is actually a more modern-day term for the incident; you won’t find that literal word in the Bible. It comes from the Latin raptus, which means “a carrying off” or “seizure”. It coincides with the Greek word harpazo, which is the term for being “caught up” or “taken away”.

Harpazo is used in the King James Bible in I Thessalonians 4:17 – “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” Although the same word is not used here, another verse used to describe the same event is I Corinthians 15:51, which states, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed…” In other words, there will be some people on the earth who do not die, but are simply carried away to Heaven and changed into incorruptible and eternal beings.

The Bible teaches that at some unknown point in time, all the born-again Christians will be caught up in the twinkling of an eye. One second they will be here, the next second they will be gone. Forever. When this takes place, the world will never be the same. Following the Rapture, the Bible predicts a seven year period of great tribulation, the like of which has never been experienced. The Tribulation will be the direct wrath of God, poured out on all who oppose Him and have refused to accept the free gift of salvation offered through His Son. The purpose of this post is not to get into the semantics of how a loving God could do such a thing, or any other such questions. The fact is – He is God. He is holy and, beginning with Adam, man chose to sin. We are a fallen race of people, and the only way we can approach God is by being made new in His Son. He offers that gift to everyone by His grace. Those who don’t choose to accept this offer will not be allowed in His sinless presence. Upon their death, they will spend eternity burning in a literal hell. However, those who find themselves left behind after God’s people are raptured still have a chance, and that’s what I want to address.

What will the world be like after the Rapture?

The bad news is things will be rough. The sudden disappearance of millions of people will wreak havoc upon the earth. There will be devastating crashes when drivers of cars, pilots of planes and air traffic controllers vanish. There will be fires and explosions when meals are left cooking or power tools left running. Most likely, there will be power outages, and anything else you could think of that would naturally follow such a calamity. There will be grieving and stunned disbelief when people realize that many they cared about are gone. That is just the beginning.

The book of Revelation lists the judgments and events that will occur during the Tribulation; one of the first will be the advent of a man who will appear to be a savior. He will have answers amid the chaos and mourning. He will, no doubt, offer a plausible reason for the disappearances. This highly charismatic individual will deceive many by the use of signs and wonders; he will in fact be the very antiChrist, or beast that the Bible warns of in II Thessalonians 2:3-4. For three and a half years, he will bring a pseudo peace to the earth, even in the Middle East. He will pretend to be Israel’s ally, and assist in the building of a temple for the Jewish people to worship Jehovah. However, everything will change when this leader is suddenly assassinated. Millions will mourn his death, but after three days, he will rise from the dead. When this feat occurs, he will be physically indwelled by Satan himself, who will be bent on destruction. “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time”. Revelation 12:12

There will be earthquakes, war, famine and much death. At some point in the Tribulation, the beast will demand that all worship him. There will be a statue made of his image, and people will be required to bow down before the statue in homage of the self-proclaimed god. Many people will do so gladly, having been blinded by the miracles they have seen. II Thessalonians 2:11-12 says, “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

The beast, or man of sin will also institute some type of mark, either on the forehead or right hand; probably a combination of a tattoo and biochip. Most people are aware of the connection of the number “666” to the antiChrist. The fact is, however, this mark will probably be something more subtle than that. It will seem harmless. Without the mark, no one will be able to buy or sell. Those refusing to worship the beast or his image and who refrain from taking the mark will be in danger of martyrdom. However, the Bible is quite clear that EVERYONE who takes the mark or worships the beast or his image will suffer eternally for that choice: “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” Revelation 14: 8-11

Please believe and take heed to these words! As I said, the miracles and power of the antiChrist will sway many people. Millions will truly believe that he is a divine being. Others will be subtly brainwashed by what they see and by the influence of those who choose to follow him. Taking the mark will seem so “right”. After all, without it, one can’t provide for one’s family, and everyone else is doing it… But don’t be fooled – for whoever takes that mark, there is no turning back. These unfortunate people will be identified with Satan forever, and will suffer with him in hell.

There will be many who see the light during this time, and give themselves to God. Revelation 7 mentions the servants of God - 144,000 Jews who will be His witnesses. These are sealed for their protection before the angels carry out the forthcoming afflictions, although some of the effects of the judgments will touch everyone. I’m not sure if all the judgments will be supernatural, or if perhaps they will be caused by nuclear war. The Bible says there will be hail and fire, mingled with blood, which will destroy a third of the trees and grass. There will also be a great mountain burning with fire cast into the sea. This will turn a third of the sea to blood and destroy a third of the ships and sea creatures. A great burning star will fall from heaven upon a third of the rivers and fountains of waters, turning the fresh water into wormwood, and many will die from the bitter water. A third part of the sun, moon and stars will be smitten. In what the Bible refers to as the first “woe”, the bottomless pit will be opened. Amid air-darkening smoke, stinging locusts will emerge, along with the king of the bottomless pit. Shortly thereafter, four demons that are currently bound will be released. I’m not sure if people will actually see these beings, or if the effects will be delivered through weaponry or some such, but it will be sheer agony. For five months, these creatures will hurt people. The four demonic beings will slay a third of the remaining men. The last judgments will include grievous sores upon all those who bear the mark and worship the beast; all the sea, rivers and fountains of waters turning into blood; the sun scorching men with fire; darkness and pain in the beast’s kingdom; the Euphrates River dried up to make way for “the kings of the east” and the final great earthquake, in which every mountain will tumble. In the midst of a last, bloody battle, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, will return in glorious victory, and destroy those who oppose Him. He will then establish His Millennial kingdom.

Why will this happen?

I’m not really qualified to explain any of this; yet I feel led to share my meager knowledge in the hope that someone might read it and believe. I wish everyone would believe now, but obviously that isn’t going to happen. Some may read this now and scoff, but I pray that one day, if these things begin to unfold, they will remember these words and repent. Like I said, if you are alive after the Rapture, there is hope! However, you would have had it so much easier if you had believed sooner. I am writing this during the dispensation of grace – the Church age. All I had to do was to believe in God’s grace and provision of His Son to cleanse me from my sin. Once that was done, I became “born again” as His child, and was indwelled by His Holy Spirit. I cannot lose my salvation. After the Church is raptured, everything changes.

The best way to explain the difference is to emphasize the fact that basically, everything revolves around Israel. They are God’s chosen people – He made a covenant with them many years ago, and it was through them that Jesus Christ was born. Jesus was the Messiah, or deliverer promised to Israel, and was predicted in over 100 prophecies. However, when He came, the Jewish people rejected Him. He wasn’t what they were anticipating. There were even prophecies stating that the Jews would reject Him. One of the most noteworthy scriptures to help explain the subject is in the book of Daniel. During Daniel’s time, the Israelites were in captivity as a result of abandoning their God and practicing idolatry. Daniel remained faithful, and was visited by the angel Gabriel, who told Daniel that the Messianic Age (the time when Messiah will rule the world) would take place in “seventy weeks of years”, or 490 years. The angel then went on to add that before the completion of the allotted time, Messiah would be cut off and the temple destroyed. When Jesus was crucified 483 years later, the clock was paused. Why? To give more people the chance to be a part of God’s kingdom. Since the Jewish nation rejected their Messiah, God extended the invitation to ALL people. It was His fervent desire that people from all nations come to know Him and experience His salvation. II Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”. The future Church was a mystery to the Old Testament prophets – basically, Christians are “adopted” children of God, while the Jews are His natural children. God used the gap between the 69th and 70th “week” to create a new people, saved by His grace, but His ultimate purpose was to get the attention of His chosen nation. They are still His people, and the clock begins ticking again once the Church is taken up to Heaven, ushering in the remaining “week”. The 11th chapter of Revelation refers to the “two witnesses”, Moses and Elijah. When Moses (the Law) and Elijah (the Prophets) return, then Old Testament times return.

Even before the Christian era, God granted salvation to proselyte Jews, and the same will hold true during the Tribulation. If you are reading this after the Rapture, the first thing you need to do is worship the God of the Jews and accept Jesus as God’s Son and the chosen Messiah. Unfortunately, the dispensation of the Law is back into effect, so your salvation will be based on faith PLUS works, not just on faith alone, as during the age of the Church. In Matthew 24:13, Jesus was speaking of this time when he said, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved”. That means you can’t give up! It will be hard. Besides a very real fear for your life, you will not have the indwelling Holy Spirit to empower you. But please persevere! Know that God is real and that you can still spend eternity with Him. You will be persecuted – Revelation 12:17 says, “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ”. The woman referred to in this verse is Israel, and the remnant of her seed are the ones who keep the commandments and have a testimony of Jesus during this time. In Revelation 14:13, an angel tells John (who wrote the book of Revelation) to write, “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them”. Cling to that! Let it inspire and encourage you. If you have access to a Bible, you should read Hebrews, James and I, II and III John, which contain rich doctrinal application in regards to being obedient to the Law of Moses. Being obedient involves living in authentic faith, being poor (because of rejecting the mark), and suffering while abiding in Christ.

God temporarily allowed Israel to be blinded, as pictured in II Corinthians 3. Similarly, all others who reject God’s Son may be blinded. Verse 15 says, “But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart”. What this is saying is that Israel is blind to their Messiah. If you have been left behind, you may be blind as well. The solution to blindness is found in the very next verse – “Nevertheless when it (Israel’s heart) shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.” That’s a promise! Turn your heart to God, whether you can see Him right now, or not! Be willing to do whatever it takes to identify with HIM!

Hope for those left behind

Revelation 7:13-17 is a beautiful picture of those who will be saved during the Tribulation. As previously mentioned, there will be 144,000 Jewish evangelists, and there will also be a great number of Gentiles, who listened to their witness. No doubt others will be saved when they remember things they were told before the Rapture, or from reading accounts left on earth by Christians. The Gospel preached during the post-Church age will not be that of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ; but rather the Gospel of the Kingdom, as Jesus said in Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come”. What a cause for rejoicing – an everlasting Kingdom is about to be established by the Lord Jesus Christ! This will be a literal, political Kingdom, where He will physically reign from His throne. There will be no more socialism, capitalism or any other factions, and there will truly be peace on earth.

Be strong in your faith, even if it means forfeiting your life, and do NOT take the mark of the beast or worship him or his image. Some might be inclined to think that they will be able to openly comply with the beast’s demands and secretly be a believer, but it doesn’t work like that. If you take the mark or worship any other than God, you will spend all eternity in hell. Period. There will be no turning back. Please believe me and heed these words. Remember the story of Noah? Noah is a type of a believer during the Tribulation. Like him, if you want to be saved, you will have to go against the current of the world. You will suffer now, but I promise it will be worth it in the end. In Luke 12: 4-5, Jesus told His followers, “Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear Him, which after He hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear Him”.

I have prayed while writing these words that they may touch someone’s heart. I hope that this text may inspire someone who has been left behind and give hope. If you read this, I pray that you will be saved and that I will see you one day in Heaven.

Worship Jesus as your Savior and Messiah
DO NOT take the mark!
Obey the commandments (read Hebrews and James)

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Armageddon, God, Heaven, Jesus, Judgement, Left Behind, Rapture, Salvation, Tribulation, Wrath

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author avatar Candy Spilman
Former journalist turned freelancer. I'm a mom and grandma and love to write about family or Christian topics.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
21st Jul 2014 (#)

An interesting take.

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