With the present health crisis and the restrictions necessary to combat the virus, some are wondering if this could be the end times. This message briefly outlines what God has revealed about the end times. It also tells you how to avoid being here for these events!
The rapture, or the “catching away” of the church is the next event on God’s revealed calendar. This could take place at any moment. Jesus will return in the air to resurrect those who had trusted him and had died, and reunite their spirits with their resurrection bodies. Immediately after this, Jesus will catch up all those who have trusted him who are still alive to be with them.
The Tribulation Period
Following the rapture of the church, there will be a time of turmoil on the earth. A world ruler will come on the scene – the Antichrist. He will sign a treaty with Israel for seven years, establishing peace in the Middle East and allowing Israel to rebuild the temple and reinstitute sacrifices. At the mid-point, the Antichrist will break his covenant and establish himself as god in the temple. He will demand that all people worship him and receive his mark. Those who refuse will be persecuted and killed.
During this time, God will pour out his wrath on the inhabitants of the earth in three series of judgments, each more horrible than the last. The first are the seal judgments. The apostle John sees a scroll in heaven sealed with seven seals. As Jesus Christ opens each seal, judgment pours out on the earth. Upon opening the seventh seal, seven angels are given trumpet to announce seven more judgments on the earth. When the seventh trumpet sounds, seven more angels are given seven bowls filled with God’s wrath to pour out on the earth.
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
At the end of the judgments, Jesus returns to deliver Israel, and defeat the gathered armies of the world. Jesus establishes his 1,000 year kingdom on earth.
Are you ready?
These events are not merely science fiction. God has declared them – they will happen. So what can you do to be ready? Trust in Jesus today. Repent of you sin and receive the forgiveness and eternal life that Jesus offers.
Additional audio messages dealing with these end time events can be found at https://sbcauburn.com/sermon-series/whats-ahead-from-here-to-eternity/