If you are watching for our Messiah and King's return and you are awake, then you are likely aware that there have been many reports of great distress and evil coming upon the world through imminent economic collapse, martial law, and war. In fact, many are saying that these things will happen simultaneously in the very near future, but they’re not sure if it will be before or after the Rapture.
However, although I feel that we already have experienced Tribulation, and we will surely have to suffer some more adversity before the Rapture, I have a strong feeling in my heart that the worst of man's tribulations against man will come after the Rapture, and not before. So even though things are bad right now, the unsaved world hasn't seen anything yet compared to what they will see - both immediately after the Rapture, and beyond.
Well, as I contemplated this attitude of uncertainty and anxiety in the Church today, Yahweh God laid it upon my heart to make His Will concerning the Rapture very clear, and to show how it is our “Blessed Hope”, as shown in the Scripture attached to the graphic pictured with this article. As per God’s Word in the Bible, the Rapture is God's supernatural rescue of His saints before a terrible time of trouble. This is made clear through the words of Yahshua speaking through the Gospel-writer Luke and John the Revelator. First, let’s take a look at Luke’s testimony of Yahshua’s words:
Look at Yahshua’s words in verse 34 of the above passage from Luke’s Gospel. People are not “carousing” in “drunkeness” in the midst of terrible affliction because they are too busy trying to stay alive. They are also not too worried about “the cares of this life” because their normal concerns over their finances, family and daily affairs will not be important when their world falls into utter chaos and all they have to rely on is their faith. Yahshua also makes it clear that this day will come upon the whole world unexpectedly except for those who watch for Yahshua’s return. He also makes it clear that those who are truly watching will be praying always that they “may be counted worthy to escape all these things”.~*~ Luke 21:34-36 ~*~“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Now, here’s some wisdom. The only way to truly “escape all these things” that are coming upon the world - which are clearly being broadcast in the heavens and on the Earth through all the signs that God is giving to those who are watching - will be to be bodily removed from it. Incidentally, this is what the Rapture or “Catching Away” is described as, and is meant to do:
~*~ 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 ~*~Yahshua also made a clear promise that He is coming for His Bride and the Five Wise Virgins before “the hour of trial”, which is referred to in the Book of Revelation:
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
This “hour of trial” is a reference to the Great Tribulation, when God’s Wrath will be poured out on the Earth via cataclysmic supernatural events originating from the heavens - beginning with the Sixth Seal Judgment (See Rev. 6:16-17). Furthermore, since Scripture teaches that those who are born-again are not subject to God’s Wrath, the Bride and Five Virgins who are born-again will not be here when the Great Tribulation begins:~*~ Revelation 3:10-11 ~*~“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.”
~*~ 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 ~*~Also take note that in 1 Thessalonians 4 and 5 quoted above, the word “comfort” is used to describe the tone of the message that the Apostle Paul was relaying. Now ask yourself: “How can there be comfort in these words if we are to live through the Great Tribulation, which will be the worst time in human history?” So do not allow the doomsayers to make you doubt or believe that you will have to suffer through the Great Tribulation. Have faith in the promises of your Messiah and Bridegroom to you, His Bride - promises that are clearly laid forth in Scripture - and do not allow your discernment to be impaired by fear or doubt. Just remember to remain sanctified by faithfully following Christ, and praying always that they will “be counted worthy to escape all these things”.
“For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. 11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another...”
Your Sister in Yahshua,
Helena Lehman of the
Pillar of Enoch Ministry