The Bible is very specific about the events that will take place before Jesus arrives and the conditions of the earth that will exist, just prior to His return. As we see the hearts of people around the world, we realize that something profound is taking place. Sin, perversion, evil, and rebellion is increasing all over the world. Governments have progressively become more corrupt and the leaders who determine the rights of free people have buckled under pressure from political correctness. Today, the very things that Jesus said would happen before His return are taking place. In the midst of uncertainty and fear, there is a promise made to all of us by Jesus, that He will come again:
I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. –John 14:2-3
Concerning the return of Jesus to the earth, here is what we know for certain: He came before, He promised to come again.
Near the end of His ministry, Jesus promised His followers that He would come again when everything was ready. There were many events of world history that needed to take place first, before He could return. When theses things were completed, He said that He would come again.
When we speak of the “Last Days,” we should understand that this period of time began with the arrival of Jesus on the earth the first time. The last days will be concluded by “The Day of the Lord,” during the Tribulation period. The day of the Lord is specifically detailed in the book of Revelation chapters 6-19.
Some of the confusion over the timing of the Rapture has resulted from a lack of knowledge regarding the term: “The Day of the Lord.” This term is always used to describe the return of the Messiah to the earth, at the end of Daniel’s seventieth week; the seven year tribulation period. In 1 Thessalonians, chapter 5, Paul describes a very specific event in which He states that this information he is giving us, came directly from Jesus (by the word of the Lord).
“For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 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. 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. –1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
The Greek word for “caught up” is Harpazo.Harpazo means “to be snatched away or taken away by force.” It is a word in the Greek language that is used to describe a general who takes hostages by force. Harpazo is also used in the New Testament as translated–by force.
When this verse was translated from Greek into Latin, the word that the translators used here for “caught up” was the Latin word “Rapturo,” which is where the English word “Rapture” originated from. This is why we use the word “Rapture” to describe the event of Jesus’ return for His church, as described by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
It is clear by the events that are taking place, all over the world; that the return of Jesus is near. This book details the specific events that will take place, before, during and after Jesus arrives.