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RAPTURE MESSAGE - III
 
 

Matthew 24 at the door

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”- Matt 24:7 (KJV)

“Prophecy” remarked a wise soul “is nothing but history written in advance”. Quite true! Have we ever wondered, why there were plethora of prophecies regarding Jesus’ I advent? He could have well taken been born to a virgin supernaturally, lived a sinless life, died an atoning death on the cross, rose again providing the salvation to fallen mankind and ascended without a single prophecy foretelling all these events. But there was a prophecy regarding every single landmark occurrence in His spotless life. If Isaiah 7:14 foretold His miraculous birth then Micah 5:2 blared about the place of His birth (i,e…Bethlehem). Ditto the same about the prophecy regarding His crucifixion in Psalm 22 (penned by David at a time crucifixion as a mode of execution did not exist), resurrection in Psalm 16:10 and ascension in Psalm 68:18.

So why so many prophesies regarding His I advent? Remember on His single, singular life depended the very salvation of Mankind. So the Almighty God did not want any rationalist to attribute His unique life, death and resurrection to a mere accident or coincidence. Let me illustrate. I had a bosom buddy by name Anandeep in my school and Junior college days. After I accepted the Lord in my Junior college days, I was particularly guilty of never having shared the Gospel “full-throttle” with him. After passing out of Junior college, we pursued different fields in education as such we almost lost completely touch with each other. With passage of time, having grown more in the Lord there was that ever-growing burning desire in my heart to share the Gospel with an old mate of my alma mater. Oh how I wanted to share about the NEW joys (I was growing spiritually, you see) of the walking with the good Lord, with the chum, I had shared so many childhood joys! So I prayed fervently about it. Some years later, when I was traveling in a train in the evening hours (Rayalaseema Express to be precise, which plies between Hyderabad and Thirupathi in Andra Pradesh) I DID MEET my friend. That night, I shared the Gospel with all my heart, soul and might. I profusely thanked the Lord for all the happy time I had in my journey with my friend and the opportunity to share the Gospel with him, what with others in the compartment listening too! Look at the Lord’s providence! May be, if I had met good ole’ Anandeep in a busy bazaar, he may not have listened to me so patiently. Boy, when the good Lord answers our prayers, He does it in the best way possible! Of course my rationalist friends would doubtless attribute this fulfilling experience of mine to an accident or a coincidence. Not for them a belief that my “train encounter” was a result of passionate prayers. Now consider for a moment…if everything about my travel on that particular day when I met my old pal had been foretold by way of a writing in a certain book, would they still put it down to an accident or a coincidence? NO WAY! Ditto the same about Christ’s life…IT WAS NOT BY CHANCE THAT EVERYTHING HAPPENED IN HIS FIRST COMING, THE WAY IT DID!

So it follows that if all Biblical prophecies have been fulfilled regarding His First advent, would not all the prophecies (Matt 24:7) regarding His Second advent be also fulfilled besides others like in Psalm 2, Matt 24, Mark 13, Luke 21? SURELY YES! Simply consider the above captioned Scripture portion. While famines have been raging in African countries (the following site gives all the grim details http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00019261.htm ), the Earthquakes have been shaking the cities and villages the World over with alarming regularity.

The facts and figures encapsulated in the following table emphasize the increase in the frequency of Earthquakes. Doubtless, they would leave many a doubting Thomas regarding the impending Church rapture quaking in his boots…especially those who say “Oh earthquakes, have been occurring all along, so what is new”? Yes, what is new about this News about Earthquakes (also graphically illustrated) is the ABNORMAL increase in their frequency of occurrence in recent times, to underscore THE TRUTH about imminent Church rapture and onset of 7 years of severe tribulation. While on the context of “Abnormal” increase in Earthquakes, has not Second Coming been also compared to childbirth pangs (I Thess 5:3), which GRADUALLY INCREASE IN INTENSITY? Yes, there are pains even in 5th or 6th months of pregnancy but it is only when the time of childbirth draws near, pains become acute.
 
DATES FROM & TO PERIOD
NO of EARTHQUAKES (Magnitude > 6.99)
1863 to 1900 incl 38 yrs
12
1901 to 1938 incl 38 yrs
53
1939 to 1976 incl 38 yrs
71
1977 to 2011 incl 34 yrs
164 (to March. 2011)
(Source: http://www.earth.webecs.co.uk/index.htm)
 
  And Epidemics? At a time, health care and sanitation have improved considerably even then, have we not been witnesses to the outbreak of epidemics, worse pandemics such as Anthrax, SARS, Chickungunya, Bird Flu and now Swine flu. Are they not pointing to fulfillment of end-time prophecies before the Second Advent of Christ?

Says a WHO website

“Current epidemiological models project that a pandemic could result in two to 7.4 million deaths globally.

If an influenza pandemic were to occur today, we could expect the virus to spread rapidly due to the interconnected nature of the world and the high level of global travel.”

(Source : http://www.who.int/csr/disease/influenza/pandemic/en/)

Now if we compare the culled-out information with the following Prophecy in the Book of Daniel – noted for its end time prophecies -

“But Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal it up so that it will not be understood until the end times, when travel and education shall be vastly increased”. – Daniel 12:4

the fact would dawn upon us that all end-time Prophecies (the outbreak of epidemics and growth in travel are end-time phenomenon) are falling into place slowly but surely.

Throw-in the World wars of recent vintage (yes many wars took place in the centuries past also but were there World wars? Only now, less than a century ago, have World Wars taken place) and the full significance of Jesus’ words uttered two thousand years ago

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”- Matt 24:7 (KJV)

would register upon us with a force measuring at least 7 on the Richter scale! Now the Biblical scholars well versed with the Greek Language would tell us that the word “in divers places” means actually “every place” including unlikely places such as sea surface. Was not the devastating Tsunami of December 2004 triggered by earthquake in the sea surface off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia?

“Down here on Earth, Nations (note: several nations were affected, not one nation) will be in turmoil, perplexed by roaring seas and strange tides (Tsunami was the very definition of the word strange tide)”- Luke 21:25 b (TLB)

Now why is the good Lord sending sign after sign to the unbelieving, skeptic world? The answer is clear “in order people would believe in Him, repent and set right their relationship with Him” (2 Peter 3:9) as Grace age is poised to end anytime coinciding with the rapture of the Church.



With every single Biblical prophecy coming true in full view of the public (they are not happening in some remote corner of the World, which the prying media cannot reach), including outbreak of epidemics like “swine flu”, it stuns me that some of us are still being “pig-headed” deliberately closing their eyes to clear-as-daylight, tell tale signs?

“Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.”Jesus (Matt 24:35)

“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”Galatians 1:10

Dear Friends speak out wherever the good Lord has placed you (schools, colleges, offices’, business places etc) about the imminent rapture (I Peter 3:15), even if there is a great risk of rejection in all quarters, for no genuine prophet was ever accepted by the people of his generation but still the servant of God would go about His God-ordained task faithfully

“Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment…”Jude 23

Finally let me conclude with the insightful words of that great Biblical scholar C.S. Lewis

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.


  (Suresh Manoharan)