Commentary by: Gordon King
The world we live in is an ugly place. Evil, violence and apostasy rule the day. Demonic spirits rule the night. Spiritual warfare is manifesting itself in the physical realm. What we see happening in our day-to-day lives is often occurring first in the Spirit world.
Satan / Lucifer is, according to Ephesians 2:2 “The prince of the power of the air”. He not only controls the inner heavens but also the earth. His time here is short before the return of the Lord. He knows that he has little time, therefore he is beginning to “raise hell” before the end.
What as Christians, should we be doing in these last days here on earth? What should we be focusing on? Well, as true followers of Jesus Christ, we should be doing the will of God in our lives. We should be spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Good News. That Jesus was sacrificed on the cross, died, was buried, raised from the dead after 3 days, and ascended into heaven. That he is the only way to heaven and eternal life with God.
We should be trying to get as many people to accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, before the “rapture” of the church. Many people say that the rapture is not even mentioned in the bible. I say: “HogWash!” Of course it is.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
“13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.”
The term in verse 17 “caught up” is translated from the Greek “Harpazo” meaning “rapture” or “caught up”.
The above bible verses from 1 Thessalonians clearly states the “rapture’ of the church. And therefore encourage one another with these words. Well, it is encouraging to know that the Lord will rapture the church before the “Great Tribulation”. Amen
So we need to prepare for the coming of the Lord, first by loving God with all of our heart, soul and mind. Secondly, performing the will of God in our lives. Thirdly, spreading the “Good News”. We need to stay focused on God, the things of heaven and the truth.
Should we be afraid and fear what is coming? If you are truly a born again Christian, then no. God is with us and loves us. We are his beloved children. If you are not a Christian, then yes! You should fear what is coming. You should fear God. For, he is coming to judge the world.
Make sure that you are ready to meet your maker. Accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. He loves you dearly and wants to spend eternity with you.