Commentary By: Gordon King
I think about heaven a lot, I think about the times that we are living in a lot, and I think about the rapture of the church a lot! And in doing so I often think about why things are the way they are and what impact they have on our life and on our after life. Something that I have been thinking about lately is how evil in the world will affect the timing of the rapture of the church. Does increasing evil and wickedness in the world have any correlation with the rapture of the church?!
It seems to me that rising evil in the world will become so bad that it will in a way cause the rapture of the church. This may seem like an irrational statement to some, it may even sound presumptuous to assume that evil could be a cause for God to take His bride from the earth, but we do know that increasing evil and wickedness are signs of the closeness of Christ’s return and the rapture of the church!
But my question is if excessive evil plays a major role in ushering in the rapture of the church?
Some of you will agree that it most definitely does, the bible warns us over and over again of just how evil the world will be just before both of these events take place, just as in the days of Noah. While others will say that it doesn’t matter how evil the world is, it is God who is in control, it is God who will take His bride when He is good and ready!
I tend to agree with both statements, I believe that God will take the church when He is good and ready, and at the same time it will be when evil is close to reaching a pinnacle in the world that God is good and ready! In essence increasing evil will squeeze the church right out of this world!
Let us look back in history at Sodom and Gomorrah, both were seething with evil and wickedness, I don’t think that they could have been much worse. God saw that they were evil continually, in rebellion to Him, and He said that He would destroy them. But what did God do first? He took the righteous out before He destroyed them! Increasing evil to the point of no return led to the removal of the righteous.
‘Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord. 23 And Abraham came near and said, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24 Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? 25 Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” ‘
Let’s also look back to the days of Noah. The times were evil and wicked, scripture tells us that the people were evil continually.
“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.“
People were so bad that they only had evil thoughts and desires, they did not feel any remorse or guilt for what they did or how they behaved. It grieved God’s heart so much that He was sorry that He made them and promised to destroy them, all except the righteous! He took the righteous, Noah and his family, from the earth and kept them safe in the Ark, a representation of our salvation in Christ, but I also believe a representation of the rapture of the church! God saving Noah and his family was precipitated by increased evil in the world, evil so bad that it was at the point of no return!
Increasing evil to the point of no return led to the removal of the righteous before God destroyed the evil. Therefore we can make the bold statement that excessive evil will precipitate the rapture of the church! It may sound too simple, but in many ways its just that plain and simple!
As believers we know or we should know that God is in control of all things, but we also know that humans have a free will, and we also know that Satan causes evil to happen and is often the tool of evil. With that being said we know that God allows evil to exist and happen through our own desire and will, but also by and through Satan. By God allowing these things to happen He is still in control or else He wouldn’t let them happen in the first place! And if evil forces the church to be raptured from the earth then it is by God’s will. It is not God’s will for evil to exist, but it is God’s will for us all to have our own will, we are created in His image. He allows these things to happen because He is a just and righteous God, because He is a God of supreme integrity and character. This may all seem a little bit complicated, but it must be understood in order to know why evil is playing a major role in forcing the church from the earth. None of us know all of God’s ways, many are a mystery to us, so why He does all that He does we don’t always know.
If evil in the world wasn’t so excessive, if it wasn’t close to the point of no return, would the rapture of the church still happen? I don’t know. Let me ask you this, if Sodom and Gomorrah were not so evil would God not have destroyed them? If people in the days of Noah were not evil continually would God not have destroyed them? Would God have not taken the righteous from the earth? These are questions that we must ask ourselves in order to know the truth, questions we must think about in order to know the times that we are now living in, the time just before the rapture of the church!
Lets think about the times that we are now living in and compare them to the times of Sodom and the days of Noah. Evil in those days was close to reaching a pinnacle if it already wasn’t there, they were in God’s eyes at the point of no return, they had crossed the proverbial red line.
The days that we are now living in are quickly becoming like those days, where people have evil thoughts continually, when they are in rebellion to God and anything godly. They condone the ungodly, they support what is unrighteous and unholy and they now call it good! They sacrifice unborn babies by the millions each year, support perversions which God calls abominations, they twist the truth to meet their own desires, and they do it all without any guilt or remorse. In fact not only do they do it without any guilt but they do it believing that they are doing the right thing!
Not only do they call evil good, but they now call good evil! They call faithful believers in Jesus Christ terrorists! They condemn us for being righteous and holy, and they say that we are intolerant haters because we believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. They claim that the bible is old and antiquated, that it is out of date, that it does not pertain to our modern society and that it must be either changed or eliminated completely! This is where we are in the world today, a world which is very quickly coming close to crossing the red line if it hasn’t already!
Do people of the world today feel any remorse for rebelling against God, for persecuting believers in Jesus Christ? Do they have any thoughts that just maybe they are wrong in their beliefs and actions, or do they stand firm in them not ever knowing or believing the truth?
If you ask me I would say that the majority of the world has already crossed that red line, that they have crossed the point of no return! We are quickly reaching a point where the world is continually evil, when evil is good and the righteous are seen and labeled as evil.
Could the increasing evil in the world be the trigger for the rapture of the church?
God did not allow for the righteous to be left in the world when the world reached a point of no return, when evil was close to reaching a pinnacle. I believe that He did it for at least two reasons, first He did it because He was going to destroy the wicked, but I believe that He also did it because He did not want the evil to corrupt the good, those that were righteous and holy. And perhaps He also did it to show mercy on the righteous. I don’t know all of the reasons why God did what He did or does what He does, they remain mysteries.
If we are closing in on the world coming to a point of no return in regards to evil, then how much time do we have left before the rapture of the church?! God will only wait so long before He pours out His wrath upon the wicked, and if that is the case and it is, then first He will remove the church through the rapture, just as He removed the righteous from Sodom, just as He removed Noah and his family! I believe that our time is very short my friends, that the rapture of the church is imminent, it could happen at any time.
God bless my friends! Maranatha!