Some preaches say there will be no dooms day before the second coming of Jesus, but a rapture. They skip warnings about the rule of anti-Christ. They claim we wont be there.
The apocalyptic events that will bring back the Messiah, are going to bring total destruction on Earth. That is why a new Earth, and even a new Heaven is needed.
For people who believe in the Pre-tribulation rapture, this kind of total devastation will come as a surprise. For them, martyrdom in the coming days are almost unthinkable. Their pastors has simply not prepared them for the truth about the end and the age.
The best pre-Messianic-rule prophecy, about the coming total devastation prior to the second coming, is found in Isaiah 24.
It is just like the pre-tribulation rapture preachers have forgotten this chapter. It is very convenient to say that the Church shall be on the wedding banquet in Heaven when the Anti-Christ rules and total devastation strikes the Earth. Their pastors tells them, that when the horrors are over, the Church will return to Earth and rule in the Messianic age.
The true Prophet says the opposite. We will be here when the horrors strikes, and we will rejoice and praise Him. Walking inside the Great Tribulation.
The LORD’s Devastation of the Earth
1 See, the LORD is going to lay waste the earth
and devastate it;
he will ruin its face
and scatter its inhabitants—
2 it will be the same
for priest as for people,
for the master as for his servant,
for the mistress as for her servant,
for seller as for buyer,
for borrower as for lender,
for debtor as for creditor.
3 The earth will be completely laid waste
and totally plundered. The LORD has spoken this word.
2 it will be the same
for priest as for people.
It is strange that all the “priests” will be left behind, and the “Church” taken to Heaven.
14 They raise their voices, they shout for joy; from the west they acclaim the LORD’s majesty.
16 From the ends of the earth we hear singing: “Glory to the Righteous One.”
Who is going to sing like this, if the “Church”is taken away?
The people on the Earth will perish, and experience the first death. Few will survive the horrors.
Isaiah writes that only a few will survive. The rest will burn.
6 Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.
Since there are few survivors, most likely only believers, Jews and gentiles who obeyed the Messiah. No doubt that Paul got the revelation:
“Every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess, that Jesus the Messiah is Lord.
Not all the believers will survive the terror. They will face martyrdom, in the biggest blood bath on the face of the Earth ever. The children of the Anti-Christ will kill and slaughter believers, from wherever they can be rounded up and detained. Than they will be bunt alive.
But the days of Great Tribulation have been shortened for the sake of the elect. If not, no one would have been able to survive.
But behold. The second death will have no power over those who faced martyrdom. Those who have been beheaded, will rise and reign with the Messiah for a thousand years. They washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb, and came out of the Great Tribulation.
I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
The rest of mankind who face the first death, will raise from the dust and face eternal condemnation. They will face the second death, from where there is no exit, no escape.
Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.
1 Thessalonians 4:16
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.
Paul saw dooms day. The Apostle John also saw the coming destruction. He was told about the second death. The lake of fire.
Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.
Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
In the Messianic age there will be peace for 1.000 years. Because all the troublemakers faced the first death, when God’s wrath stroke the Earth. But they will all rise. The World will be ruled with an iron rod, by the Messiah ruling from Jerusalem, a new city that is coming down from Heaven. Now, the final separation of the sheep and the goats will take place.
Despite peace, there will come a final rebellion. Satan will be let loose from captivity, and deceive souls all over again.
But at the very and of his games, He and all who were deceived by him will spend eternity in the lake of fire.
Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
First published April 19th, 2013.
Written by Ivar