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The Snare Is Set

Hal Lindsey, of The Late, Great, Planet Earth fame, called it “the great snatching up.” The mental picture is of one of those old Jungle Jim films starring Johnny Weissmuller in his post-Tarzan days.

A leopard or other big cat would be stalking through a thick jungle and suddenly it would be violently snatched up when it hit a certain trip mechanism on the snare. A thick net would grab the beast and it would spring upward with the enraged cat, keeping it encased while it flailed mightily above the jungle floor. Jungle Jim would then have captured a leopard for a zoo or he would have rid the area of a man-eater. It was all very exciting for a boy of ten or so sitting in an air-conditioned  movie theater munching popcorn back in those days.

Before those beasts could be caught up, of course, much preparation was made by the one doing the capture. Jungle Jim would usually order natives of the area to carefully place the net flat in a jungle pathway, then camouflage it. The sapling or thick branch was then bent to provide the tremendous spring the trap would need to capture and hold a 150-pound or larger leopard. With the big cat captured, the people left on the ground would be safe from its prowling about and possibly its attacking the most vulnerable inhabitants of the African countryside.

Hal Lindsey, of course, was talking about “the great snatching up”in reverse, so to speak. He, in his biblically prophetic study of times surrounding his writing The Late, Great, Planet Earth, was talking about the prophecy given by Jesus as recorded by the Apostle Luke:

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. (Luke 21:34-36)

In this case, as laid out by the Lord, Himself, the viciousness of the beast world will be left on the earth, and the people to be protected will be snatched into the air to safety. Peter the apostle says this about the one who is even now on the ground that surrounds us, looking to attack us: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

The Apostle Paul tells us in great detail about this “snatching up.” Here is the prophecy most directly pertinent:

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

Harpazo, as many know, is the Greek word to express being “caught up.” People who live to experience the Rapture and Christians who have died during the Church Age (Age of Grace) will be “caught up” or “snatched up.” It will happen in the “twinkling of an eye” (1 Corinthians15:52).

This instantaneous event that removes God’s people from deadly conditions on earth, unlike ol’ Jungle Jim’s snare that leaves people safe on the ground from the leopard while removing the evil, takes no preparation by any human agency. Jesus finished all preparation on the cross at Calvary when He said, “It is finished.”

All one must do to be removed in that twinkling-of-an-eye moment is to believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ according to Romans 10:9-10. While no preparation needs be made beyond simply accepting that call to salvation, the snare is set that will soon leave the world of rebels against God to face the roaring lion described by Peter.

We have, in these commentaries over the years, gone over in depth all of the signals Jesus and the prophets foretold will be in view at the time of this snare-like intervention into the affairs of rebellious earth dwellers. Those indicators are literally everywhere we look upon the planet’s end-times horizon. The spiritually attuned believer can know when that end-times generation will appear at the very end of the age.

Israel, the fig tree in prophetic symbolism, is the key sign.

Again, we look at Scripture to see that the snare is now set that will catapult Christians to Heaven.

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. (Luke 21: 25-36)


  1. hawk2017 says:

    Lookijng forward to the ‘Harpazo.:)

  2. Christy Benoist says:

    ME TOO Hawk..me too!!! MARANATHA

  3. beccylkramer says:

    It can’t be soon enough. Come Lord Jesus. I am ready!!

  4. I don’t know about everyone else, but as much as I am so ready to leave this evil dwelling, I am not ready to leave those that I love behind to face this horrific evil that is coming. I am grateful for EVERY second to speak about Jesus and His amazing love for fallen man. He has a plan for each of us, and I still have hope that He is sweeping the world for the lost. I enjoy your articles so much Terry, because you always finish with a message of hope!! And I believe in hope!!

  5. John Clark says:

    We can’t leave off the next verse after I Thess. 4:16-17. Verse 18 says “Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

  6. Godfrey says:

    Yes, man has fallen from the love of God. But God extended His love to the fallen/ Mans response is to obey, come sin, repent and let the will of God be done.

  7. greatgrany5 says:

    I often thought as a teenaged girl back in the 50’s that I would never see the day when Americans would curse God and His Son! I even made that a very vocal statement but here we all are, seeing the evil daily! We know in our inner being that Jesus is only waiting for God Almighty to give Him the command “GO GET YOUR BRIDE!” .

    Now is the hour to get all of our Houses cleaned, ready and saved. No more being afraid of speaking the truth and listening to THE HOLY SPIRIT inside each one of us to speak the whole truth in love and authority to those who are near us at all times. Gentleness, kindness
    ,, truth and love beyond anything we have ever known before!

  8. mary hernandez says:

    Amen brother, leave the world of rebels!!! Oh! my gosh, i read these words all the time and I just get so excited, imagine in the blink of an eye, being transformed into being like the angels, no more pain, no more crying, no more sorrow, no more sleeping or having to do these body functions!!! I look forward to be with the more than I can convey!! Our children never falling sick, being set free from sin, imagine that, we won’t sin anymore! Wow!!! what a promise. We will be transformed!!!!!
    I look forward to that day!!!!

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