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Post-Rapture Rage

Pat Robertson was once heard to say on his TV program that there couldn’t be a sudden disappearance of millions of people. That would cause such chaos and carnage that such a thing just couldn’t happen. I paraphrase, but that was very close to his declaration.

He said that it would mean cars would have massive accidents, airplanes would crash, and the world would just come unglued. This was just not going to happen, he adamantly said.

I haven’t a clue of where he was going with this except to suspect that he was making known his genuine disdain for the teaching of Rapture—particularly of the pre-Trib Rapture. He consistently railed against the teaching at the time.

This isn’t meant to cast aspersions upon Mr. Robertson. But the words I remember him saying do open up my thinking regarding things that will begin taking place immediately when people all over the world suddenly vanish before the eyes of those left behind, or when people are missing the next day where it is nighttime and most people are sleeping when the Rapture occurs.

The matter that sparked this thinking also is the explosion of violence that erupted when George Floyd, an African-American, was killed by the Minneapolis policeman just over a week ago.

Video of the officer pressing his knee into the neck of Mr. Floyd until he died went viral. It appeared to be murder caught in the act—on video recording. Even the victim’s begging to be allowed to breathe before he died was there for the world to see and hear.

Like in the cases of violence in American cities in the previous incidents where black men were killed by actions of white policemen and by a “white Hispanic” man, the city of the killing, Minneapolis, exploded in violence. The white-hot rage spread to many other large cities around America. Police vehicles were damaged and burned; the police precinct building near the scene of Mr. Floyd’s death was invaded and burned to the ground. The police fled the scene and left it to the anarchists for the most part.

Looters entered and stole all they could get, destroying buildings and businesses in the process.

Like in other cases of what was deemed police brutality, the media quickly, in my view, encouraged the violence by giving the rioters camera time and even moral support. The genuine expressions of protestation—the acts of the ones who lawfully assembled to express their anger—were lost in the anarchy that ensued.

Even CNN’s headquarters being targeted for destruction in Atlanta didn’t cause that media entity to come against the rioters to any meaningful extent. To my way of thinking, it was for that news organization, like for the anarchists, yet another opportunity to push the anti-American agenda they seem to champion.

This all, again, brought to mind the belief of those who have opinions on the Rapture—whether it will occur or is a prophetic event that will not happen.

Particularly, I’m interested in examining the opinions of those who believe the Rapture is going to occur, but who think it will have little effect on American life. It will, I’ve heard these say, hardly be noticed when it happens. Their reasoning is that there are so few “real Christians” that their numbers missing will have no significant effect.

It’s dumbfounding to think that those with such a view have witnessed the American inner cities go insane with rage over one incident and used that incident to burn and loot believe that the disappearance of millions will cause but a ripple. And factors even more traumatic than just the disappearance must be considered.

The first is the fact that every child, even those still in the womb, will be gone in that instant. We’ve gone over a number of times why this is so, as God’s very character is at stake. How can anyone believe that the national psyche will remain untouched—or touched very little—by such an occurrence?

Second, and even more importantly, the Holy Spirit will, in that moment remove as the Restrainer of evil, according to 2 Thessalonians 2. If people act as they have in the recent madness by burning their cities and looting at every opportunity, how will they react to the Rapture? Do these who think it will have little effect on society and culture really believe the anarchists won’t go completely insane with their consciences having been shed of all restraint?

We’ve seen, I believe, just a foretaste of what that post-Rapture time will be like immediately following Christ’s call to the Church. It is something for profound consideration. Would anyone want those they love to be left behind to suffer the throes of enragement witnessed within America’s cities the past week? The reality of that time will almost certainly be infinitely worse than what occurred following the outrageous killing of Mr. Floyd on the street in Minneapolis.

To avoid the post-Rapture rage, it is wise to accept pre-Rapture salvation through the grace-gift offer of the God who said:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)


13 Comments

  1. ifidddle says:

    Hi Terry. I hope you are right about the children and unborn being raptured, and I would like to hear your thinking on that. Throughout scripture, the children of the ungodly were not spared. Noah’s flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, the destruction of Israel. And, Hosea 13:16-“The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open.”
    I think part of the punishment of the ungodly is to have to endure seeing their children suffer. I hope I am wrong, and I am open to why you would believe otherwise. God Bless!

    • Terry James says:

      The incidents you mention about the destruction of children involve physical death. Their souls went instantly to Heaven, in God’s Care, the moment they were killed. Those children, our Heavenly Father Knew, wouldn’t have a chance at coming to Know Him spiritually during their lifetime.

      I believe His was actually acts of Mercy in those cases.

      When thinking on Rapture, we are talking about things involved with the soul, not the physical body. Redemption –Salvation—is one on one with Jesus Christ. it is not a corporate matter –i.e., the child attached to his or her parents, whether those parents are lost or saved.

      All who go to be with Christ in the Rapture are “saved”. They are considered Redeemed (Luke 21: 28).

      At the Rapture, those not old enough to come to a decision for accepting Christ as Savior will immediately go to the Redeemer when He says come up here! (Revelation 4: 1)

      It is a one on one with Him. –The same for all human beings ever born.

      • ifidddle says:

        Thanks. I once heard Anne Graham Lotz explain that the unborn and the very young are the Lord’s until they make the choice to sin, thus explaining the term “reconciled to Christ”. Impossible to be reconciled unless there was at some point a connection.

  2. Terry James … I so agree with you to how horrible things will be when the tribulation starts. As you said we have been exposed to how evil man’s heart truly is. With the Holy Spirit no longer here as he is now since believers are now in heaven One with any amount of Bible knowledge can imagine just what will take place. Thank you for your up to date prophecy’s.

  3. Al says:

    Great points. The current events from COVID to riots pales in comparison to the wrath God will unleash during the tribulation. We must get the word out. Salvation is free, no strings, initiations or gimmicks. Simply call on the name of the Lord and believe in He that died on the cross for YOU. Remember James 4:14, which points out that we are just a vapour, and can be extinguished at any time. . .nobody is guaranteed a tomorrow.

  4. Edward Wood says:

    I agree 100% with Terry that that the Rapture will be instantaneous. Paul says as much here:

    1 Corinthians {15:51} Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, {15:52} In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised
    incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

    What I also consider a possibility is that it will not be totally unexpected – that believers may get some kind of “heads-up” either directly from God or by someone relaying his message:

    Amos {3:7} Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

    Not only should we be watching, but listening, too, albeit carefully, so as not to be deceived by a false prophecy. Here are a couple litmus tests:

    1) A prophecy will never contradict Scripture.

    2) There will be some kind of confirmation (the multiple-witness rule – Deuteronomy 17:6; Matthew 18:16; 2 Corinthians 13:1; 1 Timothy 5:19).

    • Becca says:

      I’m gunna toss this out here and most of you will hate me. How could I be so cruel and heartless to little ones. I’m not.
      First , God doesn’t send anyone to hell. They chose to ignore GOD. Here is my conviction,and I pray I am so so very wrong , but.
      We are ALL born into sin. One is not exempt due to age of accountability. If so all our children should die before and go to heaven.
      Of course not.
      It is my suspicion that if the parents are children of God then the parent cover the children , the under age, so to speak.They are then saved with their believing parents.
      Also the opposite would be true: if the parents are not saved, their children would not be “ covered”. Part of hell would be that I was in charge of my children going to hell or coming to Christ and didn’t do it.
      Don’t send me hate mail until you have prayed about this and considered if I was right or not.

      • ifidddle says:

        Physical self and spiritual self are two different things. The physical body goes from embryo, to infancy, to childhood, to adult, and ultimately to the grave. Flesh and bone.
        Spiritual man has to be born into the Spirit of God. If we are not born again we will not enter the kingdom of heaven. (John 3:3)
        Will children and infants and even those whose lives were snuffed out by abortion stand before God’s White Throne Judgement? Or have they already arrived at His side? Having not rejected nor accepted Christ? So many things unanswered.
        I have always thought that one of the horrors of those who will go through the great tribulation will be watching their own children suffer. The children of Noah’s day suffered and died with the rest, as did the children in Sodom and Gomorrah, as did the children during the destruction of Israel.

  5. jlfcpa60 says:

    I have always felt like the rapture could coincide with other calamities for those left here anyway. For instance a nuclear exchange where the nation will break out in chaos that makes current events look like a picnic. Certainly if there is a nuclear exchange, even in a small level or a EMP exploded over our atmosphere, our communication will be cut off. People will be too busy to count heads.

    • ray messer says:

      Two will be working in the field and one will be taken and the other left. Matt 24:40 Seems to me that people will see that what the Church had been warning them came true to rebut the scoffers and mockers.

      • pete says:

        No doubt the LORD is telling us he’s coming for HIS people and then the world can have at it (for nearly 7 years). Daniel 11 confirms that we’re waiting on the abomination of desolation (what the LORD told us to watch for numerous times including watching in general. Thanks for the website – comments and letting us comment. HE’s coming any time now. Pray.

  6. Ive had the same thoughts. Look whats happening and we’re still here.

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