We are in what is considered by many the most troubling time in history. I would add that we are also in the most exciting time in all of history—the time very near the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to planet earth.
Considering all that is going on brings the need to think about what will be the most stunning headline ever to cross a newspaper front page or television newscast.
Much of what follows comes, with some editing, from a book I wrote many years ago.
However, with all that is transpiring with such swiftness and in such profusion, my thoughts back then might truly come to fruition at any moment.
But a stunning headline, as suggested by this commentary’s title, will one day –perhaps very soon—leap from the front pages of the world’s major newspapers. Things bursting across the world will, in that stupefying moment, make all going on before it seem as nothing.
Newscasters will break into regularly scheduled programming on television and radio programs. The Internet will rage with the distressing revelation:
Millions have vanished, and it’s as if the planet has been turned upside-down and inside-out.
This is the one event that will grab and hold the attention of every individual on earth who has ability to understand what has happened. Panic will ensue.
What happened? What’s going on? These will be the primary questions at the heart of the fear-filled thoughts of every person who learns of the disappearances. Many will have witnessed the sudden vanishings up close and personal, as ABC sports used to put it. The planet will be abuzz with terror.
America, the nation with perhaps the largest numbers of Christians, will instantly lose its very heart. The greatest nation to ever exist, in terms of creative genius and industrial acumen and productivity, will be forever changed in a microsecond of time.
America will suffer loss as will no other country when the calamity of all calamities sweeps millions upon millions from the planet. The instantaneous disappearances will leave the nation and the world terrified—and searching for answers.
So, getting directly to earth-bound scenarios that I speculate will immediately follow the Rapture, let’s look at some dark probabilities.
The most immediate things that assault the senses while people look around them are the clothing and other things that fall to the ground, the pavement, and the floors. The only evidence that those who suddenly vanished were ever on earth are the clothing and other personal items they no longer need. The prosthetic devices of every sort, too, give the news pundits something to talk about on the programs that are dominated by one subject: the disappearance of millions.
But in my speculative view, the most frightening, then, as the knowledge sets in, the most agonizing thing that grips the world is the fact that every single child who hasn’t reached the age of accountability for his or her soul is gone from the planet in that millisecond. Every womb of every left-behind woman who is with child at the time of the disappearances is suddenly empty. God, in that astonishing moment, makes a monumental and unmistakable statement about His opinion of when life begins!
Can we even begin to imagine the excruciating emotional explosion taking place all over the world?
With the intimately personal cataclysms still raging, other just as staggering considerations flood the fear-filled thoughts of men and women left behind.
Again, in America, martial law is immediately invoked. But before the much-denuded military and law enforcement personnel can regroup to enforce order, looters of every sort move freely throughout decimated society, pillaging, destroying, and raping whatever and whomever they find in their rampaging paths.
The consciences of man are no longer under the control of the Holy Spirit, as in the time just before the disappearances occurred. Homes, empty of their vanished occupants, are open game, and the looters don’t stop to give a second thought to the horrendous future mankind now faces. They think, as I heard Dr. Charles Stanley once say, they have died and gone to their warped picture of heaven.
We’ve only begun to explore what the left-behind world will be like and the likely dynamics that will rearrange the earth for Antichrist’s appearance.
People have vanished all over the world in less time than it takes for light to enter the eye and strike the retina. The chaos is worldwide, but nowhere is it as profound as within the United States of America. Just a matter of time, however, will prove that the ramifications are geopolitically staggering—for one nation in particular, in addition to America. (More about that nation later.)
The American government at every level soon determines that every child below, most likely, the teenage years is gone. Every pregnant woman who remains suffers the loss of the baby in her womb. But some other things are even more troubling to the officials:
Government in Crisis
With officials missing at every level, government is totally disrupted, and the powers-that-be quickly recognize that not even martial law is going to be able to reestablish the revenue basis for carrying on government as usual. A huge part of the tax base—a fatally proportionate one—is no longer here to provide the funds to carry on government as usual. Much of the workforce, particularly the most vital, skilled force that is the heart and soul of American industry and fidelity to the good work ethic, has disappeared in that stupefying moment.
There will be instant attention paid to formulating a completely changed monetary system to deal with the crisis.
The carnage alone caused by the many accidents and other disappearance-engendered problems require massive manpower and in many cases extraordinary skills to begin restoring order. These needed people are gone in great numbers.
Europe, on the other hand—while dumbfounded, even extremely worried over the vanishings—seems to have suffered little infrastructure damage. Economy, well structured by the European Union Parliament for the most part, has only minimum glitches in keeping things running. Now it is directed by the upper echelon of the American government that is left to advise and assist in helping with things–especially with reestablishing America’s economic base on sound footing.
Enemies on Alert
America’s particularly bad circumstances do not go without notice by others within the nation-states of the world. Russia and China take special notice. They assess how America’s military complex has been affected.
Islamics who want their religion to rule the world are delighted. The Great Satan has gotten its deserved punishment from Allah. Although Islamic children, too, have disappeared, the adults who remain in great numbers are still available to make war—and love, in order to replenish the children. The terrorist Islamic organizations are delighted, and immediately see jihad against their enemies—particularly against the Jews of the world and Israel.
Israel Comes to Attention
Israel’s governmental leaders come to two stunning realizations:
1) Their only ally, with the greatest thermonuclear deterrent in the world, is in chaos.
The US government officials who remain are doing all within their power just to make deals with the EU in order—somehow—to regain their own power. There is no time, or even facility, to see to Israel’s protection.
2) The greatest supporters of Israel and the Jews—their best friends—are no longer on the planet! While America’s top leaders who are still around are coming to understand there must be a complete rearrangement of economy and monetary matters, Israel is getting reports of plans for attack by the Arabs, Persians, and other Islamics who understand what has happened as an opportunity provided them by Allah to once-and-for-all eradicate the hated Jew and the impostor state of Israel.
Well, I leave it to you to paint your own picture of what transpires from this point. Just read the book of Revelation and the Old Testament books of Joel, Zechariah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and others to fill out your own scenarios.
Paul the apostle’s words will be a good place to start forming your own conclusions in thinking about the return of Jesus as given in Revelation 19:11.
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:3–12)