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Departure, Disappearance, Devastation

The grocery store shelves across America, like Old Mother Hubbard’s shelves, are growing increasingly bare. The ships are being kept from entering the harbors to be unloaded on the docks.

The semi tractor-trailer trucks are idle because truck drivers, refusing the jabs, are walking off the job, so what few containers that do get unloaded from the ships aren’t moving to the rest of the nation.

Workers throughout the country, in most every business, are refusing to work, either because of vaccination demands or because they are given paydays through stimulus madness. All this is creating production and distribution problems that threaten to totally disrupt society. Prices are rising dramatically while economic pressures are in process of producing…well, the experts aren’t sure what. Perhaps inflation, stagflation, recession, depression, or even something worse that the world hasn’t experienced previously.

Gasoline prices are headed toward all-time highs at the pumps in some parts of the country because those ideologues that see fossil fuels as killing Mother Earth have shut down the previous presidential administration’s successful efforts to make the U.S. once again energy independent. Soon, home energy costs will be so high as to possibly endanger some who live within the coldest climates of America. The rest of us will—if the environmental wackos have their way—just have to swelter during the heat of summers.

Rolling blackouts because of shutting down coal-fired power plants and even nuclear power plants have already begun taking place. Soon, the entire nation will experience what California and others are going through, making daily life ever more unpleasant. This is the forecast of the dystopian bloggers and podcasters who constantly and consistently prophesy the coming time of unprecedented plunges in living conditions on a planet headed for disaster.

These predict that the globalists elite are even now in process of destroying this, the most advanced and powerful nation ever to exist. They have used COVID-19 and the vaccine mandate tyranny to bring chaos. They have used political shenanigans and stolen elections at every level to bring about cultural and societal change that is hastening the fall of the nation.

That fall must take place, according to those who observe matters involved, in order to bring about the one-world, utopian existence the global architects envision. America is the holdup to progress in the ages-long lust to put all the populations of the world under the despotic thumb of a central, authoritarian, select few.

America’s greatest enemies, like China and Russia, many fear, are planning invasions of various kinds—and are even already implementing some of the cyberspace and other less kinetic forms of warfare. It is just a matter of time until all these outer assaults, along with the internal evil that is undermining America’s foundations at every juncture, bring about the collapse of this great republic.

Those of us who study Bible prophecy from the pre-Trib view see almost exactly the same developments as do those who have no particular religious viewpoint. The intent can’t be missed as the globalist architects employ their unceasing assaults, particularly on the US, but also against all nation-states that insist on maintaining sovereign territory within defined borders.

We see beyond the fears held by those who have no biblical view—or at least no Bible view that is based on sound interpretation. We know that God’s judgment is coming. As a matter of fact, Jesus, Himself, spoke of previous times much like those we are experiencing. He talked about the days of Noah and the days of Lot, as we have mentioned here numerous times.

We have seen that, just as the Lord said, times now are much like they were in Noah’s day. Violence fills the whole earth. Every thought of mankind seems to be only on evil continually.

Today is like the time of Lot in Sodom. We don’t have to have an extraordinary amount of insight to understand the strange, unnaturalness involved with the LBTQ or whatsoever sexual deviancy pervading present-day culture and society. We are apparently at the very brink of judgment described by Jesus while on the Mount of Olives those 2000 something years ago.

To those who view all of this from the pre-Trib view of Bible prophecy—that Christ will call the Church to Himself before that judgment falls—the time could well be at hand for fulfillment.

The departure (the disappearing of all believers from planet earth) as given in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, when the Lord spoke of the Day of the Lord and of the man of sin stepping onto the pages of end times history:

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.

The “falling away” in this text, it has now been assessed by most all biblical scholars of the pre-Trib ilk, speaks of a spatial or physical departure from one place to another. Others still view this falling away as falling away from the faith—belief in Christ as prerequisite for salvation. Thorough study shows that the translators of Bible texts going back to the 1500s and beyond interpret this as spatial departure rather than as spiritual defection.

I, personally, believe it could mean both a spatial and a spiritual departure. What follows that departure is the coming on the scene of Antichrist. We see his foreshadow in every direction on the geopolitical, societal/cultural, and religious landscape of our time.

Jesus said that, like in Lot’s removal from Sodom, the very day all Christians are removed from earth to the heavenly clouds of Glory to be with their Savior and Lord, judgment and seven years of devastation will fall.

Jesus said that when we see all of this begin to come to pass, we are to look up and lift our heads. Our redemption will be drawing near.

We who know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord can only echo God’s own glorious declaration.

He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. (Revelation 22:20)


  1. huberrw6559 says:

    Such a good summary and all about Jesus coming! Thank you Terry!

  2. Lyndon Weggery says:

    Good comments Terry and especially about the “departure ” of the Saints. It has always made sense that God will remove his remnant from the wrath to come when he unleashes His judgments on a rebellious world.Still believe in a 3rd Great Awakening starting in America before the Rapture occurs as a last great Ingathering of the Bride of Christ and are we talking about a billion souls coming into the Kingdom?

  3. Ed Wood says:

    Revelation {6:5} And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. {6:6} And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and [see] thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

    King James renders the monetary unit as a penny, however it probably was actually a denarius. One denarius was the standard wage for a day worker in Jesus’ time. In the passage above we see that the cost of a day’s worth of food would take this worker’s entire income. Sounds like a description of major inflation to me.

    The rest of the passage isn’t exactly clear, well, not to me, but to hazard a guess, I’d say that these last two commodities are probably mainly products used by the wealthy. In other words, the rich people will still be living well while most of the world suffers.

    While the riding of the black horseman will not come until the Tribulation, it seems to me that we are getting a preview of things to come right now. I have no doubt that the northern hemisphere’s coming winter will be a very rough ride for most of the people living in nations that were once considered prosperous, joining the millions who’ve already lived in want across the planet. It won’t only be food scarcity and everything else as Terry described above.

    I would not be surprised to see electronic systems be unrepairable as the shortage of integrated circuit chips grows. If China invades Taiwan, the ripples of this would certainly affect other countries in the region which manufacture these products. Just about every aspect of modern life will be compromised if this comes to pass.

    Even so, the richest of the rich will barely be touched at first. Yet there will come a time in the days ahead when even they will be begging the mountains to cover them from the wrath to come.

    Revelation {6:15} And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; {6:16} And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and
    hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: {6:17} For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

    But as believers, we know that God has a better plan for us all, just as Terry also pointed out above.

    • niki887 says:

      Thank you that was very eloquent.😊 I agree with you. We are here in America are not used to food scarcity or loss of our heat. I live in Michigan and I’m thinking we’re going to have a hard winter. But if we look at our troubles in light of the cross and eternity this time of discomfort will be short for us. I pray Lord JesusTo come quickly I’m so thankful for my Savior.

      • Ed Wood says:

        Thanks for those kind words, Niki. I live in Connecticut which usually doesn’t have the kind of extremes you folks in Michigan do, but it does get well below freezing during much of the winter. Money has always been tight all my life, so I’m used to living frugally.

        An advantage of that was learning to go without and to make the old stuff last a long time. To the last point, I got fairly proficient at fixing autos, lawn equipment, things around the house, and electrical devices. This has really been a benefit over the years.

        Still, the greatest advantage of all is to realize that there are so many big things on so many levels that I can’t possibly fix. God is truly my only ultimate resource. He has always been, is, and will be, no matter how dark the upcoming days will be.

        How much darker they, and eternity, will be for people who have turned their backs to him!

  4. Keith Johnson says:

    I agree with all of the above. I live in northwest Montana where winter temps. could drop well below zero. I have a wood burning heat source and have many acres of firewood just outside my front door. But I depend on gasoline powered equipment to gather that firewood. Gasoline could become very expensive and not always available, especially if tanker truck deliveries are cut off.
    However I firmly believe Jesus will stick to His promise He made in Luke 21: 35, 36 where He said “Pray that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass and to stand before the Son of Man”. Praise His HOLY NAME !!!

  5. ChristineInCleveland says:

    Hi Terry,
    Very insightful & spot on commentary! As a resident of northeast Ohio, each week as I go to the grocery store I hold my breath to see if the national food shortages or every day staples will be impacting the places I patronize. Thankfully I am still finding shelves stocked & the prices are not out of control far as increases. Certain name brands can be up but you can still find lower price house brands if you want.
    As far as gasoline, I use the app Gas Buddy and can find stations as much as 30¢ a gallon less than the average price in my neighborhood. I pray every day for God’s providence over the things we believers can’t control & like you I keep close tabs on all the signs of how very close we are to coming home to be with our dear Lord & Saviour! I read your blog regularly & appreciate all you do to shine the light of Christ.

  6. Sandra Zollman says:

    This all seems so surreal. It is happening so quickly that it is almost hard to believe. Why aren’t people all over this world crying out against what these evil governments are doing? Can people really be so blind? Because the prophesies of the end must be fulfilled so it must happen. It is frightening that biblically educated believers know what is happening and the rest of the world has no idea what is going on. I have prayed daily for years for Jesus to come for us and I pray it is very soon. Can you imagine being with Jesus? That we will see such a thing in our life time!

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