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Rapture and Restraint Scenario

Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, made a most interesting comment in a sermon recently televised. He said something to the effect that he believes the Rapture will occur at the moment a global holocaust of some sort is in progress.

It is interesting to me, because I remember many years ago watching a docudrama-type program, produced by Peter and Paul Lalonde, I think, that portrayed just such a scenario. Just as nuclear-armed missiles started to fly, something miraculous happened. I can’t recall whether the missiles vanished, failed to fully ignite, or what. But I believe at that moment the fictional account had the Rapture taking place.

Dr. Jeffress indicated he believed that such a holocaust situation on a global scale could be used to provide reasons for the massive disappearance of people from the populations of the world. The globalists elite might use this as part of the big lie of 2 Thessalonians chapter 3 is, I presume, what he meant.

I’m not sure I can fully embrace that particular scenario, but it fascinated me back when the Lalonde brothers presented their version, and it again piqued my imagination when Dr. Jeffress mentioned it while I was sipping coffee early the other morning.

It likely induced me to start ruminating on writing this article, because there is such a build-up to war-making I believe the New World Order types are fashioning. That build-up is more than obvious to Christian and secular observers as well who see that increase in warmongering by those who are determined to have their Great Reset so they can remake planet earth into their own imagined Utopia.

Again, the United States of America is at the center of the one-worlders’ thinking. This nation must be brought under their all-encompassing control. America is the hold up to implementing their plan to construct a world along the lines of the demonically inspired imaginations of Lenin and Lennon. We must be forced to believe that there is no Heaven, no Hell, and we all will be “as one” under the gods of this new creation—such as Klaus Schwab and his WEF henchman Noah Yubal Harari.

Americans are still buying, selling, building, planting—doing all the things pretty much as normal. While most of the rest of the nations of earth are struggling mightily, economically and in other ways detrimental to human freedom, our nation, while headed down a track that will lead to destruction, isn’t headed that way fast enough to satisfy the one-worlders.

As expressed many times in these commentaries, America is exactly in the position, the situation the Lord Jesus Christ foretold as recorded in the book of Luke. This is why I am convinced that America, the apex nation of history so far as being materially blessed is concerned, might be the specific nation and people Jesus foretold in this passage, which I believe refers to the Rapture:

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. (Luke 17:28–30)  

As I’ve mentioned many times, all nations are linked in one way or the other to the United States and the dollar. Yes. I agree completely that things are changing, and there are tremendous pressures being brought to bring down the dollar, to create alternatives to the American-dominated global financial interaction. But America continues to stand, and nothing the powers that be have tried has collapsed either the United States or the world’s economy to this point.

Nor will any earthly power be able to do so; I am of the firm opinion, based upon Jesus’ “days of Lot” prophecy. It is God, Himself, who will collapse America and the world—all deserving of His judgment and wrath, it’s sad and tragic to have to say.

Dr. Jeffress believes that a great holocaust-type catastrophe will initiate God’s judgment while the Rapture at the same time occurs. If it will be this scenario that is in play, the build-up to war we are witnessing certainly could be that global catastrophe.

Jesus said God’s judgment will, like when Lot went out of Sodom, fall that very day. That judgment completely destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, the twin cities of anti-God rebellion.

Presently Iran is said to have nuclear weapons and are going to add to their arsenal quickly. Israel has declared they will never allow Iran to have an arsenal of such weapons. So the ignition point for at least a regional war of devastating potential is in place. The Russian-Ukrainian war is building, with Putin threatening almost daily to strike a conflict-ending blow, possibly using nuclear weapons.

A general in charge of one of America’s powerful military branches is predicting war with China, the nation with the largest land army.

In a startling memo released last week, a four-star Air Force general said that he believes the United States and China will fight a war in the upcoming two years.

“A four-star Air Force general [Gen. Michael A. Minihan, USAF] sent a memo on Friday to the officers he commands that predicts the U.S. will be at war with China in two years and tells them to get ready to prep by firing “a clip” at a target, and ‘aim for the head,’” reported Reuters.

The head of the Air Mobility Command, General Minihan, is in charge of about 50,000 service members and roughly 500 planes. He is also in charge of transport and refueling…

“I hope I am wrong. My gut tells me we will fight in 2025.” (“Four star General: Be ready for this war,” New Conservative Post, January 30, 2023)

All things are building toward something earth-shattering. God continues to restrain until the instant of His next catastrophic intervention. Christ will first call believers to Himself.

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. (Luke 17:28–30)  


  1. Truth2Freedom says:

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  2. Mary Latona says:

    I recall Dr. Jack Van Impe saying, “When they come down, we’ll go up” as he grinned and pointed up. I assumed he was referring to the same thing: massive war attacks almost the same time as the rapture. Now with Turkey’s devastating earthquake, this will surely delay their involvement in the Ezekiel War as they’re laid up. And Israel, who will be their enemy, is sending aid to help them and Syria. The destruction of Damascus…. maybe it will be through a massive earthquake! We think we know how things will take place in Bible prophecy, but we’re not God. We shall see. Waiting for His blessed return and our redemption!

  3. Dave Michaelson says:

    This very scenario Terry presents could be the reason America isn’t mentioned in Bible prophecy. I know as some have said in this forum previously, its not about America-its about Israel–its Salvation and to punish a Christ rejecting world. I’ve also heard it stated before by pastors as the missiles rain down, we go up. It might very well happen this way, but I’m still pondering how all of this incredible tech and weaponry America has is utterly useless(in the Tribulation period)unless, as I stated in a previous post, most of the people who control systems-ready and thereby control and launch weaponry are Christian.They’re already at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb by the time any active engagement could happen anywhere in the world. Namely, those who hold clandestine offensive and defensive positions within America’s heir-archy are simply not here to carry out orders from elected officials if they are even here! If, as Terry suggests, America is decimated in some fashion, then it makes perfect sense why America isn’t mentioned in prophecy.

  4. Ed Wood says:

    I don’t rule out a limited nuclear exchange before the Rapture, but I don’t see a major event of this nature happening. The reason for this is that a large-scale event would take out the very technology I think the Antichrist will need to rule the world.

    Nukes do more than blast things apart at their Ground Zeros, contaminate the ground and water, and kill on at a horrendous level. The magnetic pulse from these things fry electronics and electrical systems (not to mention taking out generating stations in the range of their blasts. (We already see the Russians targeting electrical stations in Ukraine, right?)

    Without power, you are back in the 19th Century, or worse. Not only do you knock out electrical systems but if the exchange is bad enough you lose the ability to make replacement components to get them running again.

    Furthermore, it was “business as usual” for both Noah’s and Lot’s respective societies before they
    were rescued and the judgments didn’t hit until they were safely “out of Dodge.” I do think that this time it’ll be the Rapture that sends the world reeling, not a nuclear attack.

    • Dave Michaelson says:

      I actually thought about this post(after) my comment yesterday Ed. I believe you’re correct-how else could what were told in Bible prophecy happen during the Tribulation time if the world is nearly wiped out in a nuclear exchange. As you say electronics get fried, so how in the world does those who are remaining witness the 2 prophets in Jerusalem martyred and resurrected in the streets.We’re told the world will all see this, although this is probably right before the 2nd half or Great Tribulation begins. Also, prophecy states the numbers that die via famine, pestilence(s) and other means with the trumpets, bowls, and judgements ordered & opened by the angel(s) per God’s directions so how would this comport with a world-wide nuclear exchange-it wouldn’t. But there must be some nuclear exchange because were told people’s eyeballs will melt where they stand so this sounds like a nuclear blast to me.

      • Ed Wood says:

        I agree on all your points, Dave.
        You probably read this in my comments before concerning Wormwood. The word in Ukrainian for “wormwood” is “chornobyl,” the Revelation 10 account likens it to a “star” and here is a parallel between the hydrogen nuclear fusion process in both h-bombs and main sequence stars. Then, we have the poisoning of the water and reduction in the light from celestial bodies, just as we’d get from a nuclear bomb’s aftermath.

        Note that this is quite different from the mountain falling in the previous verses, and that event follows what sounds like a major shower of meteors. If the mountain and the meteors happen to be in the same orbit, one would follow the other, just as conventional meteor showers follow the same orbits from the comets that shed them.

        Sometimes my “science geek” hat comes in pretty handy!

        God bless!

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