Cosmic Disturbances and the Rapture of the Church

Immediately after the tribulation of those days the
sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall
from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (30) Then the sign
of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth
will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven
with power and great glory. (31) And He will send His angels with a great sound
of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from
one end of heaven to the other
(Matthew
24:29-31-NKJV).
For the last two days, I’ve
been discussing the sequence of events in the return of Christ to earth. I
encourage you to go back and my blog for Monday and Tuesday if you haven’t done
so. Each day will build on the previous days’ teaching.
I’m continuing here with
our looking at the opening of 7 seals on a scroll in God’s right hand in
Revelation 6. In Revelation 5, God, as Creator and owner of all that is, is
seated on His Throne with a scroll in His right hand. That scroll is His title deed to earth, by which He is
preparing to regain earth’s control from Satan and his emissaries.
The scroll contains the
contents of the book of Revelation starting with the breaking of the 7th
seal in Revelation chapter 8 and continuing through the rest of the book of
Revelation. In the scroll are 7 trumpet judgments and 7 bowl judgments which
occur after the scroll is opened,
during what the Bible calls the Day of
the Lord.
The Day of the Lord is
a period of time when the wrath of God is displayed in full force against
Satan, and the nations and men who are working with his scheme of darkness to
completely overtake and rule this planet for good. The church will not be here during the Day of the Lord.
None of the events
beginning with Revelation 8 can begin until the scroll is opened. In Revelation
6, Jesus, the resurrected Lamb, has taken the scroll from God’s right hand and
is breaking each seal one at a time. As each seal is broken, events occur.
Yesterday we look at the
first five seals. The first seal when broken revealed a rider on a white horse,
which denoted false Christ’s appearing, most notably the anti-Christ.  The breaking of this seal begins the time
period frequently called the tribulation,
or better called Daniel’s 70th
week
(see Daniel 9:27), which lasts for 7 years.
The second seal when
broken revealed a rider on a red horse, denoting war breaking out. The third
seal when broken revealed a rider on a black horse which denoted famine and hyperinflation.
The forth seal when broken revealed a rider on a pale green horse which denoted
disease spreading as a result of war. The fifth seal when broken began a period
of martyrdom of Jews and Christians under the reign of the anti-Christ.  This is three and a half years into the seven
year peace treaty he oversees between Israel and their enemies. The breaking of
this seal begins what Jesus termed the
great tribulation
: For then there
will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the
world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. (22) And unless those days were
shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be
shortened
(Matthew 24:21-22-NKJV).
It looks as though believers
will be here to see the rise of the anti-Christ and the breaking of the seals
around the scroll. Believers will see the anti-Christ break His covenant with
Israel and begin a massive campaign of killing Jews and Christians.
Then suddenly, sometime
after the anti-Christ begin this mass slaughter three and one half years into
his reign, the sixth seal is broken. I looked
when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and
the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. (13)
And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs
when it is shaken by a mighty wind. (14) Then the sky receded as a scroll when
it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. (15)
And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the
mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in
the rocks of the mountains, (16) and said to the mountains and rocks,
“Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and
from the wrath of the Lamb! (17) For the great day of His wrath has come, and
who is able to stand?”
( Revelation 6:12-17-NKJV)
These cosmic disturbances occur with the breaking of the sixth seal, and
are a sign to the world that Jesus Christ is returning to withdraw His
ambassadors to heaven before the Day of the Lord begins. It looks as though we
will be here to see this event.
When you get up one
morning, and the sun is dark, and then at night the moon and stars don’t give
light, you know then that Jesus is about to return to get you! In Revelation 7,
between the breaking of the sixth and seventh seal around the scroll, two
things happen. First, Jews that will actually go through the terrible judgments
during the day of the Lord will be sealed so that they will be protected from
harm during that terrible time (Revelation 7:1-8).
Then, in Revelation
7:9-17, a multitude which I believe is the raptured saints of God are found in
heaven before God’s throne : After these
things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of
all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before
the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, (10) and
crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who
sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!
“(Revelation 7:9-10-NKJV)
I’ll end this article with
the scripture found at the beginning. Jesus also talks about what happens after
the breaking of the sixth seal in Matthew 24. The sign of His return for us is
these cosmic disturbances. The way the world events are rapidly transpiring, we
could see the fulfillment of these scriptures in the not too distant future!
Once the peace treaty is signed, figure 4 to 5 years (we just can’t know for sure
the time length between anti-Christ breaking covenant and the rapture) of
significant change and degrees of hardship before this cosmic disturbance event
occurs. But, during that time, expect
a tremendous moving of the Holy Spirit worldwide!
Immediately after the tribulation of those days the
sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall
from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (30) Then the sign
of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth
will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven
with power and great glory. (31) And He will send His angels with a great sound
of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from
one end of heaven to the other
(Matthew
24:29-31-NKJV).
And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour
out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your
old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. (29) And also on
My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. (30)
“And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire
and pillars of smoke. (31) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon
into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. (32)
And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be
saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the
Lord has said, among the remnant whom the Lord calls
(Joel 2:28-32-NKJV).

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