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The Extinction Level Event (ELE)
By: Pete Garcia
In my recent conversations with atheists and bible skeptics, one phrase keeps coming back up over and over. The conversation/argument/debate over whatever the hot button issue of the day is, has recently been ending in the other person stating matter-of-factly, “well, I’m glad your kind is dying out!” Bible believers certainly do not constitute the majority these days in any given crowd, but I didn’t realize we were on the endangered species list either.
We know that the last days will be like it was in the days of Noah, because Jesus said it would. [Matt 24:36-39; Luke 17:26-30] But Jesus honed in on the normalcy bias that will exist in that day, and it will prevent people from recognizing the lateness of the hour. But in Genesis 6, the description of Noah’s day was one marked with great violence and wickedness…so much so that God decided to wipe out all of mankind save Noah and his family. But were Noah and family the only ones who truly believed?
We know that there was a Godly line of going back from Adam to Seth, from Enoch to Methuselah, and lastly to Noah. We also know that the details about exactly how wicked and violent the earth was back then is not fully spelled out in those chapters of Genesis. If our day mirrors theirs, then they too also had plenty of antediluvian ‘martyrs’ who were killed for their faith before Noah finished the ark. We know because our day is as wicked, and we have many around the world today who are currently being killed for their faith, particularly in the 10/40 window, while the modern world lives oblivious to what is about to come upon the earth.
Satan has been trying since the Garden of Eden to prevent Genesis 3:15 from ever happening. He had Cain kill Abel. He attempted to taint man’s humanity up to the time of the flood, and with the exception of Noah, (and potentially those who didn’t conform and were killed) mankind had all but been corrupted. Satan again tried to wipe Israel out through the Pharaoh, through Haman in Persia, and through King Herod. But the closest mankind came to the complete extinction of the Messianic lineage in whom Christ would have come through, hinged at one point, in the life of one infant boy, Josiah who had been hidden for six years so he wouldn’t be killed.
So we aren’t threatened today at all with extinction, although here in the United States and in Europe, we might feel a little lonely. The days are growing darker, and our adversary is seemingly growing stronger. We might feel like Elijah at times, and feel as though we are the only ones, but we aren’t. God always has His remnant, which is what makes the Rapture so unique in man’s history. What we are feeling today in the United States, is Christianity in a post-Christian nation. What we are seeing, is a nation hardening its collective heart against God, and we are seeing the divine ramifications for that. He is ratcheting up the pain through judgment, but we see the process explained in Romans 1:18-19, 24-32 in how God allows this to transpire.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them….
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
You and I are seeing a nation that is being given over to a debased mind. Just turn on the news and you can see all the attributes listed above in spades, daily, and it is only getting worse. To the Christian, the times are harder because it feels as if we are alone. It feels as if we are the only ones. It is disheartening to see church after church, leader after leader (inside and outside of the church) fall to the politically correct lie, so as not to be labeled as a bigot or a fool. It is sad to lose our solid Bible teachers due to illness or age, and all the while, the name it claim preachers continue on into their 90’s selling their prosperity gospel.
It is sad to see ‘leaders’ within the church, compromise on Biblical principles for political expediency, or social acceptance. It is sad to see families and individuals, give up and simply go back to the lives they had before Christ, as if nothing ever happened. Whether they were ever saved at all is known only to them and God, but the heart begins to harden when it rejects the Holy Spirit’s drawing. It is sad and wearisome to continue to watch and wait for the Lord to return, because our days grow long, and the nights grow darker.
On a day known only to God, both the dead and alive in Christ, will be physically removed from earth in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. Those who have died in Christ over the last two thousand years will be resurrected into their glorified bodies. They will return with Christ in spirit, to meet their physically reconstituted bodies in the air. The curse of Adam will have finally been lifted, and not one molecule of their flesh will remain on the earth.
For those who are still living when Christ returns, we will instantaneously be transformed from our mortal flesh, to our immortal and glorified bodies. We too will meet Christ in the air, and return with Him to His Father’s house. This is known as the Rapture of the Church. At that moment in time, there will not be one true Christian left on the planet. Now, there will be plenty of religious people who thought they were Christian left behind, but no one who has been baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ, will still remain.
“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed-in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-53
There could only be one exception to this understanding and that is if the Two Witnesses who appear in Revelation 11 are sent just prior to the Rapture, so as to begin their 1,260 day ministry of judgment on those who remain on the earth. If these Two aren’t on the earth, it would be the first time in all of history, that God didn’t have His own representatives on the planet because the Church will no longer be on the earth ever again, until we return WITH Christ at His Second Coming. Then, all the peoples on the earth who have survived the Tribulation’s 21 judgments, will mourn at the sight of Christ at His Coming. (Revelation 1:7)
If these Two Witnesses do arrive just before the Rapture, they will be the only two on earth…but it is through their testimony I believe, that causes the 144,000 male virgins of the twelve tribes of Israel, to turn to Jesus Christ as to be saved, and then they are sealed by God.
But I have a sneaking suspicion that the moment after the Rapture happens, that the same people who wished that all Christian’s would just go and die off en masse, will immediately regret having wished that.
For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 1 Thess. 5:3
There is coming a day though, that the godless heathens of this world, who loathe Christ and hate the Bible, will get their wish. They may not understand or believe what just happened, but they will certainly regret what is coming upon all the earth.
The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thess. 2:9-12