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So Is the Rapture Now on Hold?
By Jan Markell
Are happy days here again? I am sensing that even Rapture-watching believers, some anyway, now think that event is delayed while America returns to prosperity. Thanks to the 2016 election results, we may now return to the role of international leader. Is America about to be great again with a return to prosperity?
An Election or a Revolution?
It’s true that an eight year national nightmare is ending. It’s been a time where Christians have been targeted, America has declined, lawlessness has abounded, corruption has been the norm, and aberrations have been celebrated. It would be difficult to explain to a Martian why putting children at risk in transgender bathrooms is cool.
So, millions of righteously indignant Americans got fed up with heavy-handed government telling them how to behave, what to believe, and what light bulbs to buy. They were sickened that the values of Jay-Z, Beyonce’, Katy Perry, and Madonna were not just celebrated but pushed on the average American. They wept at the future for their children and grandchildren and went to the polls to bring sanity back.
The media had told them Hillary Clinton was the slam-dunk winner. So had the polls. Clinton fireworks were set for election night. But few could afford healthcare, Americans were at risk in every big city and small town, and jobs had gone to foreign countries. Voters were ordinary people chipping away at our own Berlin Wall. They were sick of the glory going to “Black Lives Matter” when it was obvious that middle American lives didn’t matter.
We didn’t have an election back on November 8, we had a revolution.
What About the Globalist Agenda?
The globalist agenda has hit a road block because President-Elect Donald Trump is not one of them. How can that possibly fit with end-time eschatology? The opposite should have happened. The ardent globalist, Hillary Clinton, should have won November 8 to keep that freight train on the tracks and the end-time clock racing.
But Donald Trump’s election is the single largest setback to the one-world aspiration of modern time. This even dwarfs Brexit. Brexit is in the little leagues compared to our election result. Surely the global cabal won’t allow this to stand.
Then there is Israel. As predicted in Zechariah 12:3, she had become friendless. Now America is circling back to be her staunch ally. How does this line up with end-time scripture? Does this perhaps delay everything?
America in Prophecy
Online prophecy writer Matt Ward states, “Trump’s promise to ‘make America great again,’ is, I believe, a genuine aspiration. His nomination may be a reprieve, a last chance type of situation for repentance and the renewal of a once great nation and power.
“But I am not sure that America, or the world, have that kind of time left. When I look around today, I can see the obvious convergence of end-time Bible prophecy in a way never witnessed before. This convergence is coupled by the clear speeding up of prophetic events. We are careening toward a point of no return. These two facts alone clearly point to the lateness of the hour.”
Ward continues, “If the assumption that we are rapidly approaching a point of no return is correct, a presidency that involves at least four or perhaps eight years of ‘making America great again,’ led by a man who genuinely wants to affect this change, would, therefore, seem to be incongruous with Bible prophecy.”
Business as Usual
Let’s say for the sake of discussion that America and even the world go back to “business as usual.” Is that not what the climate will be at the time of the Rapture? As Bill Perkins writes in his Compass publication, “The Trump victory does seem like it fits better with Matthew 24 and Luke 17. Those verses say things should be normal before the Rapture. They specifically mention ‘planting and harvesting,’ ‘eating and drinking,’ ‘building,’ and social events. In other words, normal things in life. If Trump rights our sinking ship a bit, it would fit scripture like a glove.”
Perkins says, “Contrary to what was predicted, the stock market is rallying. The money people think Trump will do better than Obama on managing the economy. By His grace, God has given us our own Brexit moment–maybe even a Nineveh moment. Maybe this is God’s answer to our prayers by temporarily slowing the progress towards the Biblically prophesied ‘one world order.’ He may have amazingly given us a reprieve from the illegal and unchecked madness of those in power.”
Imminency still reigns
The important thing to remember as it concerns Rapture timing is “imminency.” This suggests any moment. It’s why the early church greeted each other with “Maranatha.” From the earliest days of the church, the apostles and first-generation Christians nurtured an earnest expectation and fervent hope that Christ might suddenly return at any time to gather His church to Heaven. The writers of the Bible suggest nothing has to precede it.
“Be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door.” (James 5:7-9)
Paul was convinced he himself might be among those who would be caught up alive to meet the Lord! That’s imminency. A solid conviction that Christ could return at any time permeates the whole New Testament.
Perhaps we have more time to delay the decay. We are to “occupy until He comes,” be salt and light, and rescue the perishing while there is time. Many believe it is the Rapture of the Church that will devastate the world. Once this small but powerful remnant of believers is removed, all hell breaks loose. It matters not who is president, king, ruler, or emperor.
False Teaching Alert
Bill Koenig alerts readers in his weekly e-newsletter that, “There are people in the Kingdom Now/Dominion Theology community who believe that President-elect Donald Trump will have a major role in establishing the Kingdom on earth beginning in the United States and expanding worldwide.”
Koenig also says, “There will be many prophecies by self-appointed prophets in the days ahead who call President-elect Trump the modern day King Cyrus. They did the same when President George W Bush was elected and took office. However, his fate changed dramatically when he called for a Palestinian state and then pushed for it.”
The spirit of the Antichrist seems to reign even in America. The progressive left is rioting, burning, and behaving as though they cannot wait for the man of lawlessness to arise so they can worship him. I believe he is still waiting in the wings. Nothing has changed. The birth pangs will continue to reverberate around the world.
As for Europe, the more it destabilizes the more it sets the stage for the Antichrist. The coming together of the ten kings that shall arise shall do so AFTER the Rapture. What is taking place now in Europe is not all that important.
The Rapture is not delayed. The theme of the Bible is perhaps today. Don’t grow weary in waiting. Keep watching expectantly. Jesus Christ will soon take His own to the Father’s house (John 14:1-3). We are awaiting our “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13) and it is imminent.