Rapture…What If…? :: By Terry James

Once-in-a while, my writer’s cognition takes me into the realm of imagining what would happen if…

Now, I am aware of the bromide of precaution: “’If’ is for children.” Nonetheless, “what if?” is the conduit through which the imaginations of nonfiction writers as well as fictionists have been transported throughout history.

With full recognition and acknowledgment of this precautionary heads-up, I want to think a bit on “what if” regarding a prophetic matter most of us are deeply concerned about.

We are, after all, “children of God,” so, if “what if” is for children,” I feel secure in proposing this “what if” to you.

As you see, the title is “Rapture…What If…?”

While I know this will be read mostly by children of God, I write it with the hope that readers in this category also know they are royal ambassadors of the court of the heavenlies. Therefore, I hope you will share the thoughts herein offered within your spheres of influence as people charged to carry out the Great Commission.

Writing about this “what if” is so important to produce and disseminate at this time because history might well be nearing the prophetic moment that instantaneously dooms millions—particularly in America—because all in this nation will have heard the Gospel. Beyond that stupendous event, some will have no chance to be saved from damnation. They will be lost for all eternity.

Most every signal of the colossal, world-rending change that is on the very brink of striking the inhabitants of the planet is flashing brilliant red. Within the past few days, I’ve received a number of emails listing many such ominous signals bombarding this generation. These are almost identical and come from a number of websites, without any of these sites giving attribution to the original source.

The best I can tell, they originate with Michael Snyder, a blogger with whom I’m sure many are familiar (http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/10-plagues-that-are-hitting-our-planet-simultaneously).

(I must note here that Mr. Snyder does not accept that the Bible teaches a pre-Tribulation Rapture.) The following is a very brief list of some of these signals.

1) Locust swarms as large as cities are destroying entire agricultural crops within thirty seconds of alighting.

2) Rampaging weather events are taking place, such as what’s going on in Australia. After fires that killed a half-billion animals and many people, rain deluged the area in record amounts. Winds in excess of two hundred miles per hour created dust storms that blotted out the sun. Jackson, Mississippi, received record rainfall and flooding.

3): Major earthquakes are occurring around the globe and increasing in magnitude. Those who keep up with them report that there are too many to record individually at times.

4) Volcanoes are erupting simultaneously around the world. The gargantuan Mount Merapi in Indonesia, for example, sent lava and ashes more than two thousand meters in the air and forced people to stay clear of its zone of devastation.

5) The coronavirus is potentially one of the most devastating diseases the world has experienced. It threatens entire national economies as well as the health of citizenry.

6) African swine fever has wiped out much of the pork sources, which threatens food supplies around the world.

7): The H1N1 swine flu kills people rather than the animals, and has already taken the lives of more people than the coronavirus in China.

8): The H5N1 bird flu, which killed many a few years ago, is said to be recurring and threatens to cause even more deaths than before.

9) The H5N8 bird flu is thought to be more virulent than even H5N1 bird flu. It is appearing all over the world, and experts are surprised by it popping up in Germany recently.

My long-time friend and colleague, Dr. Joseph Chambers of Paw Creek Ministries, has weighed in on how near to the Rapture today’s flashing-red-light issues and events must surely place this generation.

I’m thrilled at the many signs of Christ’s soon return. The Rapture is evident, but so are the many great events of the end connected to the Rapture and His return to reign on the earth. Let’s look at the times in Scripture where the writers are using the term, “last days.” This very term mean, “the last of the last.” This is where we certainly have arrived.

Let’s talk about:

  1. The days of Revelation: Hebrews 1:1–6
  2. The Day of Great Wealth: James 5:3
  3. The Day of Great Wickedness: 2 Timothy 3:1–8
  4. Time of Many Scoffers: 1 Peter 3:3
  5. The Time of Technological Inventions: Nahum 2:3–6
  6. The Time of Great Awakening: Acts 2 17–21
  7. Infectious Diseases: Matthew 24:6–7

So, with the explosion of prophetic indicators converging at this time, the thought I intend to present in this commentary revolves around “what if” the people of the earth are now about to be catastrophically jolted by the most calamitous event of all time. Specifically, the likely scenarios of post-Rapture America are most troubling to consider. For the moment, I want us to think on one of the situations that would develop in the United States if the Rapture of the Church should take place at this present hour: What if the Rapture happens right in the middle of this presidential election year?

As the days leading up to November 3, 2020, pass, the nation becomes more divided than ever in the view of America’s future. Should we continue to go the way of socialism? Should we allow the people into the public treasury, thus buying votes for the give-away society and culture that Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez propose and that the Democrat Party and mainstream media seems to want? Or should the United States embrace getting back to the way the Founding Fathers intended—the Constitutional republic they framed that caused Benjamin Franklin to quip, “We have given you a republic…if you can keep it.”

By every estimate, it looks as if the president will win the election by, at a minimum, a near landslide. The opposition is so crazed in their abject hatred for the man who occupies the Oval Office that they have gone off track and are headed for a crash. That’s the way even James Carville, the Clinton-era Democrat guru who gave us the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid,” has described his own party’s current condition.

But “What if…?”

What if, just before the day of the election, the Rapture occurs—catastrophically affecting those who are left behind?

More than half of the president’s voter base would be gone in that instant. What a thing to consider!

There would be no doubt about the outcome of the 2020 presidential election if that scenario played out. The disappearance of most of Trump’s supporters would be a dream come true for the “resisters”—the “let’s-change-America” masses. It would be an absolute nightmare for those who support bringing America back to the constitutional republic Ben Franklin and the Founding Fathers envisioned.

But, the political consequences would be small potatoes compared to the consequences for the individual souls left behind to face the horrors soon to come in America and upon the entire world.

And, this is the message I intend to deliver. As I mentioned above, I hope you will convey the message as a real possibility that might come to pass; it is your job as a royal ambassador.

As an ambassador for Jesus Christ, according to all the signals, you are about to be called home. So, it is incumbent on you to proclaim the message while you remain on this fallen planet.

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20)