After the Rapture :: I Guess I Wasn’t Ready!

I realize this web page will be addressing two audiences: those of you who read this page before the rapture and those of you who read it after the rapture. My focus here will be on those who have found this page after the rapture of the Church. For anyone reading this material before the pre-trib rapture, I highly recommend that you ponder the negative consequences of being left behind and seriously consider committing your life to Jesus if you have not done so already.

after raptureWhat’s Happened?
Right now, I’m sure there’s a tremendous battle going on, with people offering various points of view and trying to explain why much of the population has suddenly disappeared into thin air.

It’s likely that the media is teeming with possible explanations for the disappearances. It would be foolish for me to try to guess what authorities will be telling the general population. I will boldly say the cause of this event was supernatural. The mass disappearance of all these people was the result of the Lord Jesus Christ removing from the earth all believers who were spiritually ready. This catching-up of the Christians into heaven is referred to as the rapture of the Church.

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words”
(1 Thes 4:16-18).

“Behold, I shew 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 trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall 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).

Why Didn’t He Take Me?
If you are reading this after the rapture, you need to realize that you have been left behind. At this time, you may be feeling rejected by God. You might be saying to yourself, “Why didn’t He take me?” or “I don’t understand; I’ve led a good life.” The problem isn’t that God rejected you; the problem is that you have rejected Him. By not committing your life to Jesus and by declining to follow Him, you have left Him with no choice but to leave you behind.

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven”
(Matthew 7:21).

“For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother”
(Matthew 12:50).

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool”
(Isaiah 1:18).

Is There Hope For Me?
Depending on when you read this article, you may have heard people say, “Because we’ve missed the rapture, we are lost forever.” That assumption is totally wrong! The only way you can find yourself eternally lost is by receiving the Mark of the Beast on your right hand or forehead. Barring that, as long as you have breath in your lungs, you can gain salvation by trusting in Jesus Christ as your Savior.

“… him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out”
(John 6:37).

“Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”
(Matthew 11:28).

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name”
(John 1:12).

According to Revelation, a huge number of people will be saved during the tribulation. Some scholars have predicted that tribulation believers would grow to outnumber the saints that were just raptured.

“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands”(Revelation 7:9).

“And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb”(Revelation 7:14).

Why Do I Need Jesus Christ To Be My Savior?
To be allowed to pass through heaven’s gate, you need to have all of your sins removed. The only industrial strength cleanser strong enough to thoroughly remove sin stains is the blood of Jesus Christ.

You could say heaven is much like the “clean rooms” where computer companies make their microchips, and sin is like any dust or dirt that might try to find its way into one of those rooms.

The manufacturing process for microchips requires “clean rooms” to be absolutely spotless, with virtually zero free-floating dust or dirt particles that could damage the delicate microchips.

Because humans are naturally contaminated with all kinds of dirt and dust particles, whenever workers enter one of these “clean rooms,” they need to wear a special suit that prevents them from giving off particles.

To prevent heaven from becoming contaminated with sin particles, God has long set the requirement that anyone desiring to enter into His untarnished dwelling place needs to be covered by the blood of Jesus.

The sin decontamination process is very simple – you simply ask Jesus Christ, the Son of God, for it. First, admit your sinful state. Next, ask Jesus to forgive you of your wrongdoings. Finally, make Jesus Christ Lord of your life by surrending your will to Him.

By dying on the cross, Jesus made it possible for each of us to be granted a full pardon from the punishment of eternal damnation. The reason so few people accept this pardon is that they don’t think they need a Savior or they want to find their own way of salvation.

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
(Matthew 16:24-26).

“…if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”
(Romans 10:9-10).

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”
(John 3:16).

Changing Your Direction
After making Jesus the Lord of your life, you need to change the direction of your life. I remember when I was a young lad, I was on vacation with my parents, and we were headed to a city in Minnesota. We made a turn that some of us in the car questioned. It wasn’t until almost an hour later that we realized we were definitely headed in the wrong direction. Well, after having a spirited debate about proper automobile navigation, we found our bearings and headed toward our original destination.

Once you realize you have been heading in the wrong direction, the only option that makes sense is to turn right around and start heading in the right direction.

You cannot just say a few words and then continue on your merry way. You need to make a full commitment to Jesus Christ by reading His words and following His examples of holy living.

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it”
(Matthew 7:13-14).

There Will Be Strong Delusion
I imagine that on the Sunday immediately following the rapture, every church on earth will be filled to overflowing. Suddenly, all those left behind will discover a need to renew their faith.

Unfortunately, the revival is going to be very short-lived. The Apostle Paul, in the Book of Thessalonians, predicts that because most men’s hearts will still love unholy living, they will follow after a deception that God Himself will send. Jesus foretold that the false prophets would arise using “great signs and wonders” to trick people into believing satanic lies.

There will be no middle ground. The people who failed to fully dedicate their lives to Christ will be totally ensnared by the demonic delusion that will sweep over the world.

“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness”
(2 Thes 2:10-12).

“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect”
(Mat 24:24).

During the next few years, a world leader–whom the Bible calls the Antichrist–will arise. At first, he will seem like the most benevolent leader who has ever held office. However, by the end of the tribulation, he will easily put the likes of Hitler and Stalin to shame. Because the lies of the Antichrist and false prophets will be so pervasive, you will need to assume that everything you read and hear in the mass media is tainted doctrine. Your only source for the truth must now exclusively come from the Bible.

Do Not Trust Christian Leaders
In the coming days, you will see and hear messages from some of the biggest names in Christendom on radio and TV, and these messages won’t be ones recorded before the rapture. The broadcasts you’ll be hearing will be either live or taped after the rapture. They will be from Christian leaders who have also been left behind.

Millions of people will be reassured by the fact that their favorite Christian celebrities are still here on earth. I expect most of these well-known leaders, possibly out of embarrassment, will be working feverishly to disprove the rapture event. They may say things like, “I don’t know where or why those people disappeared, but I will tell you this: That was not the so-called rapture of the Church.”

I’m sure it will be quite confusing to hear people who were regarded as the leading authorities on the pre-tribulation rapture now proclaiming contradictory theories. Don’t listen to them, no matter how well respected they appear.

Many religious and political leaders will attempt to persuade you into believing some logical explanation for the rapture. All of their lies will be contrary to the Word of God. Remember, they were left behind just like you; what business do they have instructing you?


Enduring To The End
Well, folks, here comes the unpleasant news. Most of you will likely have to choose martyrdom if you wish to maintain your commitment to Jesus Christ. There will be no middle ground. During this tribulation hour, you will have to choose between two masters–the Antichrist or Jesus Christ.

Your decision to follow Jesus will not be a popular one. The majority of the world’s population will soon be falling captive to the Antichrist’s hypnotic words. Because true believers will refuse to join the chorus of praise, the Antichrist will demand that all nonconforming Christians be put to death.

“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints”
(Revelation 13:7-10).

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled”
(Revelation 6:9-11).

At first, it may seem rather easy to secretly be a follower of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, very soon the Antichrist will be requiring everyone to receive a mark in his or her right hand or forehead. This electronic implant will be the means by which everyone will buy and sell goods and services. If you do not have this implant, it will become quite obvious.

“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name”
(Revelation 13:17).

Because the Bible says that everyone who receives this implant (Mark of the Beast) will be eternally lost, I’m going to strongly advise you to decline the offer when the government informs you that it has your implant ready for insertion.

“And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name”
(Revelation 14:11).

In the coming persecution, you will probably face some of the greatest trials that Christians have ever had to endure. How long will you have to endure? From the time the Antichrist declares himself to be God, there will be only 1,260 days until Christ returns to earth.

As time passes and the suffering caused by the tribulation grows more severe, your desire to see Christ should grow all the more stronger. From my understanding of Scripture, I would guess most tribulation saints will not live to see the conclusion of the tribulation. If you are facing a situation that requires you to lay down your life, I promise you that the brief moment of pain will be nothing compared to the pleasures of an eternity in God’s glory.

“And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved”
(Matthew 10:22).

— Todd Strandberg

The Mysterious Jesus

mysteriousProof of Jesus – The Legend
Clearly, no other figure in human history has been the subject of more research, books and articles than Jesus Christ. Over the centuries, thousands of men have dedicated their lives to studying and documenting the life of Christ.

He has inspired a quarter of the world’s population to follow His teachings. Millions of people claim to have a deep, personal relationship with Him.

Even from a secular viewpoint, Jesus is a person of immense importance. His birth and death are the markers by which most of the world measures time. And His birth and death have become major holidays in Western civilization.

Despite His being a person of legendary stature, even from a secular viewpoint, many liberal scholars are trying to diminish Christ’s greatness by attempting to transform Him into a mythical figure.

Because of the attacks against our understanding of Jesus Christ, more and more people have begun to doubt the validity of the Bible and the historical record of Christ’s life. This article is intended to provide practical reasons for believing the biblical record of Jesus Christ is true.

The Liberal Media
All good stories have a villain – an agent who seeks to harm the hero. In this article, the liberal media is an easy fit for that role. All the polls I’ve ever seen show that the extremely liberal press holds views that directly conflict with traditional Christian values.

According to one recent poll, 79 percent of Americans and 87 percent of Christians say they believe Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary without a human father. An equally high number of Americans believe Jesus is coming back to earth someday.

The media’s negative view of Christianity is a reverse reflection of what the general public believes.

According to a 2001 Gallup poll, 79 percent of Americans identify themselves as conservatives or moderates and 18 percent see themselves as liberals. A survey by the Los Angeles Times found that only 18 percent of the media claims to be in the conservative camp.

Here are a few additional figures compiled by the Media Research Center:

Nearly all of the media elite (97 percent) agree that it is a woman’s right to decide whether or not to have an abortion.

Three out of four journalists (73 percent) believe that homosexuality is as acceptable a lifestyle as heterosexuality.

Seven out of ten journalists (71 percent) agree that government should work to ensure that everyone has a job.

Three-fourths (75 percent) affirms that government should work to reduce the income gap between the rich and the poor.

Relatively few journalists (39 percent) agree that less government regulation of business would be good for the economy.

The liberal media plays a key role in the attack on Jesus. Although it has lost much of its power with the advancement of technology, the press continues to play a major role in setting the social agenda. The press is not the sole source of our nation’s moral decline, but it is responsible for being a leader in that decline.

Dumb Questions
The media seems endlessly incapable of coming to terms with Jesus as a living, breathing person. It applies a standard to Christ that it never would dream of requiring of any other person in history.

In nearly every article about Jesus, the media implies that all current knowledge of the Lord Jesus is inaccurate or unreliable by raising questions such as “Who was this man?”; “Was he really the son of God?”; and “Because he never wrote any book of his own, how can we trust what his followers say about Him?”

The word “mystery” is very commonly associated with His name. I’ve counted dozens of major media publications that use that word in key articles about Jesus.

The type of questions these folks ask are so simplistic that one can only conclude they are either the result of ignorance or of a biased agenda. With such a wealth of first-hand resources referring to Jesus, I would have to say that bias is most likely the source of this lack of understanding.

George Washington has never received the same type of treatment. If so, these reporters would be asking such inane questions as, “Did Washington actually have wooden teeth?”; “Why do people say he’s the father of our country?”; and “How do we really know if he was the American President?”

To be able to question the validity of a historical figure, the researcher needs to be smart enough to address his subject with empirical accuracy. Some of the inquiries into the details of Christ’s life are so far off the mark they might as well be asking:

Does Jesus have His own website?
Are any people with the last name “Christ” related to Him?
Is He listed in the Israeli phonebook?
Does the Israeli DMV have His driver’s licenses in its database?
Has anyone tried contacting the FBI’s missing persons division?
Does Nazareth Senior High have records of His attendance?
Are any of the original New Testament authors still alive?
Do the Bethlehem city hospital have documentation of His birth?
The military keeps good records. Did He serve any time in the Israeli Army?
Does the Jerusalem Post have archived articles about Him?

As ridiculous as these questions might seem, many so-called scholars come very close to descending to this level of intellectual ineptitude. In the face of a mountain of historic evidence, it is a mystery to me how a person could be so clueless that he or she would openly ask if Jesus was a real person.

Anyone trying to make the assumption that Jesus is a questionable person in history is not working within the arena of common sense.

The Evolution of Jesus Christ
One of the most common methods of making Jesus out to be an unfathomable mystery is by promoting the idea that Jesus was a work-in-progress Savior. They claim the early church fathers regularly changed their views of who Jesus was to reflect the problems of a growing church or to advance political agendas.

These people are unable to produce writings that show how Christ evolved over time. Despite their claim of an embellished biblical record, there are no early writings with conflicting story lines. We don’t see examples that indicate Jesus was the son of a carpenter in one record, a baker in another historical source, and a butcher in yet another.

There is no conflict between the four Gospels. Each writer had his own style of reporting the life of Jesus, but the basic facts presented by each author are the same.

The naysayers try to find conflicts between the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament. The Divine Creator of the Old Testament is said to be more stringent than the One Jesus represents. Anyone thinking God has mellowed over the years needs to read the Revelation account of Jesus’ return at the battle of Armageddon.

Another popular way people try to reinvent Jesus is to claim He had connections to the Far East. Some authors promote the idea that Christ survived the cross and traveled throughout Asia communing with spiritual leaders such as Buddha.

These writers of Eastern religions and philosophies commonly try to gain legitimacy by piggybacking on what the Bible teaches by claming Jesus taught the same love message they promote. I’ve found quotes saying Jesus was “a great man,” “a son of God,” and even that He was “born of a virgin.”

Because there are so many of these assertions that Jesus had connections to Eastern mysticism, it would be pointless to try to disprove each one. A better way would be to refute them all at once by giving them the ‘I am the way’ test. Jesus said, ‘I am the way.” No one from a non-Christian faith can stomach the passage that says Jesus is the only way to God. By failing to agree on this point, they are admitting that their Jesus is not the same Jesus of the Bible.

The only thing that has evolved through the ages has been God’s master plan for salvation. The day Adam and Eve fell, God had predestined a way for man to be saved from his sins. Jesus is the Savior because He is the only Man in history who fulfilled the role predicted by old Testament prophets.

The So-Called Experts
I once read that the definition of an “expert” is “someone who knows a great deal about very little.” Experience has taught me that the ‘knows a great deal’ part may not even be a prerequisite to achieving “expert” status.

Anyone with the skills to put together a resume can declare himself an expert. There is no set standard for becoming an authority on any subject; simply claiming to be one puts a person in the club.

Over the years, I’ve read hundreds of news stories that mentioned the leftist animal rights group People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). I rarely see the press interview middle-of-the-road organizations like the Humane Society on stories dealing with the treatment of animals.

If the media is going to go to PETA to get its wacko expert views, it should also get the opinions of People for the Eating Of Tasty Animals–there is such a group.

With Bible experts in such great abundance, the media has the option of choosing expert sources who match its liberal views. Judging by the fact that reporters always seem to pick the experts who hold to the most radical, leftist views of the Word of God, it should be obvious to all that the truth is continuously being misrepresented.

When the media chooses to interview a homosexual ministry to represent the typical Christian view on human sexuality, mainstream Christianity should take this action as a slap in the face.

Jesus Seminar
One of the darlings of the liberal media is an organization called the Jesus Seminar. Members of this group of academicians come from some of the most liberal universities.

They are well-known for their practice of voting on the authenticity of the sayings of Jesus by dropping colored beads in a box. If a member believes something should be attributed to Jesus, he drops in a red bead. If he believes a passage from the Bible is the result of tradition, he drops in a black bead. The validity of the Bible is then determined by the bead count.

The Jesus Seminar members seem to have an ample supply of black beads. As a result of their novel voting system, they have concluded that Jesus never said 82 percent of the sayings the New Testament attributes to Him. Thus they assert that the New Testament is a hopeless mess of rumors and hearsay mixed with a little truth.

The Jesus Seminar is not a Christian organization. Its only purpose is to attack the authority of the Bible. This little band of pompous scholars would be nothing more than an insignificant fringe group if it hadn’t been for the liberal media giving it national coverage. The most infamous example of this free coverage occurred when it was featured on an ABC prime time special hosted by Peter Jennings.

The program’s producers did not offer a single conservative Christian the opportunity to rebut the claims reported in the broadcast. They depicted conservative “believers” as being too simple-minded to be given any air time.

Much of the blame for the Jesus Seminar gaining fame rests with the average Christian. Believers should have been outraged that the liberal media would dare use the group as a representation of all Christian scholars.

Imagine if the Ku Klux Klan decided to advance its campaign of hatred by changing its name to the African-American League and claiming to represent black Americans. There would be rioting in the streets if major networks decided to lend credibility to this group.

If Christians had just applied a small amount of scorn towards ABC, the network never would have aired the program. As long as the Church remains silent, these wolves in sheep’s clothing will continue their dirty work: “Ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:7).

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

“A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire” (Matthew 7:15-19).

The Four Gospels
Because the first four books of the New Testament contain most of the information about the life of Jesus, skeptics have attacked them more than any other books. The fact that challenges to their authenticity have been going on for centuries is testimony to their legitimacy.

In the task of proving the validity of the Bible, it is not necessary for me to argue that it is “sacred,” “divinely inspired,” or “inerrant.” All I need to do is prove that it is a historical document.

First, the Word of God does not need to prove anything to modern-day scholars. They make the assumption that the New Testament documents are unreliable unless they can be verified through independent corroboration. That standard is never applied to any other historical records.

Because the Gospels have stood against an untold number of critics, new scorners need to come up with a good reason to doubt the Bible. In a court of law, we presume innocence until guilt is proven, laying the burden of proof on the skeptic. The fact that a purportedly historical document can’t be verified by another text shouldn’t disqualify that document.

If someone decided that George Washington was not the first US president, the burden would be on that person to produce evidence to counteract a mountain of documents proving that Washington indeed was the first president.

Many people buy into the lie that the New Testament was written many years after the first century and it is the product of folklore invented over the years. They assume there was a limited number of copies of the Bible.

In fact, the New Testament was completed within a few decades of the time of Christ and close to 5,000 manuscripts contain quotes from the original authors. For instance, the famous John Ryland’s papyrus fragment of John 18:31’33; 37’38, which dates to around A.D. 140, was written only 50 years after John wrote his Gospel.

Another consideration for skeptics is the candidness of New Testament writers. If the four Gospels were untrue, they would have to be among the first examples of self-admitted cowardice in a historic document ever recorded by lying authors. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all admitted that when Jesus was arrested, they fled for their lives.

Non-Christian Sources
Some of the most reliable information about Jesus comes from people who were unfriendly or indifferent to Christianity. What makes these people so helpful is their absence of bias.

Many of these negative or indifferent writers have proved to be valuable resources in verifying early Christian beliefs. They provide an independent confirmation of numerous historical facts that are mentioned in the Gospels, including: Jesus was crucified; He was regarded as a lawgiver; He was worshipped as God; and His followers committed to follow His laws. Here are a few examples:

Tacitus – “Nero fastened the guilt . . . on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of . . . Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome.”

Caius Suetonius wrote about how Claudius had commanded all Jews to leave Rome – “He banished the Jews from Rome, who were continually making disturbances, Chrestus being their leader.”

Pliny the Younger made the following observations about Christians around 100 A.D. ‘ “In the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day, sang a hymn to Christ as to a god, bound themselves to not to any wicked deeds and were willing to die as martyrs rather than deny their faith in Jesus as the Son of God.”

The Babylonian Talmud ‘ ‘On the eve of the Passover Yeshu was hanged. For forty days before the execution took place, a herald . . . cried, “He is going forth to be stoned because he has practiced sorcery and enticed Israel to apostasy.””

Josephus – “About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he . . . wrought surprising feats. . . . He was the Christ. When Pilate . . .condemned him to be crucified, those who had . . . come to love him did not give up their affection for him. On the third day he appeared . . . restored to life. . . . And the tribe of Christians . . . has . . . not disappeared.”

Lucian of Samosata recorded the experience of a Greek named Proteus — “At which time he learned the wonderful doctrine of the Christians, by conversing with their priests and scribes near Palestine… they spoke of him as a god, and took him for a lawgiver, and honored him with the title of master… They still worship that great man who was crucified in Palestine, because he introduced into the world this new religion… Moreover their first lawgiver has taught them, that they are all brethren, when once they turned, and renounced the gods of the Greeks, and worship that master of theirs who was crucified, and engage to live according to his laws.”

The Real Jesus
In preparing this article, I sorted through a mountain of evidence that offers good support of the biblical record of Jesus’ life. Knowledge is not the key to convincing people of the truth. If someone has already decided that a guy returning from the dead is a bunch of nonsense, no amount of historical proof will ever be enough to convince him to change his mind.

Experience has taught me that people don’t come to spiritual truth by weighing the physical evidence. Christian leaders endlessly talk about the power of arguing people into believing in Christ, but it rarely happens that way. I’ve been operating Rapture Ready for 18 years, and not once have I been able to argue a person into becoming a believer.

Most people come to belief in Christ and His Holy Word by accepting what might appear to be blind faith. Mark Twain once said, “Faith is believing what you know ain’t so.”

Twain was wrong, because there is solid foundation that faith rests on. Spiritual faith has an unseen agent at work providing a level of certainty that goes beyond the physical realm.

In all acts of salvation and conversion, the Holy Ghost is active in pointing people to the truth. The Bible tells us that without the working of the Spirit of God, no man would find salvation.

Knowledge is important because people just don’t supernaturally learn about Jesus. They need to have someone to give them the information. Once they are provided with the information, the Holy Spirit provides the conviction.

In the end, everyone who has been exposed to the truth about Jesus will be sorted into two groups: those who accept the truth and those who reject it.

When all of humanity stands before the Great White Throne, every hidden thing will be revealed. The biggest surprise about Jesus Christ will be that He was never a secret. Only in men’s heart’s has He been a mystery. My advice to anyone with doubts is to seek the truth while there is still time.

“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works” (Rev. 20:11-12).

— Todd Strandberg