When is the Rapture?
Jesus will not come back for his Church until the Antichrist is revealed
By Craig C. White
When is the Rapture? When will Jesus return to gather his Church? The Christians in Greece were wondering the same thing. You see, the Bible foretells a seven year period of terrible trouble called the Tribulation. It is a period in which God will pour out his wrath on the earth. The Apostle Paul said that Jesus will deliver us from the wrath to come. The Christians at Thessalonica suspected that the Tribulation had already begun. They were wondering why hadn’t Jesus rescued them? They were wondering when will the Rapture take place?
The Apostle Paul assured them that the Tribulation had not yet begun. Paul told the early Christians that two events must happen before the Tribulation can begin. Satan must be cast out of heaven in order to empower the Antichrist on earth. So don’t worry that the Tribulation has come until you see those two things happen.
2Thessalonians 2:1-3 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
The Apostle Paul instructed the Thessalonians about the events that will precede the Tribulation. But he was assuring them that they hadn’t missed the Rapture. The Rapture will also precede the Tribulation. So when is the Rapture? The day that Christ comes back to earth (the day of Christ) to collect his Church (our gathering together unto him) will not happen until Satan is cast out of Heaven (a falling away) when it becomes obvious that he is empowering a specific man on earth (that man of sin be revealed). All of these events will precede the Tribulation period.
To put it very plainly, Jesus will not come back for his Church until the Antichrist is revealed. To put it another way, the Rapture of the Church will not occur until the Antichrist is exposed. Or, the revelation of the Antichrist is the sign of the Rapture! I know this comes as a shock to most of you. But it helps to put things into perspective. Like the church members in Thessalonica we can now understand the signs of Jesus’ coming for the Rapture. Unlike the church members in Thessalonica we are much closer to that event.
I think that the Antichrist is already identifiable because he is already doing the things that the Bible predicts. I expect to see the Antichrist officially revealed shortly. The Bible says that Satan will fall from heaven like bright shining lightning. After he falls then he will empower the Antichrist. When we see the Antichrist exposed for who he is, with lying wonders and blasphemy; then be on the lookout (Luke 21:28-36) for Jesus to come in the air, to raise the dead and Rapture the living!
By the way, I think that Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist. Plus, I think that Jesus will return when the Turkish Army enters northern Israel. The Turkish Army is in northern Syria now and is threatening to attack Damascus. Damascus is only thirty miles from the Golan Heights of northern Israel!