Many Christians in the prophetic realm today believe when rapture takes place, very few individuals left behind will comprehend the true reason for its occurrence. The common understanding has the people left behind stunned at first, but then they quickly develop some sort of amnesia. The idea that no one will pay any lasting attention to what would have to be a cataclysmic events, seems hard to believe. Especially since, so much knowledge of the rapture has already been disseminated in the forms of millions of books, radio or TV broadcasts, and even in the form of bumper stickers: "In Case Of Rapture This Car Will Be Unmanned."
How the Idea of a Secret Rapture Became Predominant
Most Christian writings, when it comes the world's reaction regarding the rapture, paint a picture of total ignorance of what has happened. The common understanding is, in order to have the Antichrist come to power, a blanket of ignorance needs to be thrown over all tribulations events. The unsaved saying, Where did everyone go? This has dominated rapture writings the past 25 years. I believe the whole purpose of the rapture is to get people's attention. In contrast to what some authors think, Knowledge about rapture permeates society, so much so, that the occurrence of the rapture will likely cause a good deal weeping and wailing.
Will the World Take Notice of the Rapture?
The world will most certainly take notice when the rapture occurs. If the Statue of Liberty suddenly vanished from New York Harbor, ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN would break from programming to cover this marvel. To have millions of people disappear without a trace, the media storm cannot be imagined. If one car or airplane crashed without a driver or pilot, it would be a major news item. After the rapture, the media will have 1000's of examples to choose from. Think of the vital position that Christians hold in the workplace. Many businesses would be paralyzed by the loss of key personnel; the economy will suffer a devastating blow; and millions of people, who had friends and family members raptured, will be terrified. The rapture will create a media event that rival any breaking news event from the past. If you turned on your television, you would find 24 hour coverage on every channel, the President having emergency meetings after emergency meeting, and churches filled to overflowing.
How Then Will the Devil Deceive the World
Right after the rapture, millions of people find "religion," repenting of every sin they committed; and repenting of some they haven't committed, and the prophecy section in all Christian bookstores will be cleaned out, and you may need reservations to attend Sunday church services - Well, may not all churches. The world will be in a state of supreme chaos, and out of this mess will arise the man who will have an answer to every question. This man, the Antichrist, has been repeatedly mentioned in the New Testament. Paul the Apostle repeatedly made mention of him. The Antichrist will be the greatest salesman in the history, because he will sell the people the biggest lie ever. Satan will be so impressed with him, he will give this man his full power. Paul also stated that because the people will have no pleasure in the truth, God will send them strong delusion that they may be damned. Exactly what that delusion is, we can only guess. What methodology the Antichrist will use to explain away the rapture, I have no idea. Some say he will cite space aliens as the reason, and some say the explanation will be they went into another dimension to receive better understanding. If we are truly grounded in the word of God, no lie no matter how beguiling, will be able to shake us loose from the truth.
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