Jesus told us what events would occur before He appears in the sky to rapture the saints delivering them from the great tribulation. Unfortunately many Christians have ignored or not understood the ramifications of what Jesus told us which may unfortunately be to their demise.
Here is what Jesus said.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Luke 21:25-27
Let’s summarize what is being said.
1. Signs in the sun, moon, and stars.
2. Distress/anguish/perplexity of nations.
3. The sea and waves roaring.
4. Powers of heavens will be shaken.
5. Men’s hearts failing because of fear.
Notice that all of these things occur before the coming of the Son of man in the clouds—And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud. And at what events does the Son of man appear in the clouds? We all know it is the rapture.
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Mt 24:30
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. 1 Thes 4:17
The Lord Jesus appears in the clouds at the rapture. Therefore all of the things mentioned above occur before the rapture. Let’s discuss these pre rapture events and what they may involve.
Signs in the sun, moon, stars may involve the appearance of a second sun, the coming of the winged destroyer—Nibiru, alien/demon encounters, moon anomalies, meteor showers, days of darkness, etc.
Distress/anguish/perplexity of nations may involve wars, financial collapses, plagues, famines, pole shifts, and natural disasters.
The sea and waves roaring may involve tsunamis, super storms, and tide anomalies.
Powers of heavens will be shaken may involve the disruption of the cycles of the sun, earth, and moon.
Scripture tells us that when these things occur they will cause great fear to arise in the hearts of men and as a result some men’s hearts shall fail; meaning that the person will either faint or die.
Unfortunately 99% of all Christians fail to understand that they will see these horrific things occur, whatever they turn out to be, because they erroneously believe that the rapture will happen before any of the “bad” things of the end times occur. Unfortunately they are wrong, the scriptures above are clear, they will happen before they see the Son of man coming in a cloud at the rapture.
Let’s consider a parallel passage from another gospel—Matthew 24.
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Those passages describe the first 4 seals of Revelation--New World Order takeover, WWIII, financial collapse, plagues, death of 1/4 of world's population. The next verse describes seal 5--the persecution of Jews and Christians at the hands of the antichrist.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
And after the seal 5 great tribulation we see the sixth seal and the rapture.
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Therefore as you can see there are going to be many fearful things that occur before the rapture. And when those fearful things occur most Christians unfortunately will be caught off guard and most likely unprepared, which in turn will leave them in a very perplexing situation. Can you live without electricity, grocery stores, running water, police protection, loss of income, etc. Unfortunately that is what we may be faced with in the future.
No one knows for sure when the really bad things are going to occur. Therefore you must be ready at any time. Are you spiritually, mentally, and physically prepared? You must prepare, before it is too late.
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. Prov 22:3
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A reader asked me to comment about Rev 3:10. Here is an excerpt from The Coming Epiphany about that.
What About Revelation 3:10?
Some pre-trib adherents make further claims, citing Revelation 3:10 as evidence that God will not only keep the Christian from His wrath, but will also keep them from the hour of temptation—that is, the entire 70th Week: “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” However, a careful examination of the Greek used in this passage actually shows that the passage supports the view that believes that the rapture will occur at the sixth seal.
Robert Van Kampen, in The Rapture Question Answered Plain & Simple, has made a thorough analysis of this verse. Let us examine a few excerpts from that section.
When the underlying Greek text is studied carefully, comparing Scripture with Scripture, we will discover that the “hour of testing” refers specifically to that time associated with antichrist’s persecution. . . . More importantly we will see that the Greek words underlying our English translations argue that this terrible time of testing cannot be the wrath of God, but must be the wrath of satan. . . . If the Greek word peirasmos, as used in the Revelation 3:10 passage, is compared to its use in other New Testament passages, we will see that the “hour of testing” cannot refer to the wrath of God but, quite the opposite, to the wrath of satan. . . . They all say the same thing: satan is the source of all peirazo, not God. Like the logical argument, the biblical argument from scripture demonstrates that the “hour of testing” in Rev. 3:10 cannot refer to the wrath of God but, by definition, must be the wrath of satan.
Another phrase in Revelation 3:10 that we need to consider is “will keep thee from.” The Greek phrase used here is tereo ek. Van Kampen has this to say about that phrase:
Tereo ek, is used in conjunction, can only refer to guarding or protecting those who persevere while they are within the sphere of danger, and then bringing them safely out from the midst of that danger. Thus the meaning of the text is clear. Tereo ek should be translated, “a watchful protection within the sphere of danger, with a safe deliverance out from the midst of it.
Combining the analysis of the Greek into a translation of Revelation 3:10 yields a rendering that shows that the Christian will not be spared from the great tribulation, but will be rescued out of it:
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will rescue you out of the midst of the hour of satan’s temptation, the great tribulation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
So the analysis of the Greek in Revelation 3:10 does not support a pre-trib view, but supports a pre-wrath view of the rapture.
 Robert Van Kampen, The Rapture Question Answered Plain & Simple, (
Revell, 2002), 173–174. Grand
 Ibid., 177.