1982 years ago* this week, Jesus took His closest disciples up the Mount of Olives for one last in-depth teaching. Where the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5-7) dealt with how to live here, the Olivet Discourse dealt with how to prepare for the Rapture, Great Tribulation and Final Judgment.
Jesus said, “All the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a trumpet blast, and they will gather His elect.
“As it was in the days of Noah and on the day when Lot left Sodom, so it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left.
“On that day, remember the wife of Lot. A person who is on the housetop and whose belongings are in the house must not go down to get them, and likewise a person in the field must not return to what was left behind.
“Stay awake, for you do not know on which day your Lord will come.”
(Compiled from Matt 24:30-31, 37, 40-42, Luke 17:29-33)
N.b., We can be certain that the gathering of Jesus’ elect is a distinct event from the gathering of all souls for Final Judgment (see Matt 25: 31ff). Here, Jesus says He will come upon the clouds, send out His angels, and invite only some to escape the coming disasters like Noah and Lot. At Final Judgment, He says He will be on His throne with His angels gathered about Him and that all the living and the dead will be required to attend.
I think the Rapture could be very soon. This week is the Medjugorje anniversary** of the Crucifixion and Resurrection; the branches of the fig become tender and grow leaves in April (Matt 24:32). Please, BEG God to put you on the list of His elect, so when He comes in the clouds and sends his angels, you’ll be offered the chance to escape like Noah and Lot did. You really don’t want to be here for what’s coming.
There’s No Deterring an Apocalyptic Nuclear Iran by Thomas Sowell – March 31, 2015
“Clearing the way for Iran to get nuclear bombs may — probably will — be the most catastrophic decision in human history.”
*The Hebrew and Roman calendars for this week exactly match those of the original events.
**Explanation for what I mean by “Medjugorje Anniversary”