Does the bible teach a 'rapture' of the saints? Part 3
The bible has always mentioned that Christians will always be persecuted for their faith. Jesus did confirm this and it has occurred throughout history. Also scripture clearly tells us that we are all saved by grace through faith and not of works. This makes the notion that people who miss the rapture and do not accept the mark will be saved by their own blood ridiculous. We receive salvation in Christ Jesus alone.
Paul fully clarified how the events will unfold before the end.
Now, dear brothers and sisters, let us clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet him. 2 Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us. 3 Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness[b] is revealed—the one who brings destruction. 4 He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God. 5 Don’t you remember that I told you about all this when I was with you? 6 And you know what is holding him back, for he can be revealed only when his time comes. 7 For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way. 8 Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will kill him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by the splendor of his coming. 2 Thessalonians 2
The book of Revelations also says the same thing
13 He did astounding miracles, even making fire flash down to earth from the sky while everyone was watching. 14 And with all the miracles he was allowed to perform on behalf of the first beast, he deceived all the people who belong to this world. He ordered the people to make a great statue of the first beast, who was fatally wounded and then came back to life. 15 He was then permitted to give life to this statue so that it could speak. Then the statue of the beast commanded that anyone refusing to worship it must die. Revelation 13
Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came from the mouth of the one riding the white horse. Revelation 19: 21
The antichrist will surely be revealed while the church is still here on earth! He shall be allowed to persecute the church and martyr some.
7 And the beast was allowed to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. 10 This means that God’s holy people must endure persecution patiently and remain faithful. Revelation 13
The working of the antichrist is definitely not going to be so blatant but will be quite subtle. The mark of the beast is not a physical mark either and has got nothing to do with chips and implants as taught by end time scaremongers. All the events laid out in the book of Revelations are figurative. The beasts are not physical beasts; Jesus is not a physical lamb either. The Father’s name is not written physically on the foreheads of the saints so why do we then believe the mark of the beast will be physical?
John used the Jewish tradition of tying portions of the Torah on parchments on one’s arm and forehead as the illustration. It signified that your thoughts and heart were God centred. The thoughts and heart of those who receive the mark of the beast are carnal. Scripture says in the book of Romans that to be spiritually minded is life while being carnally minded is death.