Millions of conversations will end in mid-sentence. A husband will turn to embrace his wife and she will be gone. A young mother will reach into a bassinet expecting to cradle her newborn, yet all she will feel is warm sheets. A pilot will turn to his co-pilot while taxiing down the runway expecting to carry on a conversation with him, yet all he will view is an empty leather seat. These situations I just described to you are events that will take place during the rapture, an instantaneous act of God which will move His followers from this planet into eternity. And on the heels of the rapture, the Bible describes our world as a panic-stricken world, a pandemonium-laden planet, and a planet where horror and pain and sorrow are rampant. And this will usher in a seven-year period of hell on earth known as the Tribulation.
I am in the second part of a series called “Thee End – Facing The Final Frontier”. If you missed last weekend, please pick up the tape because each message builds on the one that precedes it. Volumes of books, reams of articles and thousands of lectures have been churned out concerning the end. Everybody is talking about it these days; even Hollywood is getting into the act. Movies like Contact, Armageddon and others focus on the future. Why is there preoccupation with the future? Why is everyone worried about what will happen next? Why are we thinking about the end time?
The Bible comes along and says in Ecclesiastics 11 that God has set eternity in the hearts of men. It is almost like reading a suspenseful novel. You begin to freak out a little bit. And although you don’t tell a lot of people, now and then you turn and read the last couple of pages so you will know the end.
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