Rapture and the United States in the End times ExplainedWritten by Michael Bradley
1. Where is Rapture in all of this? There is a big debate in Body as to whether or not there is going to be a rapture. That will be another whole article. However, if there is going to be a rapture, it will probably occur at one of three possible points:
a. Right before beginning of 7 year Tribulation. I will be doing a separate article specifically on possibility of a Rapture. I personally believe that there will be a rapture of God’s saints - and that it will occur sometime BEFORE start of 7 year Great Tribulation.
b. Right before midpoint of Tribulation at three and half year mark where Antichrist seats himself in Temple and proclaims himself to be God and starts persecution of Jew and Christians.
c. Or right before battle of Armageddon.
2. Where is United States in all of this? People who study Bible Prophecy are having a hard time finding where we fit into all above events. There is one very interesting verse that might give us a clue.
This verse says that once last part of Tribulation starts with persecution of Jews, that Israel was given "two wings of a great eagle" to fly into where nourishment and protection was given to her. Some people think that it might be referring to United States since our national symbol is that of an eagle. Others feel that eagle refers directly to God Himself, and God will arrange for some type of protection for one-third of Jews who will not be killed by Antichrist.
I cannot find any other verses at this time that would answer above question. I feel it could almost go either way. I think there is a good chance it might be referring to America since we do have a good relationship with Israel at this time. If it is us, then that would mean we do not become part of 10 nation confederacy that Antichrist will rule from. We would continue to hold our "superpower" status and would stay "isolated" out of all these events.
However, other possibility is that once God raptures all of Christians out of America - that we will lose our superpower status and will cease to have any bearing or influence on future world events. Once America’s power has been completely taken off of world scene - this will then free Antichrist to be able take center stage as ruler over a 10 nation European confederacy.
Of these 2 possibilities - I would say second scenario may be most plausible and logical. And that may explain why America does not seem to be mentioned anywhere in Bible in reference to end time events.
Our country has been truly founded on God and Jesus. Once all real Christians have been taken up to heaven in this rapture - our country could literally fall apart overnight, since God’s hand operating through all of His people will no longer be in control of things. Our country may end up going down as a history lesson on what will happen to a country that has been founded on God and true Christian principles and then those Christians are taken out of equation.
The only reason we are world’s only superpower at this time is due to anointing that God Himself has placed on this country as a result of our initial Christian foundations that were established with Him. It only has been power of God operating on this country that has made us superpower we are today. Once God’s people are taken out of this big picture - I believe this country will literally "fall apart" overnight, and Antichrist and his 10 nation European confederacy will move in very quickly to take our place as world’s only true superpower. Now here is verse about Israel being given protection under two wings of a great eagle:
This also may explain how Antichrist will literally be able to take control of entire world in such a short period of time. With America being left completely powerless with loss of so many Christians and no other countries big enough or powerful enough to take our place - Antichrist, with his 10 nation European confederacy, will be next in line to have muscle, technology and ability to replace us as next world superpower.
"But woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from presence of serpent." (Revelations 12:14) You definitely know that verse is talking about last half of Tribulation because it uses words "time and times and half a time." That is same phrase used by Daniel in his prophecy and it has already been determined that it equals three and half years!!!
WARNING - Do Not Take The Mark Of The BeastWritten by Michael Bradley
This article, on mark of beast, will be short, sweet and straight to point. This will be an extension off of articles that I just did on all of events that will be occurring leading up to return of Jesus back to our earth to set up His Millennium Kingdom.
In first article I did titled "Basic Overview of Main End Time Events", I gave you verse on how False Prophet will set up a system on how he and Antichrist will try to get everyone to receive mark of beast on either their foreheads or their right hands. The verse goes on to say how no one will be able to buy or sell anything without this mark. The verse also says that anyone who will not worship Beast will be killed.
Due to importance on this one issue, I'm going to go ahead and restate this verse. I will then give you verse on God's warning regarding this event. This verse is talking about False Prophet and what he is going to do.
"He was granted power to give breath to image of beast, that image of beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship image of beast to be killed. And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has mark or name of beast, or number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate number of beast, for it is number of a man. His number is 666." (Revelations 13:15-18) Now here is real scary part. God Himself says in Revelations that none of His people are to receive this mark of beast. If they do, they will end up coming under His wrath that will be released upon earth during latter part of Tribulation.
God then pronounces what is most dire warning imaginable if any of His people receive this mark. He flat out says that in addition to suffering His wrath that will be poured out during these last days - that they will also end up in Lake of Fire and Brimstone where Antichrist, False Prophet and Satan will eventually go.
In other words, you will go straight to hell when you die - no if, ands or buts about it! Let these words sink in to your memory banks and don't ever forget them in event that there is no Rapture and Tribulation takes place in our lifetime. Here is verse giving all of us this dire warning:
Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of wine of wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into cup of His indignation. And he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in presence of holy angels and in presence of Lamb. And smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship beast and his image, and whoever receives mark of his name."