I always believed that the rapture or the return of the Lord will be a secret but when I read the verse that says, "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord." (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). The bible tells us that the return of Christ will be noisy and glorious. True the bible says that the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night. The Lord won’t come as a thief but the day of His coming will come as a thief. The event will not be secretive yet the timing of the event is a secret which is why we have to watch and pray until we witness the glory of His appearing as the bible says, " All eyes shall see Him"
There is no doubt that the Lord is coming back and His return would be joyous to those who have for ages been waiting patiently either in the graves or in life. We wait patiently, endearvouring to maintain the holy life to which God have afforded us over 2010 years ago through Christ Jesus and has sealed us with His Holy Spirit who dwells in us as a guarantee to our salvation on that great day. Due to the promise of that we shall see Him face to face and that we shall be like Him in His appearing and due to the hope of salvation we have in Christ, we purify ourselves for He Himself is pure.
Jesus spoke of the end times and judgement day in Matthew 24 & 25. He pointed out that there would be rumours of wars, nation shall rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom, there would famines, pestilences (deadly epidemic like, AIDS, N1H1 virus, bird flu and many other illnesses), and earthquakes in various places (like the 2004 tsunami that was triggered by underwater earthquake killing millions, and now in 2010 we are picking up the pieces of Haiti after two earthquakes had occurred claiming scores of thousands of lives). Jesus also mentioned that believers will be killed and many suffer tribulation for His sake and we see that happening in India and China today. False prophets will rise, (the likes of Sai Baba, Isaiah Shembe, Bhudda, Mary Baker, Joseph Smith and many more). Jesus went on to say that lawlessness will increase and as a result the love of many will grow cold. (We see lawlessness being officiated as legal or constitutional, like child abortion, homosexuality, and other belief systems that are rebellious against God’s word and so many Christians have grown cold in their love for God and others have compromised the gospel and have adopted ungodly lifestyles). All these are signs of that, the day of the Lord is around the corner.
And "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and glory. And he will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."
Are you ready for His return? His day is coming as a thief in the night and many of those who call themselves Christians and are not, will be caught with their pants down. Don’t be one of them…