By Douglas V. Gibbs
Flipping through the channels, a faith healer adorned my television screen. After he slapped some woman on the forehead and she dropped to the floor, a couple other pastors came on the screen and promised to pray for you if you sent them a monetary gift.
God is not a circus animal that is supposed to perform upon demand, and worshiping Him is not supposed to be some circus act like you see with these faith healers who seem to place their theatrics above The Lord.
I wonder how God views these people that make a mockery of Christ's Sacrifice.
As a Christian, I believe that the Rapture of believers in Christ is somewhere in the future. I don't know if the event will occur soon, or a hundred years from now, though the "you are saved" forehead slappers seem to think it is quite soon. The Book of Matthew tells us that only the Father in Heaven knows the date and time.
Political and geological events in recent years leads me to think that perhaps the Rapture may possibly be looming in the near future. One of the primary keys that suggests to me a sooner-rather-than-later Rapture is Islamism. The recent increase in Islamic fervor, and a few key events surrounding Islam, have served to answer a number of prophetic questions.
As global upheaval threatens to send the planet into chaos, terrorism has left even the most peaceful states in fear, economic failure in all of the financial systems is becoming a possible reality, a global organization has begun to exert more blue helmet control over various countries, and the world leaders are calling for global cooperation as the people begin to cry out for peace and safety. Nearly all of the pieces are in place. The world is ripe, and ready for the beginning of the end. While considering all of these things, I have wondered what the world would do if on top of all of the crises, suddenly millions upon millions of Christians vanished.
Chaos would ensue as the leaders began to search for a reason for the disappearances. Planes would fall from the sky as Christian pilots vanish from their seats, and cars would careen out of control with no driver. Piles of clothes on buses, in offices, on the streets, and in beds would remain as the bodies rose to meet Jesus. The children under the age of being able to decide about a life regarding Christ will also depart, as will every child in the womb.
The realization that much of the world population has simply vanished will lead to fear, and ultimately global unrest. Riots will no doubt flood the streets of metropolitan areas. Nations will militarily strike against each other, and some people will die just from the sheer panic of it all. And from the ashes will rise a charismatic leader to bring stability and order back to the shattered world. Armies will lay down their arms, and the entire globe will welcome his offer of peace, unity, and social sanity.
Thus will rise the leader of the caliphate, and for three and a half years the world will be at peace, putting the pieces back together, and gaining some sense of normalcy.
Then the peace treaty with Israel, and non-Muslims, will be broken, and the world will once again descend into terror.
Or, at least based on Scripture, that is what I think would happen if the Rapture were to occur today.
-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary