The "Left Behind" Letter
By Stephen Thomas
Those who are reading this page come under two groups. The before group and The after group. The page is mainly for the after group however, we will address the before group, in short, as an introduction to the main theme of this page.
The Before Group
The Before group, are those who live in the time period just before an event called the rapture of the church. This event is Jesus returning for His bride (The Church), to take her to heaven. Protected from a period of time known as, the tribulation period or Daniel's 70th week, a time where the church age ends and another time period starts. This is known as a pre-tribulation rapture. There are many differing ideas on who is raptured and who is left behind and there always will be until the event happens, but then it will be too late. I would like to note that the Bible talks about the ones who are watching and waiting for His return. Rev3:3 and Rev 3:15-16 are Scriptures speaking to the church and are very sobering. I make no judgment on who will be raptured or who will be left behind, however it seems that God does. The people living before the rapture have every opportunity to totally attach themselves to the things of God and His will, rather than the things of this world. A time to eagerly watch and prepare for His return, before it is to late. Time is short. Those living in this "before" group, who are certain of their position, may wish to copy this page to leave it behind as a guide to your family, friends and loved ones who do not accept this revelation as you do. John 3:3 and John 3:5
The After Group - THOSE LEFT BEHIND.
If you are reading this after a great disappearance of people all over the world, then you have entered or are nearing the time period called "The Tribulation" or Daniels 70th week. The following information covers the 2550 days and an additional 45 days, according to Daniel 12, from around the time of the disappearing. Your decisions will effect your future for eternity. Carefully read the following outline.
First, you need to understand what this time period is all about. In the book of Revelation 3:10 in the Bible it speaks to the church before the Rapture. It says that He (God) will keep His people from the time of trial that will come on the whole world to test those living on the earth. So this time of trial is the seven-year tribulation period designed to test those living on the earth. The bottom line is that you will have two choices. Either accept the new world system that Satan is behind or accept God and His heavenly system. If you choose Satan you choose his fate. If you choose God, you receive a future with Him. As stated, this decision will have eternal results, whichever you choose.
At the moment, I am assuming that you are devastated. You are searching for answers. Not only answers, but the "truth." You are seeing earthquakes, death and destruction all around you. Wars and rumours of wars. Maybe a E.P.M. - electromagnetic pulse high altitude nuclear detonation. People are missing world-wide. Possibly, you have family, loved ones or friends missing or even dead. You may have had someone tell you about this time period before hand. You may be confused about what you are being told or what you are hearing on news sources. You may think you have been left behind and have no hope. You have one hope. But only one hope, and one way. That way is Jesus. Remember there are only two choices but when you know the truth there is really only one choice. JESUS. There will be a great multitude that comes out of this tribulation period, who accept the truth, the Bible teaches.
Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
Rev 7:13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
Rev 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
It is the blood of the lamb (Jesus) that washes our sins away. Some Bible scholars have predicted that tribulation believers will out-number those that are raptured. That means tribulation believers can go to heaven. Before I continue with the tribulation outline, I would like to lead you through a prayer of salvation. In doing this, we acknowledge in our hearts that Jesus is Lord, we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord, we believe that Jesus died for our sins and was raised from the dead three days later and we repent of our sins in the name of Jesus. This is a decision that only you can make. Please say this prayer to God the Father.
"God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross at Calvary, and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my King, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in Jesus' precious and holy name. Amen."
John 3:16, Rom 3: 23-24, 1 John 1:7, Rom 8:16, John 1:12, Rom 10:9-10, Matthew 16: 24-26
These words are not a magic chant that opens the door to heaven. It is the genuine heart-felt desire to commit your life to Christ as Lord and Savior that is important and the words above are only a guide. The Scriptures above are part of what God's word says about salvation. Then try to get baptised. There will be many who do what you have just done in choosing God over Satan and his new world system. Those who have chosen God will go through trials in tribulation, but be strong to the end. Your reward will be beyond imagination. This brings us to something in this tribulation period that you must know. The next is the second most important thing (salvation being the first must-do). The second is a must not. You must not receive the mark of the beast.
THE MARK OF THE BEAST.
There are many views on what the mark of the beast is. Some say a veri-chip implanted in the skin, others a
laser-embedded tattoo under the skin. What we need to understand is that whatever it is, we know that it is ameans of control. Nobody will buy or sell without the mark of the beast. This will happen around the middle of the tribulation period.
Rev 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Rev 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Anyone that does this will be accepting the world system of Satan over God. As stated above, if you do this you will spend eternity in hell with Satan. Once a person accepts the mark of the beast they have no hope. There is no going back. Their future is sealed together with Satan for eternity.
We have one must do ... Receive salvation through accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior.
And...........one must not do ... Don't receive the mark of the beast.
TRIBULATION :- WHY? AND WHY NOW?
A lot of people in this time period have previously had little understanding of God and His word. They may have heard but not accepted Him and what He says. His word is an account of Creation, History, His Law and a manual on how mankind is to live. If you live according to the manual the warranty is eternal life with God and all that goes with it. If you don't live according to the manual the warranty is void and you are judged with Satan. A large portion of the Bible is prophetic and warns about this time period. It is not a fable that only old women believe. It is the word of God. It is truth. After Adam and Eve fell and sin took hold, God's judgment on mankind was The Flood in Noah's day. Only Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives survived. It was a "type" of the rapture in those days. After this, God placed a time period on mankind, to bring an end to sin. That time period has reached its final season. The last time period is a seven-year period that started around the time of the disappearing of people all over the world. A time when a world leader will sign a peace treaty with Israel and many others. The Bible tells us what will happen in the 70 "weeks" of time, and at the end of the 70th week (the last seven-year period).
Dan 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
Some of this prophecy was fulfilled by Jesus on the cross and the balance will be at His second coming. So this last seven years of mankind's time as we know it, has a defined purpose. The first half of the seven-year period is known as the beginning of sorrows and the last, the Great Tribulation or the wrath of God. It is a time when a world leader will come to the front and deceive many. This brings us to the next must know.
DECEPTION, SIGNS AND WONDERS,
You are now living in a time of great deception. After the disappearance of many all around the world, you will see a world leader come on the scene. He will appear to be solving the world situation. He will seem to be a man of peace. A world statesman. Many will be amazed at his ability to introduce peace. Over this final seven-year period he will bring this world to near destruction. The Bible calls this man The Anti-Christ. He is the father of lies and deception. His aim is to steal and destroy. He will give a false account of the world's events and the disappearing. He will be given power to deceive many. He will work with a man known in the Bible as The False Prophet.
Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
His sole aim is to take as many as he can to hell, his fate, leading people away from the truthh and salvation through accepting Christ Jesus. Do not be deceived by this final world system leader.
2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
When you understand the purpose of this time period and all the lies and deception, false signs and wonders, you will realise that there are few people you can trust. Get a Bible. It will be your guide for truth in these days.
Having said this, God has not left you alone. He has control over this time. The only thing He won't do is make you decision for you, that's your choice so don't get it wrong. He also uses supernatural powers to assist people to make their choice. Some before the rapture believe that The One Hundred and Forty-four Thousand are sealed for special service during the tribulation period. Also, The Two Witnesses in the city of Jerusalem. The world will see the two witnesses on television.
Rev 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
Rev 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
Rev 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
Rev 11:6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
You will need to show caution when listening to religious leaders, churches and individuals in your time. The media and a push to a world religion ruled by the false prophet, will have its foundation in Satan the deceiver. You may see a push for a New World Order which is also satanic at its roots. Judge everything against the word of God, your Bible. That is the real truth. I know all of this is a lot to take in and fear will try to take hold. Trust in God above and not what your own understanding is. Trusting in your own understanding is why you are in Tribulation in the first place. Jesus and His promises are your hope and your strength. OK let's now look at the events you can expect to see in the future.
The Bible's ancient prophets foretold much about this time period and of course differing interpretations will be around, but we should be able to map a series of events, not being dogmatic in the order of these events. Don't forget that this web site (rapturewatch) holds a wealth of information about end times. In the forums, people have posted information from all over the world on different subjects.
In the Bible, in Matthew 24 is where Jesus' disciples asked about the end of the age and His coming.
Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Mat 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Mat 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Mat 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Mat 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
Mat 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
Mat 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Mat 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Mat 24:13 But he that shall endures unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Mat 24:14 And this Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
You may have experienced some of these points (events) already. Wars, Kingdoms against Kingdoms, Famine, Pestilence, earthquakes in divers places. It says that all these things are the beginning of sorrows. This is the first half of the tribulation period. It goes for 1260 days. This is the time period where the new world leader will establish his world system. DO NOT TRUST HIM. You will see many wars and trouble in the Middle East involving Israel as well as other countries in the world.
Israel (God's people and holy land), in defense, will fight neighbouring countries including Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon. The mountains will be on fire (Psalm 83). Damascus in Syria will be destroyed( Isaiah 17: 1).
After this victory by Israel the Arab nations might call out for Russian support. This could be the time of the first Ezekiel war when Russia, Persia (Iran) and many others come against Israel. Any of these wars could trigger a peace treaty in the region by this world leader the Bible calls the Antichrist.
Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
The 'week' this Scripture is talking about is the Hebrew way of saying seven years. This is where we get Daniel's 70th week. So in the middle of the seven years, Antichrist will break the agreement and persecute the Jewish people. Jesus warned about the time "the abomination of desolation" would be set up in the wing of the temple. This seems to point to Israel building another temple on the mount in Jerusalem, as Antichrist places a statue in the temple, the Bible says. At this time the Jewish people will know that it is time to flee Jerusalem.
Mat 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Mat 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Mat 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
Mat 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
Mat 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! Mat 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day:
Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Mat 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
Mat 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Mat 24:25 Behold, I have told you before.
Mat 24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert, go not forth: behold,he is in the secret chambers, believe it not.
Mat 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
This is the second half of the tribulation period and is called The Great Tribulation. The planet will also endure the wroth of God being poured out from heaven onto earth. This is a time like no other in history. The best way to get an understanding of what to expect is to read the book of Revelation in the Bible from chapter 6 to the end in chapter 22. Then maybe Matthew chapter 24 which we have touched on in this page. Reading these chapters will ensure I have not forgotten to tell you something important.
There will be other wars that I will list for you :-
- The war in Rev 6 (around the start of tribulation).
- Nuclear war - Rev 8 and Rev 9
- War in heaven - Rev 12
- War against the Jewish people and tribulation saints (you) - Rev 12
- The Middle Eastern wars of the Antichrist - Daniel 11
- Battle of Armageddon - Joel 3, Zachariah 14 and Rev 19
- Second war of Gog and Magog at the end of the thousand year reign. - Rev 20 (The last war ever)
As you can see, horrific days. Along with wars comes the Satanic release and death, depravity, disease, epidemics, volcanic activities . Be careful of government health systems. It may be easy at first to make a genuine commitment to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. This is going to become harder as time goes on and the mark of the beast has been established in the middle of the tribulation. You may have to flee from the system like the Jewish people. I know that Christians all over the world who have been raptured have left food, water and provisions behind just for you. Some live in remote areas as I do so if you have to flee persecution, do it. Find a safe house. My home is stocked with provisions as many others will be also. You may have to die rather than be part of Antichrist's world system and his punishment. This is the better Option if that is how it is to be.
Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
Rev 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
Rev 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
If this is your fate understand that at that very moment, you step into heaven. Your eternity, in great joy, is assured. This will take great strength but it is a must, as the other option, in the lake of fire with Satan is not even a consideration. There is much more I could say but I think the above and your search for the truth will bring you to a sobering understanding of this time period you find your self in.
After what has be said, I would like to conclude :
- One must do.........................Address your salvation situation with God. (detailed above)
- One don't do.........................Do not receive the mark of the beast. (detailed above)
Beware of the one world government, one world religion, world health organisations, Satanic deception in the form of other beings, Satanic signs and false miracles. Read your Bible and the Scriptures I mentioned. Search for other true believers and pray continually.
I and many others have prayed for you and others in this time period. We continue to ask our heavenly father to strengthen, provide, protect and guide you through this time of tribulation and look forward to welcoming and meeting you in heaven. You are expected to join the other saints and the host of heaven before our Father in heaven. Be strong, your reward is waiting.
Solomon's conclusion, the wisest man to ever live:
Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Ecc 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.