The Rapture!

 “In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know His return is very near, right at the door.” Matthew 24:33 (NLT)

Yes, I believe in the rapture of the church! And I believe we are hastening the day for it through our praying and obedience. I also believe that Jesus is coming to His church before He comes for her! We are about to experience the greatest awakening in history, and it is all about Jesus awakening His bride for her wedding feast. It is clear that the bride will have prepared herself for that day (Revelation 19:7-8). This coming global revival is all about the bride getting ready. At this point she is not ready. Nor is she yet complete. Jesus Himself said that the gospel would be preached to all nations, among all people groups, and then the end shall come (Matthew 24:14). In that same passage Jesus said that there would be signs pointing toward this day, and these include a great deception that would include even some of His people (v. 6, 11, & 23-25), and that is definitely happening right now! He said there would be earthquakes, definitely happening. Wars and threats of wars (v. 6) … happening! Sin rampant and love growing cold (v. 12) … happening! Jesus said that when we see these things, we would know that His return is very near (v. 33). Jesus is coming soon! But first there is work to do as He comes to release revival upon this planet and prepare His people!

Please do not be afraid of the day we are in, but pray with fervency that the church would awaken, that His bride would get ready, and that the army of God would go forth reaping the harvest. Don’t allow Covid and the new “variant”, the masks, the vaccine, the terrible things happening to and through our nation and right now in Afghanistan, to distract you from your place before the Throne. Let us hasten the day by pressing into God like never before! Cry out for the Prince of Peace to move in Afghanistan (Isaiah 9:6)! May streams of living water flow through that dry barren land! Cry out for the God of Peace to crush Satan under our feet (Romans 16:20). May the church would rise up and go to the world in Holy Spirit power! Cry out for the Alpha and Omega to overshadow the delta variant (Revelation 1:8, 22:12-13)! Thank the Lord that signs and wonders WILL accompany those who believe (Mark 16:17 & 20). Ask the Lord to release His power in you, your pastor and church and across our city. Ask Him to prepare His people in Athens for His soon return! May we join the Spirit and the bride in crying out to Jesus, “Come quickly” (Revelation 22:12, 17 & 20, 1 Corinthians 16:22). The whole earth WILL be filled with the knowledge of the Lord (Habakkuk 2:14)!