Taking the Endtimes Seriously

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio


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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Novelist and Life Coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, August 31, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #34 in Series 2020 and is titled “Taking the End Times Seriously”.

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For the past several years, my husband and I have been what the Bible calls “watchmen on the wall.” For those of you who do not know, according to the Scriptures, a watchman is a person who studies current events in relation to Biblical prophecy.

To read the morning headlines today is to read Bible prophecy being fulfilled.  So much that was predicted by the ancient Hebrew prophets thousands of years ago is now coming to pass before our very eyes.

What are some of these prophecies? Here are a few highlights:

  1. There will be an increase in natural disasters, pestilence, and famine throughout the world. We are already seeing this prophecy being fulfilled in the Covid-19 pandemic, the increase in earthquakes, vicious storms, and the devastating loss of crops, resulting in food shortages. Matthew 24: 7 talks of these things: ” . . .  and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
  2. There will be a coalition of nations in Africa and the Middle East that will align themselves against Israel (Psalm 83:2-8; Ezekiel 38:2-16).  We see this happening now with the big three–Iran, Turkey, and Russia–joining together with the smaller nations of Libya, Ethiopia, and Sudan to align themselves against Israel.
  3. There will be a global economic collapse followed by revolution, war, and, possibly, martial law. Several passages in the Book of Revelation prophesy of this economic collapse (for example, Revelation 6:2-6; Revelation 13:16-17). We are seeing the beginnings of economic distress in the closing of businesses due to the pandemic, the drop in the value of the dollar, and the growing shortage of coins.
  4. There will be a great falling away from the faith. Hardly a day goes by that we do not hear of a Christian leader turning away from God and denouncing faith in Christianity. Thousands–if not millions–are turning away from righteousness and embracing wickedness. People are calling wrong right, and right, wrong, as 2 Thessalonians 2: 3 prophesies.

    These are only a few of the indications that we are in the end of the last days.

    All believers have been given the assignment to be a watchman in these last days, but, sadly, very few are fulfilling it. What about you? 

    Perhaps you don’t know how to be a watchman. Here are some suggestions:

    1. Pray. This is the first order of business. Watchmen get their orders from our Commander-in-Chief, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. These orders come as the result of prayer.

    2. Witness. Proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ at every opportunity. Souls hang in the balance.

    3. Act. Fulfill the Great Commission by healing the sick, casting out demons, and raising the dead. God has given us the power and authority of His Name to fulfill His Great Commission. If we fail to do so, the blood of the lost in our circle of influence will be on our heads.

    Only those born again in Jesus Christ can fulfill the Great Commission and be a watchman. If you have not been born again, pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I come to You just as I am. I desire to be in relationship with You. Come into my life now. I receive You as my Savior and Lord. Make of me what You created me to be. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

If you prayed this simple prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a little booklet that will help you get started in your walk with Christ. I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He instructs you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers.

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Preparing for the Lord’s Return

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Novelist and Life Coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, July 13, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #28 in Series 2020 and is titled “Preparing for the Lord’s Return”.

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There’s an old saying that goes like this: “Forewarned is forearmed.”

When it comes to the days in which we are living, this saying bears serious consideration. Why? Because we are living in the days in which Jesus Christ could return at any moment to remove His followers from the earth. So, it behooves us to be ready for His return.

Why do we need to be ready?

Great question! Here are some answers:

1. The world is fast heading toward the worst time in human history: a seven-year period called the Tribulation. This period of time will witness the rise of the AntiChrist, the most horrific and most tyrannical dictator ever to walk the earth. He will be completely possessed by Satan and operate at his bidding. The AntiChrist will set himself up as God in the Jewish temple and will demand that the whole world bow down in allegiance and worship to him. Those who refuse to do so will be beheaded, most likely by the guillotine. 

2. Only those who follow Jesus will be spared this horrific time in human history. The reason is that Jesus will remove His followers from the earth just before the Tribulation in a cataclysmic event called the Rapture. In what the Bible describes as “the twinkling of an eye,” all Christ-followers will disappear from the earth, creating utter chaos that will send the world hurtling toward the horrors of the Tribulation.

3. Those of us who follow Christ must repent of our sin and light our lamps, making sure we have ample supply of the oil of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We do not want to be like the five foolish virgins who were not prepared for the Lord’s return (Matthew 25: 1-13). 

Some of you reading this blog or listening to this podcast may be hearing all of this for the first time. Well, thank God you are hearing it, for it is Truth, and most people are clueless about the Truth.

Bottom line, Jesus is coming back soon for all those who follow Him. If you do not follow Jesus, begin now by accepting Him as your Savior and Lord. Pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I have been clueless about what’s really going on in the world. Thank you for leading me to this message today. I want to go with You when You remove Your followers from the earth. So I accept You now as my Savior and Lord. Make of me what You created me to be. Amen.

If you prayed this simple prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a little booklet that will help you get started in your walk with Christ. I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He instructs you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers.

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The Coming Global Cataclysm

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, your Virtual Life Coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, February 17, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #7 in Series 2020 and is titled “The Coming Global Cataclysm.”

Most people are unaware that there is a global cataclysm coming upon the earth that will literally turn the world upside down. No one knows exactly when this event will occur, but all signs indicate that it will happen in the not-too-distant future. The cataclysmic event to which I am referring is called the Rapture

So, what is the Rapture? 

The Rapture is a momentous instant in time when Jesus Christ will suddenly appear in the sky, visible only to His followers, to remove them from the earth before the beginning of the most horrific period in human history called the Tribulation. The Bible warns of this momentous event in 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17:

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will be the first to rise. After that, we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.”

When the Rapture occurs, the world will fall into utter chaos. Imagine the scenario. At the Rapture, all born-again followers of Christ will be removed from the earth. This means that all airplane pilots who are Christ-followers and who are flying planes at the time of the Rapture will suddenly disappear from their airplanes. All drivers of cars, trucks, trains, ships, and other forms of transportation will suddenly leave their vehicles driverless and unattended. All operators of machinery who are Christ-Followers will suddenly disappear from their workstations. The result will be catastrophic. Planes whose co-pilots are also Christ-Followers will fall from the sky. Trains will derail. Cars and trucks will veer off the highways. The result will be a nightmare the likes of which have never been seen, not even in a horror movie.

After the Rapture, the people left behind will be thrust into frenzied terror. Parents will be frantically looking for their missing infants, toddlers, and little children (who will also be raptured). Spouses who are not born again will be frantically looking for their spouses who were born again and were taken by the Lord. Cell phone lines will be jammed as people desperately try to reach their loved ones.

World leaders will likely attribute the disappearance to an alien abduction, stating that those who disappeared were of an inferior degree of spiritual consciousness than those who remained and, consequently, were abducted by aliens. Even now, the world is quite comfortable with the concept of aliens, having been programmed for the last few decades, especially through the film industry, to accept them as normal.

All of this chaos will lead to the rise of the AntiChrist, a world leader who will eventually emerge on the scene with a seeming solution to the chaos. Panic-stricken by the whole scenario, people will flock to him as their savior, as the one who will put their lives–and their world–back in order again.

But such hopes on the part of the people will be crushed a few years later when the AntiChrist reveals his true colors as the worst tyrant, the worst dictator, of all human history. For this AntiChrist will, in fact, be the personification of Satan himself. In the middle of the seven-year tribulation, he will enter the newly rebuilt Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and declare himself God. Instantly, the Jews, who had heretofore accepted him as their Messiah, will recognize that he is an imposter.

So, why am I telling you all this?  Because it relates directly to you. You have the opportunity now to escape this brutal period of history. You have the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord and be counted among those whom He will remove from the earth before all of the horror begins.

But let me warn you. You don’t have much time. Bible prophecy is being fulfilled at an amazing rate. Here are are some of the chief signs that the time is short before Jesus comes to remove His followers from the earth. These signs were all predicted in the Bible thousands of years ago, and most of them have already been fulfilled:

1__People will call good evil, and evil good. This is what is happening today. Those who stand up for what is right are criticized as being intolerant and bigoted, while those who brazenly support evil are applauded. Nearly 2800 years ago, the prophet Isaiah, who lived during the eighth century B.C., foretold that this would happen in our day. He wrote:  “What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter” (Isaiah 5: 20). Today we condemn the innocent and acquit the guilty, both practices our Lord hates. Indeed, He emphatically states this in Proverbs 17: 15: “Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent— both are detestable to the LORD.”

2__Natural disasters, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, will increase. Jesus predicted these natural disasters in the twenty-fourth chapter of the Book of Matthew, along with several other signs of the end times. Today we are witnessing a great increase both in the number and in the intensity of hurricanes, floods, fires, droughts, earthquakes, and famines. While there have always been such natural disasters, their occurrence today is more frequent and more dangerous. They are converging, meaning they are all happening at the same time. (Check out my blog post titled “Convergence: Clear Sign of the End Times”).

3__There will be widespread pestilence. We are all aware of the outbreak of the Corona virus that is now sweeping the world, causing many deaths and much fear. Jesus prophesied this as well. You see, my friend, what Jesus predicted 2000 years ago is coming true, and it is coming true at a rapid rate. Don’t you think it’s time to take Him seriously and get yourself ready for His return? 

4__There will be division among the nations. In Matthew 24: 7, Jesus prophesied that “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” Perhaps at no other time in history have the nations of the world been as divided as they are today, and the tension among them is only increasing. Virtually every country has some sort of war going on as I write. 

5__Lawlessness will increase. Jesus warned us about this, again in Matthew 24. All around us we see increasing disrespect for the law, mass rebellion against authority in our homes, our cities, our universities, and our government institutions. 

6__People will become heartless and rude. Timothy wrote that in the end days, people will “be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good” (2 Timothy 3: 3). Compassion for others is on the decline, as is kindness. Instead, rudeness is on the rise, as are selfishness and disrespect, especially disrespect for authority, both familial and civil.

These are only a few of the signs that we are living in the last days. But the real question is, “What do these signs mean for you?” Are you going to take them seriously and allow them to spur you to get yourself right with God? Or are you going to dismiss them as nothing more than alarmist theories? The choice, of course, is yours. But I do wish to urge you, in the love of Christ, to take these signs to heart as signs that Jesus Christ will soon return to take His followers from the earth. You can be one of His followers if you so choose. You, too, can be rescued from the horrific nightmare that is soon to come upon the earth. All you need to do is to accept Jesus Christ as the only One Who can save you.

One last thing: You may be thinking that I am nothing more than an alarmist, and that everything I’ve said is nonsense. But let me ask you a question: What if I’m right and you’re wrong? Are you willing to take that chance when it could mean spending eternity separated from God in Hell? The 17th-century philosopher and mathematician, Blaise Pascal, in his famous work titled Pensées, said–and I paraphrase– that if a person believes in God but God does not exist, that person has lost nothing. But if a person does not believe in God, and God does exist, that person has lost everything.

What about you? Do you believe that God exists or not? Are you willing to take Pascal’s wager? I guarantee that if you sincerely seek God, He will reveal Himself to you. For you see, God is a personal God. He is not distant and dismissive. In fact, He created you because He loves you and because He wants a personal relationship with you. To establish that relationship, He sent Jesus Christ, His only-begotten Son, to pay the price for your sin, thereby making it possible for you to have that personal relationship with the Father.

But you must do your part. You must respond to His invitation to have a personal relationship with you. You do that by accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Why not do that now? 

Pray this simple prayer with me:

Father God, I want a personal relationship with You. I recognize that I cannot save myself. For this reason, You sent Jesus to save me and to restore me to fellowship with You. You sent Jesus to rescue me from the horrific times coming upon the earth. Lord Jesus, I believe that what You foretold in Your Word is coming to pass before my very eyes. I don’t want to be here during the Tribulation. I want You to take me from the earth to be safe with You at the Rapture. But in order to do that, I must become Your follower. So I do that now, Lord. I invite You into my life to be my Savior and my Lord. I choose to follow You, Jesus. I turn my back on the world and its wicked ways, and I choose to follow You and Your holy ways. Thank You for accepting me as Your own. I trust You to save me from the wrath to come. In Your Name I pray, believe, and receive. Amen.

If you prayed this simple prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a little booklet that will help you get started in your relationship with Jesus Christ. I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every day, starting in the Gospel of John, which is in the second half of the Bible. Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and find fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers.

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ARE YOU READY FOR THE RAPTURE?

WINNING WITH THE WORD
by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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We are living at a momentous time in history, a time when Jesus Christ could return at any moment to take his Church out of the world. This remarkable event whereby Jesus will instantaneously remove his followers from the earth is called the Rapture. As the Bible describes it, it will happen in the twinkling of an eye, in other words as fast as the blink of an eye. Interestingly, in Jewish tradition, the term the twinkling of an eye also refers to the sliver of the new moon that is seen on Rosh Hashanah, the Feast of Trumpets. 

My question to you today is, are you ready for the Rapture? If Jesus Christ were to return today, would He take you to be with Him? Or would He leave you behind?

This is a very serious question, and it is critically important that you be able to answer it in the affirmative. If you are not sure that you would be able to do so, then listen very closely. What I am going to discuss with you today could determine your eternal destiny.

The Rapture of People out of the world

According to the Bible, God’s instruction manual for man, the day is coming when Jesus Christ will return to Earth to rule and reign for a period of 1000 years. This thousand-year period of time is referred to as the Millennium. About seven years prior to the second coming of Christ, however, He will appear in the sky and draw to Himself all those who have surrendered their lives to Him and who are living for Him. This event is called the Rapture and is described in 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17: 

“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.”

Those people who will be taken out of the world at that time are called the Church. The Church is comprised of all those who have been born again by accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, and who are serving Him as their Lord at the time of the Rapture. These people alone will be considered the children of God, and therefore eligible to be removed from the earth and to see God. You see, while all people are the creations of God, only those who have been born again are the children of God. Two Scripture passages confirm this truth.

The first is John 1: 12 that states: “But as many as received Him, to them, He gave the right to become children of God to those who believe in His Name.” The second is John 3: 3 that says, “Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

So those who have not been born again and who are not serving God at the time of the Rapture will be left behind. And they’ll go through the worst period of suffering in the history of the world. This period of suffering is called the Tribulation and will make all previous wars combined look like a picnic.

During this horrendous time of human suffering, the world will be under the rule of a dictator called the Antichrist. Many will believe him to be the Messiah when, indeed, he will be Satan incarnate. In other words, he will be a man totally possessed by Satan. The inhabitants of the world will suffer tremendous persecution and even death at his hands. While I do not have time on this broadcast, to go into great detail about all that has to take place, I encourage you to read the Bible and learn about these things for yourself. Read especially in the New Testament, the twenty-fourth chapter of the book of Matthew, the fourth and fifth chapters of the book of First Thessalonians and the Book of Revelation.

In the Old Testament, read in particular the books of Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and Jeremiah and also the Minor Prophets. What you will learn from your reading is that we are fast approaching the return of Jesus Christ. While the Bible makes clear in Mark 13: 32 that no one knows the day nor the hour of Christ’s return, one thing is certain: He will return!  About this, there is absolutely no question. And so again, I ask you, “Are you ready?”

Even if Christ does not return during your lifetime, are you ready to meet Him when it is your turn to die? So often, we live as though we are never going to die. For some strange reason, we think that it could never happen to us. But sooner or later, each one of us will face our God and each one of us will have to give an account of our lives. How will you feel when you stand before God? Will you be joyful and confident? Or will you be fearful and ashamed?

Today, many people scoff at the thought of an afterlife. Some believe that everyone will go to Heaven because God is good and would not allow anyone to go to Hell. Others believe that once you die, that’s the end of it, that there is nothing on the other side of death. Still others believe that there are many ways to Heaven and that one can choose what one thinks is the best way for oneself. Such people think that just as all roads lead to Rome, all roads lead to Heaven as well.

The Bible takes issue with such thinking. Yes, God is good, totally good. But He will allow anyone who wants to go to Hell. Why? Because when God created us, He gave us a free will to choose our own eternal destiny. God did not create us as puppets to be manipulated by Him. No, God wanted us to be free, free to love Him and to serve Him because we want to, not because He forces us to.

But in creating us as free agents, God took the awesome risk that some people would reject Him and His gift of eternal life. And many, indeed, have rejected Him and His gift of eternal life with disastrous results. For such people who have died are now suffering the torments of Hell and will do so forever. It is too late for them to turn back.

But it is not too late for you. The destiny of those who are now in Hell does not have to be your destiny. Just as those who are now in Hell had the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ while they were alive on this earth, so do you have that same opportunity right now. Take advantage of your opportunity before it is too late for you to do so. As the Bible says in Hebrews 4: 7, “Today if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” Do not turn a deaf ear to the heart cry of God for your life. He is reaching out to you once again with his gift of salvation. You cannot be sure you will have this opportunity again. So receive it now while you can. Tomorrow may be too late.

After this broadcast, you will never be able to say that you never heard the message of salvation, because I am sharing it with you today. And that message is that God loves you and wants you to live forever with Him in Heaven. In order for you to be able to do so, He sent Jesus Christ to pay the price for your sins. John 3: 16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

All you have to do is accept what Jesus Christ did for you. It’s so simple. Just accept His gift of eternal life and you will be saved. Romans 10: 9 says that “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” To confess with your mouth means to say it aloud with your mouth. Say with your mouth that you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and that you make Him the Lord of your life.

Life and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. When you do, you will be saved. And once you are saved, you will begin to experience the abundant life, which, in John 10: 10, Jesus promised us when He said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

You will never have abundant life until you have Jesus. First John 5: 12 makes this clear:  “He who has the Son has life. He who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” Do you have life in your life? If not, go to Jesus Christ, the Source of all life. He will gladly give you life simply for the asking. Then you will be ready to meet Him when He returns. Accept Him now as your Savior and Lord by repeating this simple prayer after me:

Lord Jesus. I want to be ready when you return for your Church at the time. With the Rapture, I want to be counted as one of Your children. I admit that I am a sinner in need of your mercy and grace. I believe that you are the Son of God, that You died for me, and that Tou rose again on the third day. I invite You now to come into my life. I receive You as my personal Savior and as the Lord of my life. Nake of me all that You created me to be. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, you are now a born again Christian. I invite you to write to me at drmaryann@drmaryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a little booklet that will help get you started in your Christian walk. I also invite you to visit my website at maryanndiorio.com. There you will find a wealth of information to help you grow in your walk with the Lord, as well as a way to contact me with your prayer requests. We have had miraculous answers to prayer through this ministry. So please send in your prayer requests. God is able and willing to meet your every need.

Thank you so much for listening. This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, your Virtual Life Coach, reminding you that God loves you just as you are and just where you are, and that He will help you to keep on winning with the Word.

 

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE RAPTURE

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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It doesn’t take much to realize that something strange is going on in the world. People everywhere are noticing it. I’m sure you’ve been noticing it, too. There’s something in the air that’s making people tense. Nervous. 

Afraid.

So, what’s going on?

What’s going on is that the earth is moving toward the most cataclysmic event of all time–an event called the Rapture.

What is the Rapture? The word itself comes from the Latin word rapio, which means to seize or snatch away. It is the act of suddenly removing someone from one place and taking him to another. So, the Rapture of the Church means the sudden removal of Christ’s followers from the earth to take them to heaven.

In his first letter to the Thessalonians, written in Greek, Paul used the word harpazo to indicate this sudden removal. When Jerome later translated the Bible into Latin, he translated the word harpazo with the Latin word of the same meaning, rapio. Hence, the origin of the English word Rapture.

The Rapture is an instant in time when a trumpet will sound and Jesus Christ will appear in the sky to remove His followers from the earth before the Great Tribulation. The Apostle Paul describes the Rapture as follows in his first letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 4, verses 16 and 17: “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will be the first to rise. After that, we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.”

While many people scoff at the idea of the Rapture, it will happen. Those who are ready for it will be caught up in the air by our Lord and taken to heaven to be with Him forever. Those who are not ready will remain on the earth and suffer the most horrendous period of history the world has ever known under the dictatorship of a tyrannical world ruler called the Anti-Christ. This person will be Satan personified and will be brutal beyond imagination.

So, how do we prepare for the Rapture and escape the wrath of God to come? Here are three simple steps:

1. REPENT. This is the first and most important step. Only those who have been born again will be raptured. This means that if you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, you will be left behind. So, stop right now and invite Jesus Christ into your life. Here is a simple prayer:  

Lord Jesus, I come to You just as I am. I choose to turn away from my sin and to embrace You as my Savior and my Lord. Come into my life. Save me. Make of me what You created me to be. Amen. 

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, you are now a child of God and will go up in the Rapture to be with Him forever.

2. BE HOLY. God is holy, and He expects His children to be holy. He says this in 1 Peter 1: 16: “Be ye holy; for I am holy.” Determine to live a life that is pleasing to God. A life that aligns with His Word. This means that we need to study His Word so that we can know the kind of life He wants us to live.

3. WARN OTHERS TO REPENT AND BE HOLY. This is called the Great Commission: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16: 15). Jesus commanded His followers to tell others about Him. He is the only way to be saved. Jesus Himself said this about Himself:  “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14: 6). Tell others that Jesus is the only way to be saved. Once they have come to Christ, teach others to live holy lives so that they, too, will experience the joy of the abundant life in Christ.

Although we do not know the time of the Lord’s return, all signs indicate that it is very, very close. But even if it is not, any one of us could die at any moment. We are not promised tomorrow. So get right with God today! Now! The next moment may be too late.

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 What about you? Are you ready for the Rapture? Please share your questions and insights in the Comments Box below. Thank you!

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“Is the Apocalypse Near?” 

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