Are You Ready for the Return of Jesus Christ?

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 23, 2021, and this is Episode #29 of Series 2021. This episode is titled “Are You Ready for the Return of Jesus Christ?”

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The next major event scheduled on the Biblical calendar is the Rapture of the Church. This momentous event will mark a critical shift in the direction of the world since, as a result of the Rapture, the world will be thrust into total chaos and will be ripe for the rise of the AntiChrist.

So, what exactly is the Rapture, and why is it critically important that you be ready for it?

The Rapture of the Church is the instant in time in which Jesus Christ will appear in the sky to remove His true followers from the earth. Only His followers will see Him when He appears; the rest of the world will not. 

When Christ’s followers are suddenly removed, the world will be thrust into total chaos and confusion. Imagine this: Christian pilots will disappear while they are flying their airplanes. Christians driving cars will suddenly disappear, leaving their cars careening crazily in the midst of traffic. Christian doctors performing surgery will suddenly disappear from their operating rooms. Christian machinery operators will instantly be removed from behind their machinery. Because they have not yet reached the age of reason and accountability, all babies and little children will suddenly go missing. I think you get the picture.

After the Rapture, those left behind will find themselves in an unspeakably horrific situation and will cry out for someone to take charge and put things back in order. That someone will be the AntiChrist. 

The rise of the AntiChrist will usher in a seven-year period of unimaginable trials, tragedy, and torment known as the Tribulation. The Tribulation will be a period of worldwide dictatorship and loss of freedom under the AntiChrist. At the halfway mark of the Tribulation, the AntiChrist will demand that the entire world give him worship and allegiance by taking his mark, called the Mark of the Beast. According to Revelation 13: 16-17, this mark will be placed on the hand or the forehead. 

Just this past week, I read a chilling article about a young man in Italy who tattooed his vaccine pass onto his right arm. I’m not saying that the vaccine passport is the mark of the beast. I am saying, however, that it is heading in that direction. Folks, we are almost there! Wake up! Realize that the Bible’s predictions made thousands of years ago are coming to pass before our very eyes.

So, what does all of this mean for you?

It means that, if you want to escape hell on earth and hell in eternity, you need to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, and you need to accept Him now. You have no time to lose.

It means that if you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, you are in for the worst suffering of your life–a suffering that you may not survive. But, even worse than that, you are in for an eternity of unending suffering in hell.

Why? Because the Bible says that if you take the mark of the beast in order to buy and sell, you will be worshipping the AntiChrist, who is Satan personified, and pledging allegiance to him. The False Prophet, the AntiChrist’s righthand man, will require that anyone who wants to buy or sell anything must take the mark of the beast. The Bible says this about those who take that mark: “He required everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead. And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name.” ~ Revelation 13: 16-17.

We are already getting a taste of this restrictive measure now with the vaccine passport. Some airlines are refusing to allow non-vaccinated people to fly on their planes. Some businesses are refusing to allow unvaccinated customers to enter their places of business. Some universities are making the vaccine passport a requirement for enrollment. Many healthcare and educational facilities are refusing employment to the unvaccinated. All of these instances are precursors to the mark of the beast, as the world is being programmed to accept that mark.

So, again, what does all of this mean for you?

It means that you have a critical choice to make, a choice you need to make now because one moment from now may be too late. That choice is to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Why do you need to make that choice now? Because Jesus Christ could return at any moment to remove His followers from the earth. And if you are not one of His followers when He returns, you will be left behind to endure the horrors of the Great Tribulation.

If you do not yet know Jesus, I implore you to receive Him now. Pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I need You. I need You in my life to save me. So I now invite You into my life, and I receive You as my personal Savior and the Lord of my life. I repent of my sins, and I ask You to forgive me. Thank You for saving me. Thank You for giving me eternal life. I pray this in Your Name. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a free PDF booklet that will help you get started in your walk with Christ. I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and to 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 teaches 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. It is critically important in these last days to fellowship with other believers who are mature in Christ and who can guide you as you grow in Him.

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When a young, female auditor discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler, she must choose between ruining him or ruining herself.

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15 SIGNS THAT WE ARE IN THE END TIMES-Part 1

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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If you haven’t figured it out yet, we are in the end times. How do I know? I know because what the Bible tells us will happen in the last days is now happening.  And it is happening all at the same time in a process called Convergence. Convergence means everything happening at once and with increasingly greater frequency and intensity.

Recently, I watched an outstanding online presentation by Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries, a ministry dedicated to understanding the End Times. She gave the presentation at Calvary Chapel Church in Kaneohe, Hawaii. I have posted the link to her message at the end of this blog post and encourage you to watch it.

In her presentation, Ms. Markell listed 15 signs that prove we are in the last days. All of these signs are prophesied in the Bible and point to the soon return of Jesus Christ for His Church in the earth-shattering event called the Rapture. I would like to share those 15 signs here, giving Ms. Markell credit for originally listing them. My own comments follow each sign.

SIGN #1:  The Catch-Phrase “Peace and Security.”  Pay attention to how often you hear or read the words peace and security or peace and safety in the news. Scripture says this in 1 Thessalonians 5: 3: “While they are saying, ‘Peace and safety!’ then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.”  The pronouns “they” and “them” in this verse refer to those who are not born again, those who have rejected Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. These are the people on whom destruction will fall suddenly at the time of the Rapture. This destruction refers to the seven-year Tribulation Period during which the Anti-Christ, the most horrific dictator ever to come to power in world history –indeed, the personification of Satan himself–will rule and reign,

SIGN #2: Business As Usual.  Luke 17: 28-30 says this: “And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building— until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”  This Scripture passage makes clear that life will be going on as usual when Jesus returns for His Church. People will be going about their daily business, earning degrees, getting married, having children, building homes, working their jobs, investing in their financial future, etc. There is also the implication in this verse that the economy will be booming just before the Rapture (Verse 28: “buying and selling”). 

SIGN #3: Mockers and Scoffers.  Have you noticed that when there is any mention of the Rapture, most people mock and scoff at the mention? As the Apostle Peter prophesied would happen in the last days (2 Peter 3: 3), people are saying, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”  Scorn is being hurled against those of us who proclaim that Jesus is coming back soon.

SIGN #4: Increase in Lawlessness. It goes without saying that our world has gotten out of hand. Rebellion runs rampant. Violence is increasing. Rudeness is everywhere. Respect for the rule of law has been seriously challenged, even by those who are in positions of authority. Interestingly, the Bible tells us that rebellion is as the sin of  witchcraft (1 Samuel 15: 23). Where there is rebellion, there is usually witchcraft. And there is certainly much witchcraft in our land. 

The Bible says this about lawlessness in the end days: “For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.”  After the Rapture of the Church, which is holding back the full unleashing of the spirit of lawlessness, this evil spirit will completely break loose to the point of anarchy, preparing the way for the rise of the AntiChrist. 

SIGN #5: Strong Delusion. Do you wonder, like me, what has happened to logical thinking? As a culture, we have lost our ability to think straight. Common sense is no longer common, and, worse yet, delusional thinking has replaced rational thinking. We live in a world where evil is called good, where lies are called truth, and where insanity is called sanity. 

Why this widespread delusion? The Bible gives us the reason in 2 Thessalonians 2: 10-12: “… because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”  Those who reject the truth of the Gospel condemn themselves to a depraved mind, a mind characterized by delusional thinking. A mind that cannot think straight. Worst of all, they condemn themselves to an eternity without God.

Next week, Lord willing, I will discuss five more critical signs of the end times. You don’t want to miss them! 

Meanwhile, I encourage you to visit Jan Markell’s website at http://www.olivetreeviews.org for more details on the above information. I also encourage you to watch the message below that she presented to the congregation of Calvary Chapel, Kaneohe, Hawaii. Credit is given to Ms. Markell for the 15 signs discussed in this blog post.

Jan Markell: Are We the Terminal Generation? 15 Signs of His Imminent Return


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