THOSE LEFT BEHIND
By: Gary L. Rodgers
The thought of you reading this message tears at my heart when I think of the time frame in which you may possibly be reading it. If you are reading this after the Rapture of the church has taken place, then I know what you are about to face in these last days, and the loneliness that you will experience. Because of that I decided to put together this message to hopefully help you find your way through these dark hours. I have asked many people to please store this message in their Bibles so that you and others like you would find it. I’m convinced that when the Rapture of the church occurs that multitudes of people are going to fill up church buildings everywhere with scores of people asking a lot of questions. And I am also certain that the one thing that people will seek after is a Bible, so that they can search for answers on their own with regard to what will happen next during this Tribulation period. I may not know who you are and I can only hope that you will listen to me and follow through with the right decision for yourself during this situation that you are faced with. I’m sure that you are probably scared and confused and wanting to know what happened. Hopefully I can help you somewhat with your questions.
The Bible was given to us by God so that we could see ourselves for who we truly are. We are all hopelessly lost sinners needing a Savior to pull us from the road that leads to destruction. (Matthew 7:13) It was also given to us so that we would know what steps that we needed to take for salvation in order to be saved from the terrible fiery pit of Hell. For me it was a matter of acknowledging that I was a sinner, confessing my sins to The Lord and asking Him to forgive me, at which time I put my complete trust in Him to get me to Heaven. Not church membership or baptism, but Christ alone. If these other things would have been necessary for salvation, then what would have been the point of Christ going to the cross? We could have simply participated in some religious act or obeyed the laws of Moses and that would have been all that was needed. (Galatians 2:16 & 21) It is impossible for man to keep all of the laws of Moses. Adam and Eve had but one law to keep and that was to stay away from the tree of the knowledge of Good and evil. (Genesis 2:17) And they failed at keeping just one. The thief on the cross did not come down and participate in any pious acts, so how was Christ able to tell him “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43) It was his faith in Christ that saved him and nothing more, and nothing less. All through the Bible I found that the door to Heaven is unlocked by the key of faith (that unwavering confident trust that goes beyond all logic and reasoning) in the Messiah.
Christ died on the cross for each of us; shed His blood as the total and complete payment for our sins; (Hebrews 9:22) He was buried in a tomb and on the third day He rose from the dead, alive forevermore and currently seated at the right hand of the Heavenly Father.
Everyone will stand before a Holy God someday and give an account for themselves. (Romans 14:12) Getting saved did not make me perfect; it meant that I have been rescued by God from a path that I was on which was leading me to face an eternity in Hell. Christ provided a way for me to be able to stand free of guilt in the presence of a Holy God by washing away all of my sin with His own blood. (1st John 1:7-9, Revelation 1:5)
Satan will stand as my accuser, but Christ will defeat his accusations in my defense in that Heavenly Court because I have been redeemed by His (Christ’s) blood, the blood of the Lamb. (1Timothy 2:5, John 1:29)
EVERYONE FAILS GOD IN SOME WAY
We all fail God before and after we get saved. Peter did it, he denied Christ three times. King David did it, he committed adultery and murder. The Apostle Paul acknowledged that he was always struggling with sin, and at times he would fall to sins temptation. The point is that we all fail God in our lives; why? Because we have this sinful flesh that will always war against our spiritual body. (Romans 7:17 – 25)
The difference is that if we have put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ then our sins will be forgiven and God will not remember our sins any more, whereas before salvation our sin stood between us and God. (Psalms 103:12, Isaiah 43:25) God told Adam that if he took of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that he would surely die (Genesis 2:17). Because Adam disobeyed God all of humanity was plunged into sin and the penalty of death passed upon each of us. (Romans 5:12) “For the wages of sin is death” says Romans 6:23. For all of mankind there is a payday someday unless we accept the payment that Christ made for each of us. And because I accepted what He did for me I could rest assured that Heaven would be my home. (Romans 10:9&10, John 10:27-30, John 14:1-3)
THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH
For those left behind after the rapture of the church there is hope but it will be very costly.
To continue for you; I’m sure that you are wondering what was the meaning behind the disappearance of so many; and what can I expect to see happen next? All the people who suddenly disappeared, the graves that opened up and are now empty; what happened, and where did they go? The truth is that every believer that trusted Christ for their salvation; their total being was taken out of this world by God in what we Christians called the Rapture. (1st Corinthians 15:51-55) The word Rapture is not found in scripture, it is a Christian term meaning a snatching away. God took us out so that we would not face the fury of His wrath. (1st Thessalonians 5:9) And we are currently with Him during this seven-year period that you are now faced with called the Great Tribulation, the time of Jacob’s trouble. (Daniel 12:1-13, Matthew 24:1-51, Jeremiah 30:7)
PREPARATION FOR THE DAYS TO COME
I know that you are going to hear all sorts of explanations as to who we were and where we went. And I’m certain that with all of this so-called UFO activity (which I believe to be demonic influence) that the False Prophet will try to link us with that. And with his deceiving tongue (Matthew 24:21-26) some of his explanations are going to be very convincing, but you must by all means reject all of these lies and stick with the truth of God’s Word. You should be searching the scriptures and reading the book of Revelation and the book of Daniel to get a better understanding of these events and to prepare for the days to come. There will be seven years from the date that the Rapture took place until Christ returns to destroy the Antichrist and the False Prophet and all those that follow them. During this first three and one half years the False Prophet will be busy at explaining away the rapture and setting the stage for the Antichrist to set himself up in the Jerusalem Temple as the Messiah. (2 Thessalonians 2:3&4) You will be given peace during this time frame and it will seem as though everything is getting better. But I warn you that this is a temporal peace that will last for a short time.
THE SECOND THREE AND ONE-HALF YEARS OF THE GREAT TRIBULATION
In the second three and one half years of the seven-year Tribulation period it will get worse, much worse. I know that this will be a terrifying time for all of you that will be facing those days but I feel compelled to continually urge you to not be drawn into the lies of the False Prophet and the Antichrist. You need to put aside all of the false explanations that you will be hearing and to simply know that this was God’s doing. You need to hold to The Lord Jesus Christ as your final hope in these last days. The False Prophet will try to convince everyone that they need to take the Mark of the Beast (The Beast is a man who was given the number 666. Six is the representative number for man, 666 represents a super human being with great power. The number 7 is God’s number for perfection and man (6) never gets any closer than this (666) to becoming equal to God). You will be asked to take the mark either in your forehead or on your hand. Charge cards will become a thing of the past, and I suppose that with all of the identity thefts that have happened over the years that The False Prophet will convince many into believing that this is the only way to safeguard against that. People have gotten so use to not paying with cash that this will seem much easier and better. But I warn you that there is a dark sinister meaning behind this mark that is not visible to the naked eye. God totally forbids that anyone should take this mark, for if you do you will be seen as an enemy of God and have absolutely no hope of ever getting to Heaven. (Revelation 14:9-11)
THE LAKE OF FIRE IS A PLACE RESERVED FOR SATAN AND HIS ANGELS AND ALL THOSE THAT REJECT CHRIST
If you accept this mark then you may as well stop reading right here and now and go on with the few years that you have left in this life and prepare yourself for an awful eternity in the lake of fire where it will be thousands upon thousands of times much worse than anything that you could possibly imagine or suffer during this seven-year Tribulation period. You weigh out the difference in the balance. Seven years of suffering and hardship or a never-ending eternity in the depths of hell. Not only will the lost suffer the eternal fires of hell, they will never have so much as a drop of water to put on their dry tongues, they will never have any food to eat, they will never have any sleep or comfort. They will never see nor hear anyone else. They will forever be alone and forgotten by everyone that once knew them.
During the Tribulation period it will seem like Hell on earth. Without the mark of the beast you will not be able to buy nor sell anything. You will be hunted like an animal and taken prisoner as an enemy of the people. You will be killed for not taking the mark and for standing firm with your belief in God. You must hold fast your position until the end. (Matthew 24:13, Revelation 14:12 & 13) If you accept the mark you will never see Heaven and any present suffering that you have put yourself through will have been in vain. What are a few days, a few months or a year or two of these hardships when the end result would be an eternity for you in Heaven? You cannot be rescued from this seven year tribulation period in the same way that I had. The Rapture is now past. Somewhere in your life you have heard or read the gospel message about accepting Christ as your personal Lord and Savior and rejected it. And because you have done this of your own free will you are now faced with this horrible brief period in history. It will be the worst of times far beyond anything that we have ever imagined, and thank God it will not go beyond the seven years. I urge you to please put your faith and Trust in Jesus Christ at all cost and never waver from it. Everyone will suffer in some way during this Tribulation period. God will pour out His anger upon the world and all will suffer to some degree. But again no matter how horrible or painful it becomes it does not go on forever. If you give in to the False Prophet and Antichrist you will have absolutely no hope. Everyone will live through eternity somewhere; you are the one to decide where.
THE LIES OF SATAN THROUGH THE FALSE PROPHET AND THE ANTICHRIST
The False Prophet and Antichrist will convince multitudes to accept them as their only hope for the future. Remember; they will give the world a peace that will last only 3 ½ years. They will persuade people into believing that it will last forever, but it’s a lie; it will not last. Their hidden objective is to destroy the Jews and anyone who believes and puts their trust in Christ. They will cause children to turn in their parents as enemies of the people. Husbands and wives will turn on one another. Boyfriends, girlfriends, fiancés and neighbors; many of them will turn against one another and follow after the Beast. So who do you trust? Can you survive alone?
No matter what happens, you must hold firm to your faith in the word of God and in the Son of God. During this time frame you will not be able to get saved in the same way as I had done, you will be required to forfeit your life in order to gain entry into the Kingdom of God. Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
So please I beg you again, suffer through with whatever it takes and God will rescue and avenge your soul. You need to prepare for this period in your life. So go and do whatever you can to help yourself. I wish that there was more that I could do for you. I can only give you a warning; you will need to do the rest. I pray that if you are left behind after the Rapture of the Church that you will become one of those as mentioned in Revelation 6:9–11 and Revelation 7: 9-17 It will be very frightening, it will be the most difficult time that you have ever faced in your life, it will be painful, but in the end it will be worth it. Think about it, a couple of years of suffering, or an eternity filled with it. Remember that the choice is yours, and like it or not you will choose one of the two.
I will be watching and hoping with my whole heart that I will see you walking through the gates to the City of our God.
BEFORE THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH
Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
For those that are here before the Rapture of the Church occurs why not take advantage of the gift that God is offering to you? Bow your head in prayer and confess to Christ that you are a lost sinner in need of a Savior. Believe that Christ has died in your place and took all of your sin upon Him and paid the full penalty in your stead. Accept that Christ went to Calvary for you, died on the cross and was buried in a tomb and that on the third day He rose from the grave as a Living Savior and is now seated in Heaven at the right hand of God the Father. Ask Christ to come into your heart and be your personal Lord and Savior and to wash you with His shed blood so that all of your past, present and future sins may be washed away forever. Amen!
If you have done this then you are now a child of God and have the right to call Him Abba, Father. Romans 8:14-17
Pray for the lost to be saved; ask God to fill you with His Spirit so that you have the power needed to win lost souls to Him. Go to the lost and present the gospel of Christ to them and lead them in prayer to the saving of their souls. Everyone must personally come to Christ seeking His forgiveness. We cannot do it for them. It is a personal thing that they must do for themselves. But you can help them with their prayer and God will bless you for it. If you don’t know how to witness to someone then feel free to share this message with them.
By all means pass this on to others to place in their Bibles to help someone who will face the Tribulation period. Time is of the essence; Christ stands at the very threshold of coming for His children.
Every one of us that are saved as a born again believer in Christ will come to realize that this present world is as close to hell as we will ever get. If we are lost in our sins on that final day than this present world is as close as we will ever get to Heaven.
THE QUESTION OF THE DAY
How old does a person need to be to die? How old will you be when you die? Is it possible that it could happen at any time; even today? If you were to die today, do you know for sure that you would go to heaven? Read the following references regarding this all important question. (1st John 5:13, John 3:14-18, John 10:27-30)
May the Holy Spirit protect this moment from any influence by Satan that would prevent you from opening up your heart to receive Christ as your Lord and Savior. Through the power of his name and the cleansing of his blood we ask it. Amen!
If you made a decision to pray and ask Christ to forgive you, and to wash away all of your sin with His blood, and to come into your heart to be your Savior, then we praise God for you.
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of your decision. Record this information in your Bible as a record of that decision. It is part of your testimony.
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Thank you, and may the Lord richly bless you!