The Rapture Survival Guide (TRSG) – Part 9 – Deception

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Deception
There will be a lot of theories and deception after the rapture occurs, as is stated in 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12. If you’re reading this and millions of people have just vanished then take heed of what the Bible says and keep reading God’s word. Throughout the bible Jesus warns not to be deceived by anyone, but test what you’re told to see if it’s of the (holy) spirit or not.

I’m writing this section in 2018 and I know the rapture will happen at some point in the future. I can’t tell the future, I just put my faith in the word of God. Satan is the price of the power of the air and if one thing is evil today – it’s the broadcasts that are making their way into our homes which can only be described as the mouthpiece of the devil, so stay vigilant and away from these forms of technology which can flood your home with lies.

2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

To emphasize how important it is not to be deceived, here is a list of everywhere the bible mentions not to be deceived in relation to the end times:

Matthew 24:4
And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.

Matthew 24:5
For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.

Matthew 24:11
Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.

Matthew 24:24
For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

Mark 13:5
And Jesus, answering them, began to say: “Take heed that no one deceives you.

Mark 13:6
For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many.

Mark 13:22
For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

Luke 21:8
And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them.

2 Thessalonians 2:3
Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

2 Timothy 3:13
But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Romans 16:18
For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.

1 John 1:8
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1 John 2:18-19
Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.

2 John 1:7
For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

1 Corinthians 3:18-19
18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”;

1 Corinthians 6:9
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

2 Timothy 3:13
But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”

1 John 3:7-9
7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

Jeremiah 9:4-5
4 “Everyone take heed to his neighbor, And do not trust any brother; For every brother will utterly supplant, And every neighbor will walk with slanderers. 5 Everyone will deceive his neighbor, And will not speak the truth; They have taught their tongue to speak lies; They weary themselves to commit iniquity.

Colossians 2:4-5
4 Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. 5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.

The media currently lies to us and twists the truth to suit them every day as it is, so why believe the story they, the government, or satan concocts? There will be endless conspiracy theories but you should read the bible and pray daily to stay grounded. As I said above, I believe the deception to cover up the rapture will be aliens, but don’t rule out other possibilities. God’s living word was written over 2,000 years ago with the exact details about how these end times would be fulfilled, and judging by the way the planet is headed, it’s been 100% accurate so far and will continue to be.

Any people that become Christians after the rapture are going to face extreme hardship and have their faith tested daily. They will most likely be executed for their faith or refusal to get the mark of the beast on their hand or forehead, but their soul will be preserved in Christ and they’ll will dwell with Him forever. Every soul lives forever, it’s just a matter of where you will spend it – With Jesus in heaven, or with the devil in hell.

Seek the truth in the bible and come to an understanding of what has occurred for yourself and not based on what anyone else has told you. Search for the truth in the Bible, primarily in the book of Revelation. Satan will also likely try to validate the lies that it’s aliens, by ordering demons to show up in cities pretending to be extraterrestrials on national television. If you think logically about the rapture and disappearance of Christians from the planet and that this once “unthinkable” event actually happened, what would you say the chance of the rest of the bible being true is?

It’s important to realize yourself that the bible is truth and that it originates from a God outside of space and time. Without your own understanding of this you are likely to fall away from it. If you’re interested in evidence on why God has to be real, take a look at the “Christianity > Evidence for God” section.

Be sure not to fall into the trap of becoming a member of the “One World Religion”. For many reasons this is likely to be a form of Catholicism and this is not how God wants a relationship with you. You need to be a born-again Christian with a life dedicated to Him and a belief that Jesus came as the messiah to die for your sins on the cross, being raised to life on the third day. You don’t need a priest to be able to talk to Him any time, as you have an open connection 24/7.

Even though in the last days there will be a false prophet who performs wondrous signs, do not be deceived as he will lead you down the path of death and away from Jesus Christ. However there will also be two witnesses sent by God who will preach His word during the first half of the tribulation and will also be able to cast plagues on the earth as often as they like. The antichrist will have them killed at the midpoint of the tribulation, but more on that in the timeline below.

There will be many who claim to be the Messiah and to have all the answers for a troubled world. In Matthew 24, Jesus gave a warning specifically for our generation. In this passage Jesus, speaking to us, warns us that false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. These false prophets are not working with sleight of hand illusions but actual demonic powers. You must be on guard and ask yourself who these sinister false prophets and messiahs are, and where they are trying to lead you. The Bible warns us that these are no ordinary men. In the end times, people will be crying desperately for leaders to deliver them from the turmoil, and they will seek mystics and religious leaders who claim to have deeper knowledge about the events that have transpired, so do not be deceived.

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Prominent Figures in Revelation

The Antichrist (Early Tribulation)
(AKA: The Dragon, The Beast from the Sea, The Little Horn, Idol Shepherd)
● A “friend” to Israel
● A military/political leader of a powerful nation
● Makes a 7 year peace agreement with Israel
● Deadly head/eye and right arm wounds which have been healed
● Blasphemes against God
● He will persecute saints
● His identity is concealed until after the rapture
● Incarnated by Satan at the midpoint (The Abomination of Desolation, continued below)

The Antichrist (Mid-End Tribulation)
● Enters the Jewish Temple and proclaims himself God
● He sets an image of himself in the Temple
● He persecutes “the woman” (Israel)
● He unites the nations of the world
● He imposes a One World Religion
● Causes people to receive the mark on their forehead or hand
● No buying or selling without his mark
● The ciphered number 666 will be linked to him
● (Allegorical) Fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads (Revelation 12)
● He is defeated by Christ at His return!

The False Prophet
(AKA: The Beast from the Earth)
● Performs signs and wonders to deceive
● Causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the beast
● Can rain fire down on the earth
● Tells people to make an image to the beast
● Power to give life unto the image of the beast
● Causes everyone to receive a mark in their right hand, or on/in their foreheads

The Two Witnesses
● The two witnesses from God will preach for 3.5 years (42 months) in the first half of the tribulation
● They will have power from God to prevent rain from falling, the ability to turn waters to blood and power to strike the earth with plagues as often as they like
● Anyone who tries to harm them will be killed by fire proceeding from their mouth
● They will be killed by the antichrist prior to the Abomination of Desolation
● They will be clothed in ‘sackcloth’ or an equivalent in today’s age
● The witnesses are likely to be Elijah and Moses

The Woman (From Revelation 12)
● The woman represents Israel
● Clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars
● She is in labor up until she delivers the Child (below)
● She bears a male Child who is to rule all nations with a rod of iron
● She flees into the wilderness where she has a place prepared by God for 1260 days

The Child (From Revelation 12)
(AKA: The Male Child)
● The Child is Jesus Christ
● He is caught up to God and His throne after birth

The Scarlet Woman (From Revelation 17)
(AKA: The Harlot)
● The scarlet woman represents Babylon the city
● She rides the scarlet beast
● Clothed in purple and scarlet and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls (Revelation 17:4)
● Has her hand in a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication (Revelation 17:4)
● She is drunk on the blood of the saints and the blood of the martyrs of Jesus
● She sits on (controls) many ‘waters’. The waters represent every people, nation and tongue of the world.
● Written on her forehead is: “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”

The Scarlet Beast (From Revelation 17)
● The scarlet woman rides this beast
● The beast is full of names of blasphemy towards God
● It has seven heads (mountains / kingdoms). (Revelation 17:3 & 9)
● It has ten horns. This represents ten kings of the future one world government. (Revelation 17:3) These horns give power and authority to the beast (over the nations of the world)
● The horns will make war with the Lamb and the Lamb will overcome them. (Revelation 17:14)
● The ten horns (the ten kings) will hate the harlot, but will give their kingdom to the beast
● Those on the earth will marvel at the beast (Revelation 17:8)

The 24 Elders (In Heaven)
● They represent the believing Church in heaven, those who were raptured and also raised from the dead
● The church is mentioned in Revelation up to chapter 4, after which the church is represented as the 24 elders
● There are 24 references to the rapture throughout the bible
● They are called ‘kings and priests’ throughout the bible
● They are clothes in white robes and gold crowns (Revelation 4:4)

The 7 Lampstands
● Represent the seven Spirits of God (Revelation 4:5)
● Represent the seven churches (Revelation 1:20)
● The lamps are on earth in Revelation 1-3 and in heaven from then on

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Signs

A major sign of Christ’s return post-rapture is war and dissension among groups of people. The book of Revelation tells us that the Tribulation Period is filled with constant war that will escalate until the entire world is involved. This war will be terrible, ceaseless and unending. The Bible says that as we move toward the end times, there will be many talks of conflicts, border skirmishes, race wars and national battles. World military spending has now reached one trillion dollars. The arms trade is big business and a world war with our current technology and nuclear/hypersonic weapons would be devastating to the entire planet.

As we get closer and closer to the End Times, there will be ever frequent natural disasters, hunger and famine. If you look around the world right now, there are millions of people going hungry, despite God blessing us with a fertile and abundant planet. There will also be major earthquakes which scientists have said are overdue as well as the spread of new diseases. We have noticed an epidemic of new diseases breaking out that we have not been able to control the spread of such as ebola, COVID-19 and new strains of the flu.

Many wonder what the worlds current devastation is telling us. Combined, they should be fairly obvious signs of Christ’s soon return which will be about 7 years after the enforcement of the covenant by the antichrist or 3.5 years after he declares himself as god in the temple. This gives those who are unsaved a second and even third checkpoint, showing there’s not long until His return. I recommend going back to the top of this section and looking at the timeline again if you’re confused about the order of events.

Daniel’s 70th week isn’t actually a week of days as we know it, but a period of 7 years. 69 weeks consisting of 7 years (483 Years Total) have already passed but there’s a gap before the final, disastrous ‘week’. Initially there will be utter chaos after the rapture but there will be somewhat of a recovery afterwards as roads are cleared, wreckages are contained and vacancies are filled. However, strong delusions and lies will be spread by the media about what has happened, and the world will never return to normal. People will be seeking answers and it will be the only thing on people’s minds for a long time.

During this time of clean-up and repair, the world will fall further into disarray and the nations will seek a leader to deliver them from the earth’s continual problems. Global warming and aliens may be two of the most discussed topics after the rapture due to the massive increase and frequency in natural disasters as shown in Revelation. Then upon the scene, the self declared “saviour” of the world will come, making “peace” among nations. He will enforce a new peace treaty (or make an existing treaty even greater) with Israel and allow the third temple to be built. This peace he brings will not be achieved through pen and ink but with the sword, by destroying those nations who do not align with his goals or ‘the good of the planet’.

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The Bema Seat Judgement

Meanwhile, in heaven after the rapture, Christians will come before the Judgment Seat of Christ otherwise known as the “Bema Seat”. The purpose of this seat is to examine a Christians life. The Bible tells us, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10). The term used here refers to a summing up and estimation of the total pattern of a believer’s life. The overall focus of this should keep us from worrying over every small things we’ve ever done, or thoughtless sin we have committed. It’s a time of reward, not punishment.

Though we won’t be condemned for our sins, our present lives do affect what will happen at the Judgment Seat of Christ. It’s important that we pay attention to the Bible’s prophetic passages and study God’s plan for the future. Though we don’t know the date, time or hour of the Rapture, we can be cognizant of all that is going on around us so that we are living the life God intended for us in Christ. When we study and understand the Rapture, we will be better prepared for what is to come. Christians should be on guard, watching and praying until the day of the Lord.

The Bible says in Luke 21:34-36:
“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

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Part 13 – The Tribulation (First Half)
Part 30 – Mid Tribulation
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