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"For the Lord himself shall decend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
Some say that this catching up event is not to occur until after the seven-year tribulation. This is not the case, as how are we to expect God to pour out His wrath (the 7-year tribulation) on the righteous? Because in the days of Lot, God told Abraham that He would spare the city of Sodom if fifty righteous were found within it (Genesis 18:26).
So, if God was willing to spare Sodom from destruction if only fifty righteous were found in it, how much more will He spare the world until the righteous are taken out? You might ask, "Who are the righteous?" Romans 3:10 says, "There is none righteous, no, not one." And Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God."
"But God so loved the world that He gave His only Son (Jesus Christ), that all who believe in Him will not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16
Those who have believed/repented have been gifted the righteousness of God through the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ. These are the righteous. And not one of these have earned it by their works, only through the work of and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. So, there are many righteous in the earth. Our righteousness is not earned or maintained by works. It is given to us freely as a gift through faith in Jesus.
We who are in Christ Jesus, clothed in HIS righteousness, are not appointed to God’s wrath.
"For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him." 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10
"Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation (trial), which shall come upon all the world, to try (test) them that dwell upon the earth." Revelation 3:10
Destruction will not come until the righteous are rescued. Like Lot being taken by angles out of the city of Sodom (which was then destroyed immediately thereafter). After this catching up there will be a great deception, which is already being setup (👽💉🛸), that will falsely explain why millions have suddenly dissapeared.
"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." 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
Jesus is coming soon. Repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ NOW. God bless you!