James Kelly Johnson

The Departure

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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

Jesus says that in the days of the Son of man (His returning to catch up His followers) it will be like the days of Noah and the days of Lot. Both are examples of the righteous being taken or rescued before God’s wrath came down.

"And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all." Luke 17:26-27

"Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all." Luke 17:28-29

"I tell you, in that night there shall be two people in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two shall be grinding (at the mill); the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left." Luke 17:34-36

Some say that this catching up event is not to occur until after the seven-year tribulation. It is easy to see why this cannot be the case, if you have read the book of Revelation. In this book it details how over half of the earth’s population is killed off by plagues and disasters; cities leveled; the land scorched. This is not an environment where people are going to be eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, and building.

In addition, 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 repented and believed 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 by works. It is given to us freely as a gift through faith in Jesus.

We who are in Christ (like Lot) 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

And similar to the days of Noah and the days of Lot, destruction will not come until the righteous are rescued. Like Noah and his family getting on the Ark or Lot and his family being taken by angles out of the city of Sodom (which was then destroyed immediately thereafter, in the same day).

  1. First, the Lord will come and His church (all born-again believers living and dead) will be caught up to meet Him in the air.
  2. Next, destruction (tribulation) will immediately fall upon the earth (like a trap); just as it happened in the days of Noah and Lot.
  3. Lastly, at the end of the tribulation (God’s wrath on the earth), Jesus comes back to defeat the armies of the antichrist.

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. He will come suddenly, while most everything on earth is "business as usual." So, if you are waiting for things to get apocalyptic (really bad) before you get saved, you will miss the ark (so to speak). Calamity and destruction will come upon the earth immediately AFTER the departure. The same as it was in the days of Noah and Lot. Noah got on the ark, and the flood came right after. Lot was taken out of the city of Sodom, and destruction fell right after. Jesus will take the Church out of the earth, and calamity/tribulation will fall right after. Repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ NOW while you are still able.

God bless you!