What Happens If You Missed the Rapture?
The Fact of the Rapture Is Absolute, The Chronology of the Rapture and Beyond is Debated
1 Thessalonians 4:17 undeniably speaks about a time when believers are caught up to meet the Lord in the air.
The English word rapture comes from the Latin translation, rapturo.
The Latin is the basis for other English words also, rapt and raptor and enraptured being the most common. Possibly even words like trap and contraption are related to the Latin rapturo.
Do deny the rapture is simply to deny the very plain testimony of Scripture.
The timing of the rapture has been of great debate. Since I have plenty of sermons and writings about this, we will suffice it to say that this sermon is based on the idea of a pre-tribulational pre-millennial and unannounced rapture.
Though completely important to a full understanding of life after the rapture, I am not going to deal with the chronological events as described in prophecy.
The Post-Rapture Government
In a word: chaos
After the rapture, the social structures of the world will begin to completely break down, causing total chaos in human affairs.
The attack on gender is an attack on God, and on His prescribed order for a fallen world. With the removal of Christians from society, nothing will hold back the rejection of God, and the society will be godless.
When God-given order is rejected, the government of the home, school, community, and nation will become unbelievably more challenging than it has been.
“one-world government," it will be a very difficult coalition to put together and keep together. See Daniel 11:42-44 to see how difficult it will be for the antichrist to hold together the coalition.
The unknown factor: will the chaos and drive toward dictatorship be supernaturally fueled, or is this simply a matter of sowing and reaping? The rejection of God's societal order leads to chaos which leads to governmental turmoil which leads to repeated attempts to govern which leads to dictatorship.
Summary: the government of the post-rapture world will be chaos, and chaos in governance always tends toward dictatorship and the loss of freedoms.
The Post-Rapture Economy
It will be a time of massive inflation and economic uncertainty (see Rev. 6:6).
It will eventually be a time of total economic control (see Rev. 13:16-17).
Summary: *“controllers" will have anything of substance, while millions will literally starve *(see James 5:1-3).
The Post-Rapture Cultural Milieu
Isaiah 5:20 describes the predominant post-rapture culture: an inverted view of good and evil.
In 2 Timothy 3:1-7 the Apostle Paul reveals a description of the culture during the perilous last days. (See supplementary handout).
Consider Matthew 10:21, 24:10, Zechariah 13:3, Luke 21:16-17 for some of the many passages that speak about the inhumanity of humanity in the last days.
Matthew 24:37 brings one intriguing possibility for the wickedness of mankind in the last days. The days of Noah were days of transhumansm (Gen 6:1-4). Watch for movements toward a different style of transhumanism in our world. These philosophies are already at work.
The Post-Rapture Understanding of Truth
2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 teaches about the deception of the last days. It speaks of people who reject the love of the truth.
In addition to their rejection of truth, 2 Thessalonians 2:11 says that God shall send them a strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. That is, there will be a supernatural blindness that is sent upon the world.
Even without God's strong delusion, those who do not have a love of the truth are themselves deluded and living in delusion. This rejection of truth has become almost a persuasive power in our society already. We live in a world in which supposedly serious people think there are multiple genders, that men can be pregnant, that a man can win a competition in a women's sporting event and be called brave, etc.
“I'll just wait to see if it happens" is that you will be too delusional to know it happened. Those who reject truth will remain to be given a strong delusion* *and will have no cognitive ability to change their mind.
Furthermore, our dispensation of the grace of God (Eph. 3:2) is not forever. It began when Paul was given the revelation of the mystery that had been hidden. It will end with the rapture. Do not delay, today is the day of salvation!