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Signs of the times:
Joel 2:31; Acts 2:20 and Rev. 6:12 tell us that one of the signs of the end-times is that the "moon is turned into blood", before the great and terrible Day of the Lord.
This reddening of the moon is most likely caused by many volcanic eruptions filling the upper atmosphere with ash, smoke and lava. Whether this accumulation is over a short period of time, or instantaneously, it is not certain. There is a hallmark earthquake that precedes this major volcanic eruption (s)....Rev. 6:12
What we do know is what Joel's prophecy tells us.... that this phenomenon will occur as the opening scene to the remaining 3 1/2 years of the Great Tribulation.
Timeline for the Rapture:
No one knows for certain when the following events will occur. The only certainty Paul gives us is that 2 events will occur BEFORE the rapture of true Believers.
1. Declaration of a common global belief. It will be so falsely worded as to exclude Bible-believing Christians as outside of this concept.
This will divide Christianity and is part of the APOSTASY....a "falling away" from Biblical Faith in Jesus Christ alone.
2 Thess. 2:3
"Come out of her [apostate belief system] my people" REV. 17:4
2. Demonstration: AntiChrist sitting in the Temple "SHOWING" [demonstrating ] himself as God. 2 Thess. 2:3
So we need a Declaration and a Demonstration before we can go in the rapture.
We will also hear a PROCLAMATION before we go of "Peace and safety" (Security). But suddenly destruction will fall.
Those ignorant of Bible prophecy will be caught off guard and the Day of Christ/Day of the Lord (both on the same day) will come upon them as a thief, for those who are left behind.
The "Day of Christ" is our Rapture (2 Thess. 2 KJV) and the "Day of the Lord" is judgment of those left behind.(2 Thess. 1:7,8.)
But we who are enlightened by the Scriptures, will know when the Day of Christ comes. 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5.
So first there will be a declaration, then a demonstration, and a proclamation before there can be a rapture. (First and Second Thessalonians)
graphic by Bill Lane