Left Behind After the Rapture: When Will the Antichrist Rise to Power?

Now we’re going to look at possible, fictional, scenarios the days, weeks, months and years after the Rapture. This is so you get an idea of what life on earth will be like after the born-again, true Christian believers are called to Heaven by Jesus. It won’t be pretty. We’ll follow the characters we met in the previous posts. In case you missed them, here they are….

Remember, no one knows the day or the hour of the Rapture. Only God the Father knows.

Phoenix, AZ, One Week After the Rapture

Pastor Wayne and the majority of the members of his former church, Beatitudes, after being baptized, quickly realized that they needed to get organized. He first met with the leadership of his church and they all volunteered to assemble various groups of people based on their skills, talents, abilities, experience, education and assets. Their headquarters was the larger campus of First Christian Church (FCC). They discovered that what they called the “Ironwood House”, their former parsonage, has a windowless basement. That would prove extremely handy.

The members were assigned tasks like corralling all the abandoned vehicles and bringing them to the parking lot at Bethany Bible Church, just south of FCC. Their membership was also raptured. The Rapture, having happened on a Sunday morning, left all the doors to the churches unlocked. They started stockpiling supplies there. Some went door-to-door in the neighborhoods determining which houses belonged to people who were gone. In many larger cities all over the world, looting of homes and stores owned by those who were taken, ran rampant. Here in Phoenix, not so much. At least not in this area. The new governor of Arizona, the former Secretary of State, ordered the Arizona National Guard to patrol the major cities. It was not quite martial law yet, but it sure looked like it.

They realized, too, that access to technology: the Internet, electricity, cell towers, even satellites was a critical necessity. As it turned out, Michael and his Uncle Craig, the former Coexist believers, were computer programmers who were able to work with whatever people brought in.

Craig and Miriam, who had been co-habitating, were convicted by the Holy Spirit and they asked Pastor Wayne to marry them. Miriam turned out to be an excellent organizer and coach, so she was put in charge of registering everyone and assigning tasks.

Pastor Wayne was studying the Book of Revelation in his old office at Beatitudes preparing for the evening message. The Sunday morning services at 7, 9:30 and 11 am were all packed with people eager to learn what was ahead of them. There was a knock on the door and Father Paul walked in. He had thrown away his clerical collar and was wearing civilian clothes.

“Hello, I’m Father Paul. I used to be a priest at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church.”

“Come in!” Pastor Wayne stood up and cleared off a chair for him. “Please sit. A pleasure to meet you, even under these circumstances.”

“Same here. Pastor Wayne…”

“Please, just ‘Wayne’.”

“Wayne, and I’m Paul. I feel like a kid who’s just started in seminary, but have had to do a crash course in Biblical Eschatology. The Catholic seminary didn’t prepare me for this!”

“Neither did my liberal seminary. What can I do for you, Paul?”

“Wayne, it’s obvious that we’re now the Tribulation Saints. Unfortunately, my former boss, Father George, who’s much older than I am, is set in the old false ways of the Catholic Church. There’s a remnant of our parishioners who have accepted Jesus as their savior and they’ve departed from the Catholic Church. I want to know if we can join you.” Paul asked.

“Absolutely! Our new congregation is growing by the hour. We’ve moved into First Christian (FCC) and Bethany Bible churches and we’re next looking at North Phoenix Baptist. This is my personal, private office, but we’re headquartered at FCC, which has a bigger campus. We’ve adopted the name “Tribulation Force” from the Left Behind series of books and movies.

“Right now we’re in hunter-gathering mode, stockpiling what we can find. Please, tell your flock to come tonight to our meeting at FCC at 7 pm. We’ll get them registered and put them to work!”

Paul stood up, “Thank you Wayne! I will see you there!”

That Night

The sanctuary at FCC was packed well past its capacity of 560 people. After a worship song, Wayne stepped up to the podium.

“Friends, thank you for coming tonight. As you can imagine, things are changing and moving quickly. For those of you who lost access to the Internet, we’re setting up satellite connections with free WiFi down the street at Bethany Bible. We’ll also be serving breakfast and dinner in both fellowship halls for those who can’t cook at home. We are taking inventory of the houses of those that were taken, and if you can no longer stay where you’re currently living please let us know and we can find you new accommodations.

“People, this is a new world that we’re living in. It’s only been a week since the Rapture and so far there’s been an earthquake and tsunami that wiped out most of the west coast. There’s been increased volcanic and seismic activity all over the world.

“I just heard that Iran attacked several sites in Israel, but instead of destroying Israeli assets, they destroyed Muslim temples. The Dome of the Rock is gone. That frees the land for the building of the third and last temple. Needless to say, the Israeli Jews are ecstatic.

“From what I understand, our new President Kamala Harris, will be traveling to meet with the EU. That’s what we have to watch. From somewhere in Europe, the Antichrist will rise. Though we still have world leaders, their power will soon diminish and the Antichrist will be revealed. The prophet Daniel wrote about him…

‘At the end of their rule, when their sin is at its height, a fierce king, a master of intrigue, will rise to power. He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause a shocking amount of destruction and succeed in everything he does. He will destroy powerful leaders and devastate the holy people. He will be a master of deception and will become arrogant; he will destroy many without warning. He will even take on the Prince of princes in battle, but he will be broken, though not by human power.’

‭‭Daniel‬ ‭8:23-25‬ ‭NLT

“I’ve been studying the end time events carefully. God showed the Apostle John exactly what would happen. He did this to warn us — prepare us. I believe the next things we will see are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. John wrote…

‘As I watched, the Lamb broke the first of the seven seals on the scroll. Then I heard one of the four living beings say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked up and saw a white horse standing there. Its rider carried a bow, and a crown was placed on his head. He rode out to win many battles and gain the victory.’

Revelation 6:1-2 NLT

“This is the Antichrist. He’ll first come as a great man of peace, but his peace will be gained by conquest. Continuing…

‘When the Lamb broke the second seal, I heard the second living being say, “Come!” Then another horse appeared, a red one. Its rider was given a mighty sword and the authority to take peace from the earth. And there was war and slaughter everywhere.’

Revelation 6:3-4 NLT

“This is pretty self-explanatory. There will be more war.

‘When the Lamb broke the third seal, I heard the third living being say, “Come!” I looked up and saw a black horse, and its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice from among the four living beings say, “A loaf of wheat bread or three loaves of barley will cost a day’s pay. And don’t waste the olive oil and wine.”’

Revelation 6:5-6 NLT

“This, my friends, is hyper-inflation and we started seeing this in our country right after the pandemic and the election. The country prints more money to pay off its debts and send out “stimulus checks”, only to lessen the value of the dollar so it’s not worth anything. You can’t buy what you need with the money you’ve got. A loaf of bread will cost a day’s pay. Be prepared to have to go into a barter system. That’s why we’re stockpiling as much as we can find. And then the fourth seal…

‘When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the fourth living being say, “Come!” I looked up and saw a horse whose color was pale green. Its rider was named Death, and his companion was the Grave (Hades). These two were given authority over one-fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword and famine and disease and wild animals.'”

Revelation 6:7-8 NLT

Wayne sighed deeply. “People, if we are to survive this to be around for the Glorious Appearing of Jesus Christ, then we have a lot of work to do. Everyone will be expected to do their part. Whatever talents, skills, education, experience, and assets you can contribute will be greatly appreciated. Paul, please come up.”

Paul walked up next to Wayne. “This is Paul, he’s a former Catholic priest, now born again. He’s going to help me pastor our flock here and we may spread down to Bethany Bible and the Baptist churches as we grow.”

Paul turned to Wayne, “Thank you Wayne for your trust in me. However, I need to be baptized as do, I’m sure, many here.”

Wayne smiled, “Well, we can take care of that right now!”

The congregation applauded and watched as Wayne led Paul to the back of the stage. A line of people formed on both sides, women on one side and men on the other. One by one, former Catholics and Progressives were baptized into the new fellowship of the Holy Spirit. (The old fellowship was in Heaven with Jesus.)

Where Do YOU Stand?

Do you stand with the diehard, indoctrinated, brainwashed Catholics and Progressives? Or do you stand with Jesus?

It’s YOUR Choice!

If you’re not sure if you’re saved or not, if you truly want to be born again and have the assurance of salvation, receive the Holy Spirit, feel His Shalom — a peace that surpasses all understanding, and get a 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven after you die, or that you won’t be left behind at the Rapture, which can happen at any moment, this is what you have to do…

Invite Jesus into Your Heart and Receive the Gift of Grace, Joy, Peace, and the Confident Hope of Eternal Life…

The World After the Rapture — Seek The Truth!

Soli Deo Gloria! To God Alone Be the Glory!