THE End of the world will be preceded by the Rapture, according to scripture in the Holy Bible – but when is the Rapture supposed to happen?
The end of the world will be marked by cataclysmic events such as war and natural disasters, according to beliefs held by many Christians. Before the Second Coming of Jesus Christians, many also believe the Antichrist will arise to deceive the world during a period known as the Tribulation.
But before this happens, a biblical scholar known as The Bible Memory Man, told Express.co.uk the Rapture will happen first.
Professor Tom Meyer, who memorised more than 20 books from the Bible, said: “The Rapture, which is the first event that kicks-off the beginning of the end, has no signs that precede it.
“It is imminent and can happen at any second.
“It is true that Christ gave a chronological order of end times events, or signs of the times, for the seven-year tribulation, also called the 70th week of Daniel, but these events do not begin until sometime after the Rapture of Christians.”
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Professor Meyer is a college teacher and author who can recite significant portions of the Bible from memory.
During the Rapture, he said Jesus Christ will supposedly appear in the skies but he will not yet descend to the Earth.
Professor Meyer then said Christ will take all of the dead Christians with him to heaven.
Living Christians will then be snatched or carried to the heavens in the blink of an eye.
However, the Bible does not specify when this event will occur.
Neither does the Bible specify how much time will pass between the Rapture and the Tribulation.
Some Christians have suggested the ongoing coronavirus crisis is a sign of biblical prophecy already unfolding.
It is imminent and can happen at any second
Professor Meyer said: “The Rapture comes without warning, so you won’t see it coming.
“What is happening in the world now isn’t new; it has happened before
“And that which will happen in the future – other wars, plagues, famines, earthquakes, etc. – has already happened in the past.
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“Those who are wise recognize that these terrifying events, like the Coronavirus, only last a ‘season’ or remain for a time.
“Global pandemics, like we are all currently suffering through together, are a wake-up call to the world to get right with God now through Jesus, the Jewish Messiah before it is too late.”
So what exactly does the Bible have to say about the Rapture?
Paul’s first epistle to the Thessalonians reads: “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God.
“And the dead in Christ will rise first; then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord.”
Another passage is found in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.
The passage reads: “We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed — in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
“For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”