It’s time — be saved or be left behind

In Matthew 24:1-3 the Bible says, “While He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached Him privately and said, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what is the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age? Then Jesus replied to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they will deceive many. You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these events are the beginning of birth pains.” Throughout the Bible, God has given His people advanced warning of events so they could prepare for them. He even said “Anyone who has ears to hear should listen!” (Mark 4:9)

If you are a born-again Christian, living for God, then you know that Jesus is coming soon. I know that preachers have been saying this for years and years, but not everything was in place that needed to be in place like it is now. All major players are now on the stage at the same time. All Bible prophecy has now been fulfilled that needs to be fulfilled before an event called the Rapture takes place. Everything is now ready. If you are not familiar with that term, the Apostle Paul makes reference to it in I. Thessalonians 4:13-5:11. (By the way, if your church doesn’t preach/teach about the Rapture, you need to leave it and find a Bible-teaching church that does. There are going to be a vast number of people who are going to be left behind when the Rapture takes place. Do you want to be one of them? I will take that statement one step further … if your religious leader says this is nothing to be concerned about, I would be willingly to meet with them and you and share what the Bible says about the topic. I have studied the Bible for almost 40 years now and I would be more than happy to keep that meeting with your religious leader and you.)

We are seeing the “birth pains” become more frequent and I believe the Christians in the world now understand that Jesus is soon to return. My wife, Beth said, “It’s like waiting on your grandparents to come to your house. You’re excited for them to come and it’s hard to wait!” Listen, numerous Theologians, much more educated than I, are saying that Jesus is soon to return and probably in our lifetime.

That is really exciting for those who are born again. I am looking forward to the day when Jesus comes back for His Church. And with all the events going on in the world today (North Korea, Hurricanes, wildfires, weather patterns, lawlessness, upside-down values, etc.) we are close, very close to hearing the trumpet sound.

Now … if you are not born again, when the Rapture happens, you will be left behind. Not, maybe you will be left behind. Not, you might be left behind. Not, there is a probability that you will be left behind. You will be left behind. Period. No questions asked you will be left behind. The question I have for you today is this. “Do you want to be left behind or do you want to be with those who will leave this earth when Jesus returns?” Personally, I would not want to miss the Rapture for anything this world has to offer. Nothing. To do so will be the most horrible thing that a person could ever experience aside from hell. To realize that countless millions of people have vanished and you have been left behind would be unthinkable in my mind.

Listen … if you want to spend your eternity in hell, you don’t have to worry about the events that are unfolding right before your eyes. You can keep attending the church where nothing is said about being born again or the Rapture and one day, you will see that I was right. But why take that chance?

Why not be open-minded about what I have just shared? Why not get with me and let me sit down with you and share what the Bible says about these things? Bring your own Bible. I will use your Bible to show you these things. Is that fair or not? I believe it is.

That is Something to Think About for this week.

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Pastor Thad Gifford

Contributing Columnist

Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at, or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.