2) Large Comet impacting.
3) Man made global warfare.
I don't think all three need to happen, each one individually can suffice to kill off most life on earth.
The last days started in the apostolic age, when they said, "these last days." The last days have been going on for 2,000 years (give or take a few years).
I am in agreement with the Christians who don't believe this "rapture" theory that Christians are going to be snatched out before the persecution and tribulation era. I do believe there is going to be a judgment and separating of Christians, one from the other. Two preachers will be working the gospel field and one will be taken.
I picture being "taken" as mass numbers in a sudden death rather than a snatching away into heaven. After all I Cor. 15: 52 says, "In the twinkling of an eye, AT THE LAST TRUMP..." There a many trumpets being sounded in Revelation. I think right before God calls His people to come out of the harlot is a trump.
The harlot is a wealthy false teaching Christian church. A harlot sells herself in order to live - - and sometimes quite financially well off. The harlot church is here today selling trinkets, crosses, trips, dvds, yard sales, bake sales, cruises, & etc. You name it and they sell it in order to survive, or finance their pet charity. Yet, God says in Revelation about the harlot, "Come out of her MY PEOPLE, lest you be partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not her plagues."
Sounds like Christians, like the blind Laodiocia church, will be very actively committed to the harlot. Undoubtedly, many Christians will stay in her and therefore go through some anguish.
Wouldn't there be mass confusion if many Christians suddenly died and had to be buried in mass graves because of the overwhelming numbers of them, while many more Christians are still alive? Sheep and goats. The sickle reaping the wheat.
Edited by Raptor Witness, 18 June 2013 - 06:20 AM.