Here we are at the end of September and none of the global economic or natural disasters that were supposed to happen have happened (see The Bright Morning Star). Pastor Fabio asked me, “So what does this mean, since nothing has happened?”
I was meditating in prayer on exactly this question, and what I felt in my spirit is that God, in His immense mercy is giving people every chance to repent. The longer He delays these things, the more people that might be saved. And He will delay until the very last person who will be saved is saved. Then we will be Raptured out of here and His righteous wrath will come. There will still be some Christians left on the earth—those who weren’t watching for the Rapture—and they will become the super-evangelists of the Tribulation (see Tribulation Saints and the Harvest Cycle Illustration). They will have some success in winning souls, only God knows how many.
Another idea that occurred to me is that if we have been aware of these warnings of judgment, someone else has, too. (I’ve been calling him “the enemy,” but inspired by Sissy, I’ve started calling him, “the defeated.” I like that name for him. It reminds us of how the story ends, no matter how bad things look now. It also reminds him of his future.) So, the defeated has been aware of these things approaching, too. But God will still catch him off-guard when He Raptures us away. This is exactly what Jesus was alluding to when He said, “If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into,” (Matthew 24:43—which is all part of the End Times discourse). (See also Luke 12:39.) So delay is also part of God’s strategy to catch the defeated unawares. But He warns us again and again to watch and be ready.
So, as one friend commented, “I guess we dodged a bullet.” Yes, for now. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not coming. All it means is that God is merciful and there are still souls to win. So let’s get out there and share God’s love with all those who will listen. God is good!