In July 2018, Israel had several small earthquakes that raised an alarm for a possible “big one” and brought to question the preparedness of Israel for this event. 2 articles made an estimate as to the damage and loss that may come from a large earthquake at 7,000 people killed, mirroring Revelation 11:13 of a great earthquake that will kill 7,000 people in Israel.
Most people have heard of the word "rapture" and have a general understanding that it's a belief Christians hold, being at one point in time, all Christians will be taken off the face of the earth before the "end of the world". To the skeptic, this is one of many "fairy tales" the bible contains, but to the Christian, it's our "blessed hope". However, is the rapture this simple as there are 4 varying views on its timing. Which one is right and what are some key ideas in the bible that references this hope?
Christians believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and that the prophecies written in it are also from a divine source - God. However, many people only see the Bible as a historical text with no modern day value. My goal is to see what its author is claiming or trying to express to us - the readers - in light of the historical context and extra-biblical sources.