2. The second reason the word harpazo or forcefully snatching away could possibly be used in rapturing the Church away is because of a world war 3 scenario?! Now, this is one no one wants to think about so we bury our heads in the sand or work or whatever and hope it is for another generation! But according to scripture it is a distinct possibility that it could happen in our generation.
Jesus said: You will continually hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end [of the age]. Matthew 24:6. Now, wars and rumours of wars are nothing new; however, when you tie it in with the birth pangs signs of increase and intensity, then I believe we have a very good case for the possible world war 3 scenario! Just do the math and wake up and smell the coffee! Escalating trouble on the border of China and India in the Bhutan region. then there’s the ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan. Russia and China are now doing joint military manoeuvres and war games in the Baltic sea region also, and these 2 big players are joining up with Iran, and we know what Iran’s ultimate agenda is? The elimination of Israel! Hmmmm! Then there’s the continuing unrest in Turkey, Syria, unrest on Israels northern border with Syria and its southern border with Gaza, not to mention the escalating tensions between the Palestinians and surrounding Muslim nations against Israel. Then there’s North and South Korea, North Korea’s sabre rattling against the USA, the ongoing tensions between Iran and the USA and the continuing unrest between Russia and its Baltic region neighbours! Need I go on?
The potential for world war 3 is staggering and only the sovereign hand of God is staying execution. The book of revelation speaks of the four horsemen of the apocalypse of which one [the red horse] is war! Whether the Red horse of war is pre trib or during the tribulation is open for debate and speculation and your end-times view point, however, it could potentially be the commencement of world war 3 that causes Christ to come for His Bride! It’s worth thinking about at least!