Jesus asked the most incredible challenging question to us all - When the Son of Man returns shall I find faith upon the earth? Lots of people talk about their faith. I love Jesus. I am saved by my faith in him. My faith is mighty and I can do all things through him.... If the christian world is so full of faith warriors - then why did Jesus ask a rhetorical question? He already knew the answer to his question. And if christians are claiming such great faith on their own behalf, then why are they all in such a hurry to get beamed up out of harm's way when the great tribulation comes upon the whole earth? That's not faith. That's not overcoming. There is no challenge to living by faith and finishing the race in the rapture fantasy . It is a get out of jail free card. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer I have overcome the world. Being a christian is about overcoming. Surviving all calamities by the power of faith. Today right now christians are being killed for the gospel; being killed for distributing Bibles; being burnt alive and/or stoned to death in Pakistan, under their dreadful blasphemy laws. Where is their rapture? Why should thousands of christians be martyred in upholding their faith, and Western christians, who have let the team down, be safely whisked away? The delusion of rapture before the great tribulation is the stuff of cowards. The scriptures over and over again speak to our suffering and being despised, of being hated for upholding the gospel. In fact to preach the gospel until the end of the world - nothing about a holiday. Remember the parable of the 10 virgins. Five were ready and went into the marriage feast, five were not ready and the door was shut. Their vessels were empty. Empty of faith and commitment. Empty of the power of the Holy Spirit to sustain and overcome all things. Empty of witnessing and evangelizing. If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. Proverbs 24:10 Rev 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. Rev 3:2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Rev 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Rev 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. Rev 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. Rev 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? Rev 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. Faith is proven and developed and tried under fire; not in escape. When the world is on fire, when Armageddon is happening , will you and I have faith? The early first century christians were fed to the lions. They were crucified. Bible translators were burnt at the stake for daring such heresy. Daniel and his fellows were thrown into a fiery furnace. Daniel survived the lion's den. Christians are being savagely persecuted throughout the Middle East. Isaiah was sawn in half. The rapture is a cop out. Read Hebrews chapter 11, on faith heroes. I will share a revelation with you - only our real faith will save us from the plague that will come and from nuclear fallout, and the pandemonium of a lawless fallen world. If we cannot pray in these times for our salvation and protection we will die with the rest of the world. Have we got what it takes to keep the faith until the end? Have we the love of our Lord and Saviour to death? Time is running out for this world quicker than most people think. The wolves are at the door.