When it comes to the subject of the rapture, most people are only concerned with the question of whether it will happen before, during, or after the tribulation. There are, however, much more important issues concerning it that need to be addressed - issues with eternal consequences for our lives. There are aspects of the rapture that popular teaching on the subject usually ignores, so many Christians have not been prepared to deal with much of what scripture says concerning it.
Because many believers have not been taught the whole truth about these things, they may soon find that they have been OVERTAKEN UNAWARES by events that are on the horizon right now! There is no need to go blindly into the future when the truth is there for anyone who will carefully consider it to see. There is much reason to be hopeful if you are properly prepared for what is coming, so it is my prayer that you will read this book, take to heart what God's word says about these things, and share it with anyone who will listen so you, and they, will not be...
I’ve always been intensely curious about how the world around me works. From asking my Dad as a young child how gasoline made the car go to learning how a turbo-fan engine generates thrust in Air Force Aircraft Maintenance School, I have been passionate about understanding the principles behind how things work. As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and a student of God's word, this life-long quest has led to the discovery of underlying truths that go beyond the standard arguments of some of the competing points of view that divide Christians. This is especially true concerning the subject of the return of Christ and related issues like the rapture, the Antichrist, and the Book of Revelation. Much of what I have discovered is not well known however, leaving many people unprepared for events that are about to hit the world like a run-away freight train. My desire to address this urgent need is what motivated me to write OVERTAKEN UNAWARES.
People have a lot of ideas about who the Antichrist is. The usual suspects include the Pope, the leader of the European Union, and even Barack Obama. There is compelling evidence, however, that he is actually someone you may not have even heard of.
The majority of the people and institutions working behind the scenes to establish the world government that will be ruled by the Beast of Revelation chapter 13 are associated in some way with organizations that promote the philosophies of the New Age Movement. Begun in the 1800s, it predicts the rise of a "World Teacher" who will lead us into a "new age" of justice and peace. This person is supposedly "the Christ" looked for by many world religions including the Messiah of Judaism, the Imam Mahdi of Islam, and the Christ of Christianity. They claim that he is at work in the world today and goes by the name Maitreya. In OVERTAKEN UNAWARES you will see evidence that what sets Maitreya apart from other antichrist "wannabes" is the fact that many international leaders already believe he represents the return of Christ and there is involvement in his cause of organizations working towards world government including the United Nations under whose auspices his monthly magazine is published.
Jesus told us that He would return twice. After describing world-wide cataclysms that will be so severe that unless the days are shortened no flesh will survive (Matthew 24:22) He said He would return after the tribulation of those days (Matthew 24:29) in power and great glory, and everyone would see Him (Luke 21:27), but also that He would come when it was unexpected during a time of normalcy (Matthew 24:37-44). The Apostle Paul told the Thessalonians that this “day of the Lord” will come “as a thief in the night” at a time of peace and safety (1st Thessalonians 5:2&3). He told us to not be asleep so it can’t “overtake” us like a thief (1st Thessalonians 5:4&6), and Jesus said to not let it “come upon you unawares” (Luke 21:34). This event is what we refer to as “the rapture.”