History has shown us that interpreting Biblical prophecy is often a game of expectation versus reality. We form our own narratives, only to be surprised by the unfolding truth. It’s only in hindsight do we end up understanding the whole picture.
Just like when Jesus showed up defying the anticipated image of a conquering king overthrowing Rome. The Pharisees, despite their deep knowledge of scripture, failed to recognize the Messiah they had awaited for centuries.
Similarly, our understanding of the end times, the rapture, and the second coming may not align with the reality of it. Popular depictions, like the ‘Left Behind’ series, have painted a picture in our minds, but the truth may be very far from it.
If these events were to occur exactly as we imagine, wouldn’t we all recognize them instantly? Yet, the Bible tells us that these events — the rapture, the apostasy (Christians walking away from the faith en masse), the rise of the Antichrist, the mark of the beast, and the appearance of the two witnesses — will happen right under people’s noses, because they won’t mirror our expectations.
This is why discernment will be a priceless asset in the last days, with deception running rampant.
So, approach God with humility and prayer, and be open to the idea that there’s more to all this than we can see or understand.